MIKE BAIRD STILL PLAYING DUMB ON QUESTIONABLE DONATIONS

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Premier Mike Baird refuses to address the wider issue of who gave his party hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations in the lead up to the last two state elections.

Despite being asked on a number of occasions to shed light on why the Liberal Party had failed to disclose all donations and whether he was aware he had breached funding rules, Mr Baird refused to answer.

After attacking Labor for asking the questions Mr Baird then handballed them saying they were a matter for the Liberal Party and the NSW Electoral Commission. Mr Baird is currently the Leader of the Liberal Party in NSW. 

The Liberal Party is in the regulator’s firing line over political donations. In late March the Commission announced it had withheld more than $4 million in public funding until the Liberal party can prove $690,000 in donations it received in the lead up to the 2011 state election were not illegal.

Today in Parliament the NSW Opposition asked Mr Baird a series of questions, including:

  • Why the Liberal Party broke donations cap rules by accepting $6,900 from Allied Express Transport before the 2015 state election.
  • Why his party has failed to disclose all its political donations – five weeks after the Electoral Commission called for it to do so.
  • Why he accepted a $2,000 donation from Twin Creeks Resort Pty Ltd to have dinner with him in December 2014, given their commercial interests in property development in Western Sydney.

 Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley

 “The last time I looked Mike Baird was the leader of the Liberal Party in NSW and yet he continues to play dumb on this issue and claim it has nothing to do with him.

“Rather than deal with the issue of who pays the piper in NSW, Mike Baird would rather play the role of the three monkeys – who neither hear, see nor speak any evil.

“He knows that there is a stench emanating from his own party yet he doesn’t have the guts to deal with it.

“All that tough talk about rooting out corruption in NSW politics appears to have died away and what we are left with is a leader hiding behind his party.”