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Outrage over Cash for Votes Secret Deal

May 29, 2013

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  • Libs and Labor secure secret election funding deal
  • Tony Windsor calls the deal “a smear and a slur on all of us.”
  • Wayne Swan says reforms are necessary “to ensure there is integrity in our political system”

The grubby world of politics has traversed new depths with both major political players the Coalition and Labor agreeing to a secret deal that will see taxpayers pay some $20 million a year to boost their political campaigning war chests.

Under the agreement, both parties will begin siphoning the public purse to the tune of millions of dollars well before the September 14 Federal Election.

The Gillard government has confirmed that the first payment of about $2.5 million will be distributed as soon as the legislation passes the Senate next month, boosting the campaign war chests of all players.

The new, additional public funding for so-called “administrative’’ ­ purposes, was secretly negotiated between Labor, the Liberal Party and the Nationals.

On top of the tens of millions in existing public funding dished out after each election, parties and independents will now receive $1 for each vote they receive in the House of Representatives and $1 for each Senate vote. The money will be paid at 33c a year and in quarterly installments.

In addition, each party (defined by having a minimum of five senators or MPs) will receive $300,000 a year in so-called annual “compliance funding’’.

The secret deal, that effectively cements the duopoly to the detriment of any new or emerging political parties in the future, has been slammed by Independents Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and veteran Labor senator John Faulkner condemned his own party.

Senator Faulkner called the measures a “disgrace” adding that he was “no longer angry and disappointed but ashamed” of Labor.

“We are providing administrative funding to political parties without any public policy purpose,” he told caucus. “It is very bad politics and even worse policy.”

Rob Oakeshott called the deal indefensible.

“This cannot in any way be defended as being in the best interests of taxpayers, voters, the community or the nation,” he said.

“We are providing administrative funding to political parties without any public policy purpose,” he is said to have told caucus. “It is very bad politics and even worse policy.”

Treasurer Wayne Swan defended the measures, saying there had been an element of public funding in the political system since 1984.

“These are important reforms to ensure there is integrity in our political system, and yes it does have an element of public funding with it,” he said.

“It’s part and parcel of making sure that our political system is not captured by people with large amounts of money.”

Asked why the changes were being backdated to April, Mr Swan said the laws had been in the works for five years.

“And it’s appropriate that it starts and applies to the (September) election.”

Mr Swan denied he sledged MP John Faulkner when the Labor stalwart declared he was “ashamed” of the changes in a party meeting on Tuesday.

 

 

 

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 29, 2013 11:05 am

    If the ALP and Libs agree on funding it is bound to be shady.

    It would be a good policy for the independents to call off support for the government and go to an election now.

    The snout in the public trough would resonate now, but will be tired news by Sept.
    =======
    Yet again Faulkner shows his character while Swan demonstrates his lack of it.

  2. Splatterbottom permalink
    May 29, 2013 11:29 am

    Where is Dr No when you need him?

  3. IPAddress permalink
    May 29, 2013 11:36 am

    This stinks to high heaven. (Can you say heaven here?)

  4. May 29, 2013 11:58 am

    Ok, so who’s the wise guy who voted for “It’s necessary to ensure there is integrity in our political system”…..???

  5. May 29, 2013 11:59 am

    Snouts in the trough up to their piggy ears and a nail in the coffin of democracy. A plague on both their houses!

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    May 29, 2013 12:00 pm

    A pox on all their houses … representatives? My arse! Non of the pricks represent me or mine … I don’t lie, cheat, steal or deceive … and I don’t know too many that do it intentionally, without some guilt …

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    May 29, 2013 12:01 pm

    Great minds .. ee …

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    May 29, 2013 12:02 pm

    Ok, so who’s the wise guy who voted for …

    Probably the defenders of the faith on the other thread … 🙂

  9. May 29, 2013 5:25 pm

    The duopoly , both as bad as each other , this is like `misogyny` day , both the toads uniting to do mischief and the indi`s trying to keep the cnuts on the straight and narrow ,

    pox to Mr-Rabbit and Joolya

  10. Disgustingly Evil Walrus permalink
    May 29, 2013 10:19 pm

    Telegraph reports the Libs are walking away from it all now.

    ALP desperate for cash as no one wants to pay to sit at a table with a lying low life grub of a PM let alone donate to the ALP.

    Gillard hangs out to dry

  11. egg permalink
    May 30, 2013 7:36 am

    APOPLECTIC

    ‘The respected Liberal veteran Russell Broadbent did not hold back in his contempt for the plan, calling it ‘‘a pox on both houses’’.

    ‘‘There has been no dialogue with the Australian people. The public have not been taken along with us,’’ he said.

    ‘‘It’s just inappropriate … and it’s morally wrong. I have discussed it with many of my colleagues and I have not found a person who is supportive of this, not one.’’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/big-parties-election-funding-deal-wobbles-as-mps-field-protest-calls-20130529-2nc67.html#ixzz2Uih1IVtg

  12. May 30, 2013 10:10 am

    Abbott: “we have listened, we have learned and the bill is dead” (on additional taxpayer subsidies for political parties)

  13. May 30, 2013 6:32 pm

    24 hours or so , that`s how long this plot lasted , once the first bit of heat was applied to this issue Mr-Rabbit ran away from it , just like he did on his gay-marriage revision , Mr-Rabbit still doesn`t stand for anything

  14. May 30, 2013 6:38 pm

    Wilkie , Windsor and Oakshott were against this, just saw Bandt with them , but did Katter support this dodgey plot.? l never heard.

  15. egg permalink
    May 30, 2013 6:41 pm

    ‘Mr-Rabbit still doesn`t stand for anything’

    Methinks he lacks a backbone.

  16. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 31, 2013 7:36 pm

    If the ALP select David Feeney in front of Gen Kearney they have completely lost the plot would be a win for a faceless man/hack/power broker over a woman of genuine talent and commitment.

    On this basis Feeney s probably a certainty.

  17. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 31, 2013 7:37 pm

    Ged Ged

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    May 31, 2013 7:58 pm

    Gillard hangs out to dry

    Narrow minded much?

    Abbott AND Gillard … acts and omissions … they are BOTH as bad …

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    … calling it ‘‘a pox on both houses’’ …

    Another secret reader of TDT, methinks … we may have more influence than we think … 🙄

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