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Just look at who’s donating to Labor!

By johnboy - 24 August 2012 20

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Elections ACT are now running a more up to date list of political donations and this afternoon a swag of them have turned up (dated 6 August).

We don’t know what Dataflex’s connections are but the rest!

So Hawker Britton are star Labor Party lobbyists. Somewhat in disgrace we gather after founder Bruce Hawker ran the campaign for Kevin Rudd’s mutiny earlier this year. Keep the money flowing and all will be forgiven we imagine.

IGA Distribution certainly have an interest in supermarket policy.

Professor Stephen Parker? Why that would be the Vice Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Just this morning catching $50 million in funding. Of course unrelated to chipping in $1050 to the party making that decisions.

Finally the Molonglo Group. The developers who brought you New Acton, are currently building Nishi, and are no doubt looking forward to approval for their next project (not that we’re suggesting this donation will colour that decision making).

We certainly look forward to the next round of updates!

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Just look at who’s donating to Labor!
housebound 11:53 am 26 Aug 12

Gungahlin Al said :

No-one said anything about bribes or anything untoward. Let’s be crystal clear about that. But personal donations speak to relationships.

The reasons supporting the location in Gungahlin included:
* ease of access due to central location and public transport (particularly for people in the Inner North and South without vehicles)
* roughly same distance from Civic as Bruce
* proximity to town centre for staff and families of patients (as opposed to being locked into overpriced on-site cafes, etc)
* proximity to new housing making a more attractive location for bringing in new staff
* kicking off the commercial development in the 40ha CZ2 zone
* no height limit allowing multistorey development serviced by elevators (as was done with the Goodwin high care facility in Ainslie).

Conversely, the UC had going for it:
* a lot of space (assuming environmental studies of the grasslands don’t constrain that)
* proximity to the uni
* proximity to Kangara Waters village.

And despite the farce of “consultation” over the sites, when the CM kicks it off with a photo op on the UC site with Mr Parker, it’s kind of hard to believe the decision hasn’t been pre-made.

Your forgot:
* Stanhope works (or worked) there.

What’s the Greens position on all this?

Gungahlin Al 11:07 am 26 Aug 12

dpm said :

Gungahlin Al said :

“Professor Stephen Parker? Why that would be the Vice Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Just this morning catching $50 million in funding. Of course unrelated to chipping in $1050 to the party making that decisions.”

Not to mention scoring the sub-acute hospital, denied from Gungahlin’s town centre on the some-would-say spurious argument that it had to all be on one level, because apparently elevators have been disproven as viable technology in the field of hospital design.

I love how a transparent, public domain donation of ~$1000 is apparently enough to bribe the govt to his way!
Logically, it’s hard to argue that the land at UC is not a more central and useful location for the sub-acute hospital than gunners.
The argument that ‘we need something out there’ can’t trump that, can it? Are there other arguments too? Has gunners got a higher proportion of elderly people and/or nursing homes where many pts. may be transferred from?
I’m not sure about the cost difference for both bits of land, but i’m sure someone compared that before making the decision too? You’d hope so!
IMO, belco seems an OK choice for it, sorry.

No-one said anything about bribes or anything untoward. Let’s be crystal clear about that. But personal donations speak to relationships.

The reasons supporting the location in Gungahlin included:
* ease of access due to central location and public transport (particularly for people in the Inner North and South without vehicles)
* roughly same distance from Civic as Bruce
* proximity to town centre for staff and families of patients (as opposed to being locked into overpriced on-site cafes, etc)
* proximity to new housing making a more attractive location for bringing in new staff
* kicking off the commercial development in the 40ha CZ2 zone
* no height limit allowing multistorey development serviced by elevators (as was done with the Goodwin high care facility in Ainslie).

Conversely, the UC had going for it:
* a lot of space (assuming environmental studies of the grasslands don’t constrain that)
* proximity to the uni
* proximity to Kangara Waters village.

