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Stop corruption

Whether we’re talking about climate change, deals for big developers, gambling, or privatisation, we won’t see meaningful change until we kick big money out of politics. 

The tobacco industry, big banks, the pokies lobby and fossil fuel companies have no business giving money to politicians. The Queensland Greens already refuse all corporate donations, but we believe they should be banned by law. 

Everyone knows that Queensland has a pretty poor history when it comes to corruption and a lack of accountability in politics, and as the only State without either an upper house or proportional representation, there are far fewer checks and balances on sitting governments. 

That’s why during my first term I introduced a Bill to ban all political donations from for-profit companies. The Bill was similar to the State government’s ban on property developer donations, but went further by extending the ban to all for-profit corporations and lobbying organisations like the Queensland Resources Council. 

Banning corporate donations is a necessary step to remove the risks that political donations from profit-driven companies and lobbyists pose to our democracy - but surprise, surprise, both major parties voted my bill down, and continue to take corporate money. 

Banning corporate donations would be a first step in cleaning up our democracy. Beyond this, I’m also pushing to:

  • Ban cash for access meetings with Government Ministers and MPs
  • Overhaul the budget estimates process to improve accountability and transparency 
  • Protect the right to peaceful protest and dissent
  • Jam the revolving door between politicians and lobbyists
  • Give our anti-corruption watchdog real teeth

You can see a copy of my Bill here, and read my speech introducing the Bill here.