LNP seeking to buy a win at next election: Unions
UNIONS have lashed out at the Queensland Government's decision to uphold its electoral law changes relating to political donations.
Premier Campbell Newman on Monday backed down on a number of key LNP policies, promising to reverse legislation, after an 18.6% voter swing in the Stafford by-election at the weekend.
But he refused to change his government's asset sales agenda or electoral reforms, which raised the donation declaration threshold from $1000 to $12,400.
Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams claimed the premier and the LNP headquarters were desperate to retain the new law that allowed "secret multiple donations" to political parties.
"His humiliating reversals on bi-partisanship of the (corruption watchdog) CCC, pink overalls for bikies, and the estimates process are important, but this just distracts attention from the huge swag of secret donations the LNP is amassing from multi-nationals and the big end of town," he said.
"After Stafford, the LNP leadership are keen to protect their secret cash stash so they can buy their way to victory at the next state election.
"If it was fair dinkum about apologising for trashing accountability in Queensland, it would overturn its laws that allow donors to bankroll the party and potentially buy their way into favour," he said.
Mr Newman said on Monday that his Cabinet had discussed those laws but no change was coming.
"I stress ... we had a need to line those up with the federal arrangements so there wasn't any inconsistency and we had legal advice that said that was the case," he said.
"Yes we considered that and the answer is that at the end of the day we felt there was compelling reasons, legitimate reasons to go that way."
The Opposition has pledged to reinstate the $1000 threshold retrospectively if it wins government.
This would mean, hypothetically, all donations over $1000 would have to be disclosed between now and then.