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Discussion in 'Politics' started by Aussie D, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Aussie D Colin Windon (37)

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    From: http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/where-does-get-up-get-off/

    I haven't seen any comment on here about the legislation passed in the NSW parliament last week regarding political donations. I know this is Bronwyn Bishop I am quoting but take a step back from shooting the messenger and just think about what she is actually saying. Along with internet censorship, NBN and threats to TV stations is anyone else worried about the direction Labour is taking? It seems to be going down a rather worrying path to totalitarianism.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Moses Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Pretty cunning, they slash donations from the groups that donate to the other side then claim it as a victory for democracy

    http://twitter.com/KKeneally/status/2564089121341441

    Considering some of these unions are public sector, ie paid for with public revenue, it's pretty ordinary that they can have so much influence
  3. Elfster Bob Loudon (25)

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    In part that is the venal actions that is the corpse of NSW Labor. As they realise thay are gone they are getting stuff done that does reek. also there is the Green's role in this bill as well. It is about power for the sake of power. Hopefully legislation like this will be changed once there is a change of government next year. If that happens.
  4. Ash Steve Williams (59)

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    The donations to Labor needs to be vetted, no matter what the source. Labor already has a track record for trying to hide behind donations to Unions - the Greens have caught them out on this before.

    Don't rely on Liberals doing anything to political donations, though.
  5. Scotty Simon Poidevin (60)

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    No the Libs aren't likely to do anything about political donations, however they are also unlikely to come out and say 'union donations over 1,000 must be declared, but business donations don't have to be'. This is essentially what Labor is doing the other way around. Shocking.

    Labor are abusing their power to try and skew the game in their favour, and as Aussie D says, their (at least some of their factions) attitude is 'we know what is best for everyone, and we will control the political spectrum and the lives of the general public so it ends up this way' is very worrying.

    Opening up the curtains and letting the light shine is the very opposite of what they are currently doing.
  6. Scotty Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Oh and on Get Up! What a hypocritical bunch of tossers they are! Campaigning for openess in political donations and then taking sums of $1M from unions. Unions!

    Fuck me. Unions paid them to attack Tony Abbott on a statement he said 20 years ago in relation to women.

    If I was a union member I would be extremely angry at when my union fees get utilised for this sort of thing.
  7. barbarian Andrew Slack (58)

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    Paul Sheehan wrote a pretty scathing article about this a few weeks ago. It really is terrible, bare-faced politics of the worst kind, masqueraded as much-needed progress for the electoral system in NSW. I can't wait to kick these guys out, this just confirms what thugs NSW Labor have become.
  8. noahil

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    I think that political donations should always be made public, so that everyone can see the records, I think it's important to identify possible conflicts of interests.

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