The Redlands has experienced rapid development over the past few decades. We are currently going through the process of preparing a new City planning scheme known as City Plan 2015. Discussion about the amount and type of future residential development is hotting up. There is some concern about the transparency of planning decisions at the state and local level in Queensland.
Can we learn from NSW?
In NSW it is illegal for property developers to make political donations. These laws were introduced in 2009 to reduce the risk and perception that developers could get favorable decisions by donating money to politicians. Former NSW Premier Nathen Rees explained why he introduced these laws in the Sydney Morning Herald where he said that the people of his state were:
entitled to a planning and governance system free of innuendo and corruption. Nothing corrodes public confidence more than a belief that favourable decisions can be bought. It is the definition of corruption.
Investigations by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) have resulted in some members resigning from the NSW parliament after admitting to receiving illegal donations – in brown paper bags.
What about political donations in Queensland?
Is there any reason to believe that the property development industry in Queensland is different to the industry in NSW? Are there fundamental differences between politicians north and south of the Tweed?
Queensland has no laws which ban developers from making donations to state or local politicians. Should we follow the lead of NSW and ban developers from making political donations?
Have your say in our poll.
We think it important to note that polls of this nature only reflect the views of people who choose to participate. In this respect they are different to statistically valid polls which use random sampling.
The poll was open for 13 days and during this time 154 people voted on the question:
Should Queensland ban developers from making political donations?
The results show that a resounding majority of people who responded support the idea of Queensland following the lead of NSW and banning developers from making political donations.Redlands2030 will be making our state parliamentarians aware of the community’s wishes.