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Crown corruption highlights urgent need for donations reform

The Greens say that proper regulation of the gambling industry requires a ban on the industry donating to political parties.

Western Australian Greens spokesperson on Gambling Alison Xamon said:

“Since 2012-13, more than half of all money donated by Crown to political parties in Australia has come to parties in WA.

“Crown has spent nearly $800,000 in WA alone, with WA Labor raking in $312,430 and the WA Liberals taking $437,509.

Donations reform

There is increasing public concern about the role large corporations play in influencing public policy. There are a number of avenues by which this influence can be exerted, but the most obvious one is the cash flowing from large corporations to the coffers of political parties.

Many Australians are concerned that the wants of the ‘big end of town’ take priority over the needs of everyday citizens in Government decision-making – especially once large donations become involved.

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