And despite the farce of “consultation” over the sites, when the CM kicks it off with a photo op on the UC site with Mr Parker, it’s kind of hard to believe the decision hasn’t been pre-made.

thatsnotme 10:28 pm 25 Aug 12

trevar said :

smcphill said :

Just to confirm, these donations are destined for Federal ALP, as opposed to the ACT branch, correct?

I think the title “Gifts received by Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch)” is reasonably clear…

You’d think so, until you look at the table and see that there are separate ‘ACT Account’ and ‘Federal Account’ columns, and all the donations appear in the ‘Federal Account’ column.

So I don’t think that title is really very clear at all.

rosscoact 3:03 pm 25 Aug 12

Just as interesting IMHO is who isn’t donating to the Libs

trevar 1:44 pm 25 Aug 12

smcphill said :

Just to confirm, these donations are destined for Federal ALP, as opposed to the ACT branch, correct?

I think the title “Gifts received by Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch)” is reasonably clear…

dpm 1:43 pm 25 Aug 12

Gungahlin Al said :

“Professor Stephen Parker? Why that would be the Vice Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Just this morning catching $50 million in funding. Of course unrelated to chipping in $1050 to the party making that decisions.”

Not to mention scoring the sub-acute hospital, denied from Gungahlin’s town centre on the some-would-say spurious argument that it had to all be on one level, because apparently elevators have been disproven as viable technology in the field of hospital design.

I love how a transparent, public domain donation of ~$1000 is apparently enough to bribe the govt to his way!
Logically, it’s hard to argue that the land at UC is not a more central and useful location for the sub-acute hospital than gunners.
The argument that ‘we need something out there’ can’t trump that, can it? Are there other arguments too? Has gunners got a higher proportion of elderly people and/or nursing homes where many pts. may be transferred from?
I’m not sure about the cost difference for both bits of land, but i’m sure someone compared that before making the decision too? You’d hope so!
IMO, belco seems an OK choice for it, sorry.

SnapperJack 12:15 pm 25 Aug 12

Gee, IGA Supermarkets donating to Labor at the same time the ACT Government is going all out to punish Woolies and Coles and give IGA prime sites in the name of “promoting competition”.

What a coincidence!

Gungahlin Al 9:32 am 25 Aug 12

“Professor Stephen Parker? Why that would be the Vice Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Just this morning catching $50 million in funding. Of course unrelated to chipping in $1050 to the party making that decisions.”

Not to mention scoring the sub-acute hospital, denied from Gungahlin’s town centre on the some-would-say spurious argument that it had to all be on one level, because apparently elevators have been disproven as viable technology in the field of hospital design.

Arty 9:20 am 25 Aug 12

So Labor held a dinner on the 6th August, hardly a big deal, a few people paid to sit with local or Federal pollies.

Masquara 11:07 pm 24 Aug 12

schmeah said :

Assuming the donations to the Liberals are still to be posted .. expect corporate lobby groups and big tobacco to feature.

Er, it’s under Labor that the Future Fund is investing in tobacco companies …

justin heywood 10:59 pm 24 Aug 12

schmeah said :

Assuming the donations to the Liberals are still to be posted .. expect corporate lobby groups and big tobacco to feature.

Click the link before you get too excited Sherlock.

schmeah 7:48 pm 24 Aug 12

Assuming the donations to the Liberals are still to be posted .. expect corporate lobby groups and big tobacco to feature.

eily 7:07 pm 24 Aug 12

smcphill said :

Just to confirm, these donations are destined for Federal ALP, as opposed to the ACT branch, correct?

Not that it makes much difference. Wonder what was so special about August 6…

They dropped the Bomb?

c_c 6:09 pm 24 Aug 12

So Prof Parker and Molonglo Group both gave the exact same amount, $1050.00. Is there something special about that particular amount?

smcphill 6:07 pm 24 Aug 12

Just to confirm, these donations are destined for Federal ALP, as opposed to the ACT branch, correct?

Not that it makes much difference. Wonder what was so special about August 6…

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