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Question Time: Loophole in Qld's developer donations ban

On Tuesday 9 March 2021, I asked the Attorney-General about the Government's intentions surrounding a loophole in the ban on donations from property developers.

You can read the answer below or in the official Queensland Parliament Record of Proceedings (Hansard).

Mr BERKMAN: My question is to the Attorney-General. McHomik Investments, a company owned and controlled by a property developer, donated $6,000 to the LNP in late 2019, and the Premier said before the election that this ‘sounds like a loophole’. Given that the same company has since made another donation to the LNP, what is the Attorney-General’s plan to fix this loophole in the developer donation ban?

Ms FENTIMAN: I thank the member for the question. Queensland has some of the strongest donation laws in the country. I am incredibly proud of this government’s track record. We have changed a lot of the laws relating to disclosure and donations, particularly after those opposite changed the laws where one could essentially walk into an MP’s office with a brown paper bag full of $12,000. That was their legacy around donations. We now have real-time donations. We have banned developer donations and we have some of the strongest laws in this country.

Ms Bates interjected.

Mr SPEAKER: The member for Mudgeeraba is warned under the standing orders.

Ms FENTIMAN: I am very prepared to stand in this House and back our strong laws in relation to developers and in relation to making sure that everyone has to disclose donations. We have done a lot of work to fix what those opposite did when they were in government. We have incredibly strong laws when it comes to donations and disclosure.

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