MEDIA RELEASE: Casey Council revelations show need for property developer donation ban

The Sustainable Australia Party has called for a ban on all property developer donations and contributions to political parties, following revelations yesterday at Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

The inquiry was told that Casey Councillor Sam Aziz had received $900,000 for advice on “smart cities”, Casey Councillor and former Liberal Party candidate Geoff Ablett had received $330,000 for tending to co-owned racehorses, and local Labor MP Pauline Richards also received a campaign donation from local property developers.

The property developers concerned were seeking to have industrial land rezoned residential, a proposal known as Cranbourne West C219, and a major development called the Pavilion estate.

Sustainable Australia says the revelations show the need for a complete ban on political donations from property developers in Victoria. Scandals involving the buying of influence among Members of Parliament and Councillors in New South Wales and Queensland have led to action to stop property developer donations in those states. The Victorian Government should now do the same.

It would also increase public confidence in the integrity of Victoria’s political process for the Labor and Liberal Parties to return campaign donations they have received from Watsons Pty Ltd, the company responsible for these donations to Casey Councillors.

The revelations show that the political influence exerted by property developers in Victoria is excessive and needs to be reined in. Governments claim to be supporters of Melbourne’s rapid growth, when they know perfectly well it is damaging Melbourne’s quality of life and isn’t what the people of Melbourne really want.

The real beneficiaries of Melbourne’s rapid growth are property developers, and unfortunately the major political parties who use their campaign donations to secure political advantage.


Kelvin Thomson - National Media Spokesperson, Sustainable Australia Party: 0458 750 700

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  • Linda Weaving
    commented 2019-12-07 13:40:54 +1100
    Property developers have been dictating decisions around the NSW government western Sydney airport disaster plan. They convinced them to ignore federal noise pollution planning restrictions! There are thousands living 1km from the runway! There are massive housing estates under construction under flight paths only 5km away! Their new zoning will have residential development right up to the airport boundary! & there’s no curfew! I call for a corruption investigation!
  • Linda Weaving
    commented 2019-12-07 13:32:37 +1100
    Politicians with links to property developers should be barred from office! One such ran for the Federal seat of Macquarie last election – Liberal Sarah Richards. Her PARTNER is a property developer & he also RAN HER CAMPAIGN! Fortunately she was defeated. Talk about conflict of interest!