Constituent policy

POLICY LAUNCH: Taking coal and gas money out of politics

The Greens will stop big polluters from corrupting democracy by banning donations from the fossil fuel sector to political parties, candidates and associated entities.

Since 2012, the fossil fuel industry has donated more than $9 million to major parties. It is no coincidence that successive governments have refused to take strong action to fight the climate, while allowing coal and gas companies to pollute our air and water, destroy agricultural land and culturally significant sites. and release billions of tons of carbon emissions.

The Greens’ plan will free our politics from the grip of the fossil fuel industry by banning all political donations from the sector, closing the revolving door between politics and the coal and gas industry, and establishing a National Commission of strong and independent integrity to crack down on corruption.

The Greens plan:

  • Ban all political donations from the mining and resources sector (and other dirty industries) and cap all other donations at $1,000 per year
  • Bar resource ministers and advisers from working for the fossil fuel industry within five years of leaving parliament
  • Publish a record of meetings between ministers and mining lobbyists (including in-house lobbyists currently excluded from the Lobbying Code of Conduct)
  • Establish a strong and independent national corruption watchdog
  • Provide a code of conduct for all politicians and senior managers

This policy is a key part of the overall Greens plan to clean up politics and revitalize our democracy. Our full plan for democracy can be found here: Reform the whole system to end political corruptionand in addition to the above, includes campaign spending limits, strengthening the register of interests and freedom of information laws, preventing misinformation from undermining public debate, and increasing the diversity of political representation so that parliament better reflects our community.

As Deputy Leader of the Greens and Democracy Critic, Senator Larissa Waters said:

“The coal, gas and oil companies don’t give millions every year to Liberals, Nationals and Labor because they’re big believers in democracy – they do it because it gets results. Let’s call it by its name: legalized corruption.

“Big polluters should not be able to buy political results and corrupt democracy with legalized bribes. In the balance of power after the next election, the Greens will push to ban all political donations from the fossil fuel sector.

“Dirty fossil fuel sector giveaways and post-political job vacancies are the reason there are 114 coal and gas projects in the federal pipeline nationwide, despite it being in the middle of a climate crisis, where science is clearly saying that we need rapid reductions in emissions and a phase-out of fossil fuels.

“In the past, we’ve seen Big Mining spend $24 million on an ad campaign to unseat a prime minister over a super profit tax proposal.

“We have seen the Morrison government give $21 million of public money to a company chaired by a major Liberal Party donor to fracture gas in the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territories, in the midst of a climate crisis and against the will of the traditional owners.

“The disproportionate influence of dirty donations on government decisions is why Australia has pathetic climate policies, weak environmental protections and no action on social, economic and racial justice.

“Elected officials should work for the people, not for the highest bidder. This is why the Greens will ban all political donations from the mining and resources sector and all industries with a history of seeking influence on political decisions, and prevent ministers and advisers from taking post-political gigs. cushy for five years.

“We will also shine a light on who meets whom by publishing a record of ministers’ meetings, and we will hold politicians to account by introducing an enforceable code of conduct and a strong, independent national corruption watchdog.

“Federal politics stopped putting people first a long time ago and sold our democracy to corporate donors. Fixing this starts with kicking businesses out of Canberra and creating a system we can trust to work for all of us.

“Only the Greens have a clear plan to restore confidence in our democracy, and in the balance of power after the next election, we will push the next government to make it happen.”

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