Labor took developer donation two days before ban
THE Labor Party accepted a $33,500 donation from one of Queensland's largest developers on the same day the Premier backed a CCC recommendation to ban the source from contributing to local government election candidates.
Ms Palaszczuk told State Parliament today that the Queensland Labor Party had decided last Friday not to accept further donations from the property industry.
However Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie was quick to point out Labor had received a donation of $33,500 on October 4 from Consolidated Properties.
Mr Bleijie, the LNP Opposition Shadow Minister for Employment, Industrial Relations, Skills and Training and Shadow Minister for Fair Trading, said his party was yet to decide whether or not it supported a developer donor ban and would not do so until it saw the legislation.
Taking aim at Labor's funding support he said the union movement had given it $2 million which he considered had leveraged legislation and policy the movement was seeking.
"Everyone's not equal before the law," Mr Bleijie said.
"I said at the time the CCC inquiry made sobering reading."
He said the LNP was working through the 31 recommendations of the Belcarra inquiry into 2016 local government elections, 22 of which have already received the government's support with a further nine supported in principle.
More than $11.2 million has been donated to political parties ahead of the next state election with money from developers flowing to both Labor and the LNP.
Consolidated Properties also donated $16,000 to Labor on September 18.
The company holds land west of Coolum which was the subject of a letter to the State Government from Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker which asked for it to be investigated for potential inclusion with the SEQ Regional Urban Footprint, a position at odds with the council's own planning documents.