Australia is fast becoming The Kingdom of the Pacific show and the performance very Abbottesque (ODT)
In a lengthy online rebuttal, Mr Huang has verged on accusing the Australian government of racism and authoritarianism.
Billionaire Chinese political donor Huang Xiangmo says the millions of dollars he’s given to both Liberal and Labor was solicited by the major political parties, and he insists the government’s cancellation of his Australian residency was “grotesquely unfair”.
The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed this week his residency had been cancelled and his citizenship application refused because of ASIO’s fear he was peddling Beijing’s influence.
“It is profoundly disappointing to be treated in such a grotesquely unfair manner,” he said.
The political will was lacking, once again raising the question: What is it the political parties don’t want us to know?
The Grattan Institute has analysed the 2017-18 donations data released on Friday by the Australian Electoral Commission and found $56 million of income to the Liberal and Labor parties that could not traced, because they’re not required to disclose where it comes from.
As with all things associated with disclosure and transparency in Australia, the ‘process’ is as clear as mud. It does seem, however, that the AEC is being used by politicians to pursue an agenda. This is now a common theme in Australia, the politicization of government agencies.And, right on cue, the Australian Federal Police have conducted raids on Australian Workers Union offices in Melbourne and Sydney. The investigation relates to whether donations made to activist group GetUp were authorised under union rules. The AFP issued a statement confirming they were carrying out the raids on behalf of the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC), the independent regulator of unions and employer associations. Instead they’ve gone for the circus of involving the AFP — who are just doing their jobs — and executing a search warrant for documents that had they asked for, requested, or served the notice to produce, we would have willingly provided them.
Energy giant failed to declare donations it made to NSW major parties at a time when it was seeking development approvals for projects on state’s mid-north coast
According to the Labor Party’s rising star, Senator Sam Dastyari, 10 big companies control our political process. You don’t need to look far to find evidence of the power wielded by “the big end of town”.
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Loopholes in Australia’s political donation laws let donors and parties escape scrutiny.
Combining stricter disclosure rules for donations and ending political ads dressed up as government information could enhance voters’ faith in the system