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Pay for access outrage as Keith Hospital Chair reveals the only way to get ear of Premier was via an ALP fundraiser

 

Pay for access outrage as Keith Hospital Chair reveals the only way to get ear of Premier was via an ALP fundraiser

18/05/2012

The Greens have again called for the banning of cosy political party fundraising dinners using Ministers as bait, as the Chair of the Keith Hospital reveals it was the only way to get access to the Premier.

This morning on ABC radio the Chairman of the Keith Hospital, James D Barro, revealed that he and his community were so desperate to get access to Premier Weatherill to explain their situation that they resorted to paying hundreds of dollars for him to attend a ALP Progressive Business dinner.

“It is simply outrageous that a member of the community has to pay money to attend a party political fundraiser in order to get the ear of the Minister,” Greens Parliamentary Leader Mark Parnell said.

“Ministers of the Crown should not be used as bait to raise funds for political parties.

“To be so desperate to get a decent hearing with the Government of the day shows that the communication system between Ministers and the community they represent is broken.

“Having to pay for decent access is deeply unfair and undemocratic.

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Political parties keep $4m income a secret

 Political parties keep $4m income a secret

    by: Politicial Reporter Daniel Wills From the Advertiser
  • February 02, 2012
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    MORE than $4 million in secret income was given to SA's two major political parties in the past financial year.

     

    Political income returns released by the Australian Electoral Commission yesterday show Labor's fundraising arm, SA Progressive Business, delivered the state branch a $300,000 windfall in 2010-11.

     

    Unions gifted Labor at least $450,000.

     

    The biggest declared payments to the Liberal Party were $762,803 from its federal office, $150,000 from Adelaide gas company Santos and $100,000 from Beach Petroleum.

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    Rivers of gold increase for Labor and Liberal

    Media Release

    1st February 2011

     

    SA Labor and Liberal parties each received around $4 million last financial year, yet many of the donors remain a mystery.  The latest information is contained in the annual financial disclosure released this morning by the Australian Electoral Commission.

    “ South Australia has the worst electoral disclosure laws in the country.  Until we get more sunlight in, huge amounts of money will continue to flow to political parties in secret,” said Greens MLC Mark Parnell.

    The biggest single donor by far to the ALP was SA Progressive Business. 

    “This secretive slush fund, headed by high profile lobbyist, ex-ALP Senator Nick Bolkus, channelled almost $1 million into Labor’s coffers,” said Mr Parnell.

    Developers were also once again prominent, with Daycorp, the lead company behind the Mt Barker development donating $20,000 to the ALP, and Land SA (Fairmont Group) donating $85,000 to the Liberal party.  Walker Corporation – the company behind the highly controversial Buckland Park development and a partner with Daycorp in the Mt Barker Consortium - again donated to the ALP.

    Lang Walker, head of Walker Corporation, controversially appeared twice at ALP SA Progressive Business functions in the weeks leading up to the Buckland Park mega-suburb’s approval by the Labor Government in early 2010. 

    The Australian Hotels Association was again a big donor to both old parties with just under $60,000 being given to each party.  Greens’ research shows that, after NSW, SA is comparatively the place of most interest to the AHA.   Employers Mutual Ltd (EML), who has a lucrative monopoly contract with WorkCover, gave $37,000 to the ALP.

    Read more: Rivers of gold increase for Labor and Liberal

    Developers use cash as tool in claim

    Developers use cash as tool in claim /by MILES KEMP

    The Advertiser

    Saturday September 25, 2010

    1 - State Edition

    NEWS; Pg. 13

     

    ADELAIDE City Council has attacked hidden donations and political donations from developers and called for a more open and independent planning process.


    The State Government is under attack over its association with the sector and battling backlash over a massive developer-initiated Mt Barker expansion.

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    SA Greens Donations Register - State Election 2010

     

    The SA Greens are committed to open and transparent disclosure of all donations.

    Since the 5th March, no further donations (over $1,500) have been received

     

    Donations received by the SA Greens 1 July 2009 - 19th March 2010 (over a threshold of $1,500).

    Australian Building Construction Workers’ Federation (ABCWF)                   $10,000

     

     

    SA Greens Donations Register - State Election 2010

     5th March 2010

    The SA Greens are committed to open and transparent disclosure of all donations received.

    We are also committed to disclosure when the information counts: BEFORE South Australians cast their vote on March 20 2010.

     

    Donations received by the SA Greens 1 July 2009 - 5th March 2010 (over a threshold of $1,500).

    Australian Building Construction Workers’ Federation (ABCWF)                   $10,000

     

    (this list will be updated up until March 19 2010)

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