Mayor vows to reveal list of poll donors
SUNSHINE Coast mayor Mark Jamieson has committed to releasing a full list of his campaign donors and the amounts involved before the election.
He was responding to calls from peak community group OSCAR for all candidates to declare donations on a website it has established to improve transparency around the election process.
Cr Jamieson won't register with the site.
He said he has been declaring all campaign contributions on the council disclosure log within 30 days of him becoming aware of them since last October.
The disclosure can be found at the bottom of Cr Jamieson's profile on the Sunshine Coast Council website.
It lists the name of the donor and the type of donation for all receipts over $500 but not the actual amount received.
"I will ensure everyone knows what I'm doing,'' Cr Jamieson said.
"There shouldn't be any doubt as to who Mark Jamieson's supporters are. They will be listed on there.
"I have also undertaken with my campaign team that a full list and all the values will be published (on the council website) prior to the election.
"That should be more than enough transparency.
"All the people who donate to my campaign know that if there is any conflict I will absent myself from the chamber.
"The majority of my supporters are the same as previously.''
Most of the candidates contacted by the Sunshine Coast Daily yesterday were supportive of the www.disclosure.oscar.org.au process and will register and declare donations in advance of the election.
Should all candidates be required to follow one set of rules when it comes to campaign donations?
This poll ended on 22 February 2016.
Yes. They should all have to declare in the same place, within the same time frames.
No. As long as they're declaring it one way or the other that's fine.
They shouldn't have to declare donations at all.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The website responds to a recommendation of the Crime and Corruption Commission that the Local Government Act be changed to require real time declaration of donations before polling day.
Greens' mayoral candidate Tony Gibson said he would register and declare donations as would all Green candidates.
Mr Gibson said funding from the Greens' state centre would also be declared.
While declaring they are self-funded, some councillors appear reluctant to engage with the OSCAR initiative.
Cr Rick Baberowski (Div 1) said he was fully self-funding his campaign and had not solicited or accepted any campaign donations.
"And I will not be doing so,'' he said.
"Because of this, there is no need for me to use the OSCAR process."
Division 3 councillor Peter Cox also said his campaign was self-funded.
Cr Cox said he had read the information relating to the disclosure website but there was a register of interests on the council's own website.
In Division 4, candidate John Connolly said his declarations would be as required by the electoral commission, which requires all donors to be declared by the 15th week after the election.
However Myles Blackwell has given the process his 100% support and fellow candidate Geoff Peters also said he would engage despite being self-funded.
John Hutchinson, also in Division 4, has already been fundraising.
He said he was checking back with the last few of his donors but believed he would support the disclosure exercise.
CANDIDATES TO DECLARE (Donations above $200)
- Mark Jamieson: Yes, but on Sunshine Coast Council's website, not the community disclosure log
- Tony Gibson (Greens): Yes, on the disclosure log and will include any contributions from the Greens' state branch
- Rick Baberowski: No, but says he is not soliciting donations
- Rod Jones: Yes
- Dave Ritson: Yes
- Cr Tim Dwyer: Yet to respond
- Cr Peter Cox: Has not accepted donations. No
- Fiona Anderson (Greens): Yes
- Andrew Champion: Yes
- Steve Barclay: Yet to respond
- John Connolly: No
- John Hutchinson: Yes
- Tyronne D'Lisle: Unable to contact
- Charles Hodgson: Happy to comply with the request
- Myles Blackwell: Yes
- Geoff Peters: Yes
- Cr Jenny McKay: Yes
- Yvonne Dalziel: Yes
- Sue Etheridge: Yes
- Christian Dickson: Yes
- Mike Doroshenko: Yes
- Ted Hungerford: Yes
- Mike Deans: Yes
- Cam Young: Yes
- Daniel Bryar: Yes
- Jason O'Pray: Still to decide
- Andriana Adamska-Bland: Declared
- Cr Steve Robinson: Self-funded, will use council's register.
- Angela Wilson: Yes
- Greg Rogerson: Yes
- Mike Strano: Already registered
- Michelle Blythe: Yes
Go to http://disclosure.oscar.org.au/ for regular updates.