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Senator John Cherry Democrats Senator for Queensland Australian Democrats spokesperson for Housing

Dated: 15 February 2005 Press Release Number: 05/069 Portfolio: Housing Related: Electoral Matters & Public

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Ban developers' donations to clean up State / local politics

Ban developers donations to clean up State, local politics Political donations by property developers to State and local governments should be banned to ensure that donations are not used to effect zoning, development and contract decisions, according to the Australian Democrats. Democrats Housing spokesperson Senator John Cherry, Political donations by property developers to State and local governments should be banned to ensure that donations are not used to effect zoning, development and contract decisions, according to the Australian Democrats. Democrats Housing spokesperson Senator John Cherry, visiting Perth today, says new political donations data shows that property developers are now the largest single donors to political parties and are enjoying a 'disproportionate' influence on Government decisions as a result. "The profitability of the property development industry is dependent entirely on decisions of State and Local Government and donations are clearly having an impact on those decisions," he said. "In my home State of Queensland, donations from the development industry to the ALP last year exceeded the contribution from the trade unions for the first time. "In West Australia, donations from the development industry made up a third of all donations received in 2003/4 and in 2002/3 to the West Australian ALP and a fifth of all private donations received by the Liberal party. "Nationally, property developers tipped $1.9 million into the Liberal party in 2003/4 and the Labor Party received over $3.2 million. "The problem of political donations is worse at the local government level. In my home state of Queensland, donations by developers have resulted in 'developer-friendly' majorities on the Gold Coast City Council which has resulted in all sorts of inappropriate coastal development. "Prominent ex-Labor figures, now paid lobbyists for the development industry in Queensland, include two former Labor Lord Mayors of Brisbane and two former State Secretaries of the ALP. "Western Australia needs to do everything it can to avoid the crazy white shoe

brigade development policies of Queensland, and banning donations by property developers is the way to do it. "Otherwise Western Australia's beaches will be shaded by high-rise, the bushland cut down for inappropriate development and water and energy infrastructure will be put under pressure by poorly planned development and growth," Senator Cherry said.