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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Electoral laws - Premier's statement to Parliament

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Electoral laws - Premier's statement to Parliament

    Over the last two days, serious allegations have been raised about attempts by senior figures within the One Nation party to submit false expense claims to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

    These allegations have been referred to various law enforcement and oversight bodies.

    From day one, my government has prided itself on transparency.

    The first piece of legislation we introduced was to reverse the LNP’s changes to donation laws and voter identification requirements.

    We have introduced Australia’s most transparent real time donation laws, compelling all political parties and donors to submit what they have paid or received – and from whom – within seven days.

    If the independent investigations of these allegations reveals gaps in our electoral laws that political parties could use to defraud taxpayers, then I will fill those gaps.

    Just as I pledged to retrospectively reverse the LNP’s electoral disclosure limit changes, political parties need to know that any changes I make will also be retrospective.