Senator calls political class to get clean on foreign donations
Independent senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie called the political class to reveal to Australian people, which party and how much hard money campaign contributions received from the foreign donors.
“In the land Down Under money seems to buy political parties, politicians and policies”, Lambie said. “Major parties must show Aussie’s, who has given money and how much before leg is voted on Real Time Disclosure”, senator wrote on her Twitter.
Lamble referred to the Real Time Transparency Act proposed in the United States. According to its provision, the political parties, candidates and committees would have to reveal in 48 hours the campaign contributions of $1000 or more. Disclosure would also apply to contributions to and transfers from joint fundraising committees.
On Friday Shadow special minister for state Stephen Conroy said that Ms Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of Liberal Party had breached standards set by Mr Turnbul.
“Ms Bishop isn’t some junior senator — she is the Foreign Minister of the country and deputy leader of the Liberal Party.”
Foreign Minister had accepted an iPad, airfares and accommodation from a Chinese-owned company, and her West Australian division of the Liberal Party had been given more than $500,000 from donors with links to the Chinese Government, according to Mr. Conroy.
Although there is no evidence the minister did anything illegal, Mr Conroy called Australian to wonder whether Minister for Foreign Affairs has been compromised by the Chinese donations.
“Ms Bishop isn’t some junior senator — she is the Foreign Minister of the country and deputy leader of the Liberal Party.”, Mr Conroy said in a statement.
During the weekend the Australian political class on the right and left side of the aisle and their media appeared to choose not to discuss Mr. Conroy’s allegations.