“Obscene amount of money”: Anthony Albanese claims a potential limit for political donations | News in Australia

Anthony Albanese broadly supported a political donation limit, citing the record $ 83 million donation from Mineralogy to Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party as an example of “obscene” donations that need to be limited.

In a large interview on ABC’s Insiders, the Labor leader also confirmed the goal of opposing zero net emissions by 2050 will include all sectors of the economy and could be partially achieved by adopting the national energy guarantee of the era Turnbull in the electrical sector.

Albanian agreed that Australia should introduce a limit on political donations at the federal level, arguing that such a measure is “common sense” because “democracy should not be for sale”.

“My state of New South Wales has a spending limit and has real-time disclosure rules,” he said. “This has not happened at the federal level.”

The 2019 elections saw political donation records collapse, with $ 4.1 million donated by philanthropist Isaac Wakil to the Liberal Party, second only to the $ 83 million donation of Mineralogy to the United Australia Party.

The Mineralogy donation sparked requests for limits on both donations and expenses, as the UAP flooded the radio waves with negative announcements that Palmer claimed to have commissioned to polarize the electorate against Labor’s Bill Shorten.

On Sunday, Albanian said that people should be able to donate and “participate in our democracy”.

“But what they shouldn’t be able to do is spend an obscene amount of money, which is what we have seen to change a politician [outcome], “He said.

Albanian agreed that the caps “should have been applied to everyone”, but noted that unions and businesses did not spend $ 83 million – as did the Palmer Mineralogy company before the 2019 election – which he called a ” extraordinary abuse. “

“But what we need is transparency. So we need reforms and disclosure of donations in real time. “

The Albanian defended the Labor goal of zero net emissions by 2050, arguing that failure to mitigate climate change would cause a 25% contraction in the global economy, worse than the Great Depression.

He confirmed that the target would apply to all sectors of the economy, including agriculture and transport, but noted that forestry and other measures could help achieve net zero despite emissions not being eliminated in all sectors.

The Albanians would not commit Labor to announce a new 2030 target before the next election, but have announced that they will announce “provisional measures” along the path to the 2050 target. He noted that when the job adopted a 45 target reduction % in 2015, it was a 15 year target.

Asked if Labor was willing to introduce a carbon price to achieve the 2050 target, Albanian said he did not deem it necessary.

“We will establish [our policy] well before the election, but we didn’t go to the last election with a price on carbon.

“What we are open to are plans such as the national energy guarantee,” he said, explaining that the job would “support” Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed emissions reduction obligation in the electricity sector but discharged on the days of his first ministry’s death. .

In response to Sunday’s interview, Turnbull tweeted that the planet would be “uninhabitable for billions of people” if zero net emissions were not achieved and that the goal could be achieved through renewable energy and storage, the electrification of industry and the use of “green hydrogen”.

Malcolm Turnbull

Engineering and economics NOT ideology and idiocy. The cheapest and cleanest form of energy today is renewable in addition to storage and is becoming cheaper. So transition to clean and cheap electricity. Pair it with industry electrification and green hydrogen.

February 22, 2020

He concluded the volley: “Last tweet this morning: a policy that opposes net zero by 2050 is a 3-degree policy plus global warming and an uninhabitable planet.”

Scott Morrison is currently divided between the liberal moderates who demand the adoption of a net zero target on the one hand and conservative citizens and liberals on the other who want taxpayer support for coal-fired power plants. Morrison said that Australia should not join the targets in the absence of costs.

Albanian said he did not think that a new coal-fired power plant would be built in Australia, because “the market is driving” that demand while Morrison “pretends that the world will not change”.

“He pretends, for example … that his government is looking at a new coal-fired power station in Collinsville, but he knows it’s nonsense.

“That’s why they had to give $ 4 million [for a feasibility study] to the supporters of that project. “

The Albanian predicted that Australia would still export coal in 2050, citing metallurgical coal and claiming that it could export thermal coal.

The Albanian also accused the Coalition of a “nuclear level of mistreatment” through its $ 3 billion congestion abatement fund, which Labor reported to the auditor general.

He said the government had allocated funding for projects in the 2019 budget, so 83% of the money went to polling stations or to those held by liberals and citizens.

When asked about the killing of Hannah Clarke and her three children by her estranged husband and father of their children, Rowan Baxter, Albanian said that it was necessary to report domestic violence and this incident was “a terrible murder and a scourge on the our society. “

Albanian renewed requests for a national summit on domestic violence and criticized the government for plans to abolish the family court.