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Labor gets its hands dirty with sleazy NBN deals.

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MEDIA RELEASE SF/493. Thursday July 16, 2009


The Rudd Government’s latest fundraising dinner with teleco companies is more dodgy than the English cricket teams time wasting tactics in the last Ashes Test, Family First Leader Senator Steve Fielding said.

“I find it incompressible that the Labor Party would exploit its position and profit from companies hoping to gain contracts for the broadband network.

“What happened to giving all Australian’s a fair go?

“Under the Rudd government it's obviously not what you know, but who you know and how much you’re willing to pay for the Labor Party.

“No wonder corporate governance groups are worried about the $5000 per head fundraising dinner to be held in Hobart tonight.

"This makes a complete mockery of the Rudd Government's claims that they are trying to clean up the rorting of political donations.

"That's why I voted against the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill in the first place, because the changes were just window dressing that did nothing to stop the political sleaze.

"If the Labor party was truly committed to having greater political transparency, they would refuse to accept donations from any teleco company until at least one year after all of the major contracts have been awarded.

"There needs to be greater restrictions on who can give money to political parties.

"Alcohol and tobacco companies should be banned from donating money to political parties and there should be tighter controls on parties accepting money from companies and individuals who have a commercial interest at stake."

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