While there is a suspicion that some property development donations are corrupt (73 per cent), the suspicion is even higher for gaming (76 per cent) and still very high for unions (63 per cent), alcohol (60 per cent) and lawyers (51 per cent).
The legislation should be withdrawn immediately. Pushing it through on the numbers will increase public perceptions of corruption rather than decrease them.
The Israel Folau case is about more than “inclusion”. It is about religious belief, honesty, integrity, the corruption of sport by commerce, the corruption of commerce by personal interest, and the duty of individuals to stay true to their own moral code, even against overwhelming pressure.
The CCC action shows that the proposed property developer donation ban is unnecessary. The cases will demonstrate how a proper political system, subject to the rule of law, should operate in these situations.
If the government has evidence of corrupt donors, it should prosecute them, not persecute a whole industry - real estate - on suspicion that some of its members might be corrupt
Our submission was that religious belief has too much, and too little, protection and laws relating to religious freedom require a total makeover, including removal of responsibility from the states.
Labor's problem is this. If abolishing negative gearing is to improve housing affordability it has to decrease prices. But if it decreases prices it decreases the savings of all home owners.
For 50 years I’ve been worrying about the fate of the Great Barrier Reef. As time has progressed I’ve become less sensitive to each new claim because the reef is manifestly, and gloriously, still there.
Both sides supported Adani, but Palaszczuk’s decision to veto the loan somehow let her off the hook with city voters, while keeping her sweet enough with regional ones.
We polled twice during the Queensland state election. Our first poll was reported prominently in The Australian, and this morning the Courier Mail published our analysis from the second poll (an exit poll) as an op-ed.