We need to shine a light on dodgy political dealings. I’m calling on the Queensland Parliament to task the Crime and Corruption Commission with investigating the corrupting influence of political donations on our democracy. Please sign and share my petition and let’s create a future for all of us
PETITION to the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland:
Queenslanders are deeply concerned about the corrupting influence of political donations on government decision-making.
Queensland’s corruption watchdog, the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC), recently investigated corruption at the Local Government level and found disturbing levels of dodgy relationships and donations from companies with vested interests in decision-making. The full extent of corruption in Local Governments is still being uncovered, but no investigation like this has been conducted into the extent of corruption, or the perceived risk of corruption, at the State government level in Queensland.
The CCC has previously acknowledged that the increased the risk of corruption, associated with political donations, is a key concern. The Palaszczuk Government and Opposition could, with a bipartisan direction through the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee, direct the CCC to investigate the corrupting influence of political donations on all aspects of governance, policy and decision-making in Queensland.
The integrity of Queensland’s political system requires that the public have trust in the independence of our parliamentarians and political parties, and faith that our Government is representing the people, as a democracy should.
Your petitioners, therefore, request that the House call on the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee to instigate a CCC investigation into:
• the extent of political donations to Members of Parliament, registered political parties, political candidates and associated entities in Queensland;
• the influence of political donations on governance, policy and decision-making in Queensland; and
• the perceived risk of corruption caused by political donations in Queensland.