The ACT Greens say they are comfortable accepting donations from coal seam gas developers AGL and Origin Energy, despite their stringent opposition to the industry.
According to Australian Electoral Commission data Origin donated $1,320 to the ACT Greens in 2010-11.
ActewAGL, a joint venture between AGL and the ACT Government, also donated $2,000 in 2009-10.
Both AGL and Origin are pursuing significant coal seam gas developments in NSW and QLD but have faced strong opposition from the Greens in each state.
The ACT Greens have also voiced opposition to the industry and joined their NSW and QLD counterparts in calling for a moratorium.
UPDATE 15/08/12 17:57: The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is combining glee and outrage in response:
ACT Deputy Opposition Leader Brendan Smyth said today’s reports that the ACT Greens have accepted donations from coal seam gas developers show their utter hypocrisy and lack of courage in their convictions.
“It seems the ACT Greens are happy to tell everyone else what to do but don?t apply the same principle to themselves,” Mr Smyth said.