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Comment invited on donation bans

Prior to the election being called, the UDIA Queensland was invited to make comment on the bill introduced by the Government to ban donations from developers to politicians. The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee received submissions from the public until 26 October.

The Institute had already made its position clear on this matter to the government and our submission reiterated our key issues.

We had welcomed the earlier Crime and Corruption Commission’s (CCC) report Operation Belcarra: A blueprint for integrity and addressing corruption risk in local government (the Belcarra report) and it is our view all recommendations should be thoroughly considered and investigated, however were concerned with the undue haste of the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017  preparation. This bill has now lapsed.

It is our position that all donations to political parties should be banned. We do not support discrimination against a particular industry or profession. Our submission noted that we do not believe the proposed Bill addressed the core issue, being the depoliticisation of the planning process and increasing the transparency of planning decisions. 

The Institute would welcome a debate on how to ensure political processes maintain the highest standards of integrity, accountability, and transparency.

We will keep members informed as this matter progresses. Any queries can be directed to our Policy Manager Martin Zaltron via mzaltron@udiaqld.com.au