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Disclosure of political donations in S.A.

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Media Release From the Office of John McLeay MINISTER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Irrmediate Release . ^ Thursday, September 13, 1979

The underhand methods of the Corcoran Government in South Australia to force v

Liberal supporters to declare their donations publicly while Labor contributions

were deliberately concealed are political thuggery, the Minister for Administrative

Services, John McLeay, said today. ■ · ■ „

"I am sure that most South Australians are extremely worried by such dishonest

standards by their Government," he said.

"The black bans imposed by building union leaders on employers because of their

support for a Liberal Government were blatant stand-over tactics reminiscent of

gangster techniques.

"There is no place for such political gangsterism in 1979 and I am whole- .

heartedly behind the right of employers to support whom they wish."

Mr. McLeay was elaborating on an assurance that he gave in the Federal Parliament

today that the Government did not. intend to force companies to disclose political

donations. .

He said the S.A. Government had tried to change the law to force companies to

disclose political donations of more than $100 but had been stopped by the

Liberal majority in the Upper House.

"As part of its twisted attitude the Government saw no reason for forcing unions

to disclose their political donations," said Mr. McLeay. r

"The measures to conceal what trade unions pay to the A.L.P., whether their

members want to contribute or not, extend to S.A. industrial laws. ' ·

"Union members are not permitted to examine the financial statements that have

to be lodged with the State Industrial registrar even though it is their money."

Mr. McLeay said A.L.P. spokesmen admitted that 70 per cent of their campaign

funds came from trade unions, including those dominated by Communists.

"In view of the $25,000 contributed by the Communist dominated metal workers

union to the Federal Labor campaign in 1972, I challenge the Corcoran Government

to disclose how much was received in the current campaign," he said.