Forget the restoration of the construction watchdog, the Greens want a political donation reform package endorsed as a top priority when parliament next sits.
Greens senator Lee Rhiannon wants both the Coalition and Labor to commit to political donation reform before the federal election.
She doubts that the latest political donation scandal that has engulfed the NSW state and federal Liberal Party, and cabinet secretary Arthur Sinodinos, will be the last.
“The long overdue political donation reform package should be a top priority at the next sitting of parliament,” Senator Rhiannon said in a statement on Sunday.
The NSW Electoral Commission is refusing to pay the Liberals more than $4.4 million until it reveals the identities of secret donors who poured about $700,000 into the party’s coffers ahead of the 2011 state election, when Senator Sinodinos was its treasurer and finance director.
Senator Sinodinos has denied any wrongdoing and has enlisted lawyers in an effort to retract references to himself in the commission’s report, which he says could convey erroneous impressions over the NSW political donations scandal.
Labor MP Terri Butler told reporters in Brisbane that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cannot continue to have Senator Sinodinos in his inner circle while these clouds are hanging over his head.
Senator Rhiannon said Mr Turnbull has the power to stop these abuses in political donations.
“Does he have the courage to stop illegal activities that are not just damaging his own party but our whole democratic system?” she said.
Mr Turnbull has recalled parliament early from April 18, specifically aimed at trying to get legislation to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission passed by the Senate.
If this fails for a second time, which seems likely at this stage, it will be a trigger for a double dissolution election on July 2.