Lapsed laws to ban property developer donations to political parties in Queensland will be reintroduced within the next six months, but not immediately, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

The donations ban was one of 31 recommendations from the Crime and Corruption Commission’s report into corruption in the 2016 council elections, which the state government pledged to implement.

The laws lapsed because they hadn’t passed through parliament when the state election was called in November last year and Ms Palaszczuk says her government will get to the issue but not immediately.

“That’s not the No.1 priority – we’ve got a number of issues coming forward – but we would hope to reintroduce that legislation within the next six months,” the premier told reporters in Townsville.

Ms Palaszczuk also refused to commit to implementing all 31 recommendations from the report.

“It’s not on my agenda at the moment, so we’ll have a look at it, but we have some other priorities at the moment,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington accused Ms Palaszczuk of political opportunism on the issue.

“Before the state election, Annastacia Palaszczuk rushed retrospective legislation into the parliament that went beyond the recommendations of the independent CCC,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Queenslanders should be concerned that when it comes to local government corruption, Annastacia Palaszczuk said one thing before the election and says another thing now.”

The lapsed legislation would have seen any company or individual whose main business is property development prohibited by law from donating to politicians or political parties.

Labor officially stopped accepting donations from developers a few days before the bill was introduced and called on the Liberal National Party to follow suit.

However, then-opposition leader Tim Nicholls rejected the calls, saying if developer donations were banned then donations from unions should be as well.


By Stuart Layt