The Queensland government has announced it is set to ban developer donations at both the state and local levels. The announcement comes following recommendations from the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC), who released a report investigating the conduct of candidates in the 2016 local government elections.
Last week, premier Annastacia Palazczuk said that while all 31 recommendations would be discussed, she strongly supported two of them: a ban on developer donations and a better means of dealing with perceived conflicts of interest for councillors.
Ironically, the Queensland ALP received $33,000 from Consolidated Properties Group on the same day as the announcement, reports The Australian. This is in addition to the $16,000 the company donated to Labor in September, and the $4,000 that was received across two separate donations last year. Consolidated Properties Group also gave $34,380 to the Liberal National Party this year.
It is not certain how soon the ban on developer donations will come into play. Reports from Fairfax Media on Monday state that the premier is uncertain whether she wants these laws passed before she calls an election.
Further details are expected to arise today after further discussion in parliament.