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Time for Turnbull to put his foreign money where his mouth is



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SENATOR DON FARRELL

SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

TIME FOR TURNBULL TO PUT HIS FOREIGN MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS

Turnbull’s Liberals are all talk and no action on banning foreign donations.

Today I asked three simple questions of Special Minister of State Senator Mathias

Cormann, in his capacity representing the Prime Minister in the Senate:

 When did the Federal Liberal Party last accept a foreign donation?

 When will the Prime Minister follow Bill Shorten’s lead and personally

commit the Liberal Party to immediately cease accepting foreign donations?

 Does the Prime Minister agree with Senator Simon Birmingham’s comment

about multi-million dollar foreign donations to the Liberal party, in which he

said: “I don’t care who wants to give money to the Liberal Party.”

The Minister did not answer any of those questions.

He wouldn’t tell the Australian people when the Liberal Party last received a foreign

donation.

He wouldn’t tell the Australian people when the Liberal Party will stop accepting

foreign donations.

And he couldn’t even tell the Australian people that Malcolm Turnbull even cares

about where donations to the Liberal Party are coming from.

More than 575 days since Labor introduced its plans to Parliament and more than

a decade since Labor first committed to cleaning up political donations laws, the

Liberals continue to delay, dawdle and distract.

And, unlike Labor, the Liberals continue to accept foreign donations.

The Liberals must get on with responding to the issues raised by JSCEM, they

must announce a time-line for implementing this much needed reform and they

must and immediately follow Labor’s lead and voluntarily stop accepting foreign

donations until this issue is dealt with by the Parliament.

MONDAY, 25 JUNE 2018

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