Thursday, 23 July 2009

End the developer donations

As frank an admission this morning as you will ever read about the link between “paid favours in politics” and development approvals. Tucked away in The Australian was a first rate piece by Michael Owen quoting a prominent South Australian identity with almost 30 years’ experience in property development, warning of the influence of lobbyists within the Rann government, saying it is “the price you pay for getting developments through”, while lamenting the national trend of “paid favours in politics”.

The time has surely come to dramatically reduce the amount spent on election campaigns in this country and hence the need for this grubby fund raising business.

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