Premier Nathan Rees bans donations from developers – The National Interest – ABC Radio National – 20 November 2009

20 November 2009


Premier Nathan Rees bans donations from developers

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NSW Premier Nathan Rees has said the state ALP will no longer accept political donations from property developers and he’s planning to entrench a ban on developer donations in law.

The move is widely seen as a belated attempt to clean up Labor’s tarnished image in a state where relations between government MPs and property interests have been uncomfortably close, and where developers donations long ago overtook union fees as a key source of party funding.

Premier Rees has also announced a parliamentary inquiry into public funding for election campaigns.

Whether these moves will be enough to save the Rees government from defeat at the next state election is another question.

But the Premier may also be hoping to boost the Labor vote by introducing automatic enrolment, which should see more young people casting a ballot in 2011.

Rather than voters having to notify the electoral commission if they turn 18 or move house, data matching systems will be used to update the roll automatically.


Nathan Rees
NSW Premier



Peter Mares


Erica Vowles

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