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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 31


Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (12:20): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: This is just another hypocritical example of the Greens claiming they oppose corporate donations, having already accepted a $1.6 million corporate donation, one of the biggest in Australia's political history. The Greens were even happy to accept half a million dollars from a professional gambler, one of a secret group called the Punters Club being investigated by the Australian Taxation Office for fraud.

Labor believe in genuine electoral reform. That's why we have moved to ban foreign donations from our political system, that is why we have moved to protect civil society from the government's regulation overreach, and that is why we oppose the Greens' virtue signalling on this issue.