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South Australian Independent wants to ban ‘success’ fees

9 August, 2009

South Australian Independent Bob Such is drafting amendments to the Bill he has put before the South Australian Parliament concerning ministerial accountability and political lobbying. The current Bill requires that ‘success’ fees are publicly listed but Mr. Such wants them banned. He is also concerned with paid access to Ministers:

“Once you start getting the paid attention of a minister then I think you’re on the slippery slope and I want to see that banned,” he said.

“Private gatherings where people pay to get the ear of the minister, I think, is unacceptable.

“What we have is an emerging problem in SA and we should nip it in the bud.”

Mike Rann, the Premier of South Australia, says there is a different corporate culture in his State compared to Queensland, so there is no need for a ban on political donations as long as they are disclosed. Isobel Raymond, the Opposition Leader, would support a ban if there was bi-partisian support.

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