Thursday, July 25, 2019

ICAC is of the opinion that Labor's "scheme to evade" electoral funding laws may have involved donations from Minshen Zhu & Top Group but what of Top's donation to NSW Liberals ,and AG Speakman's non-disclosure in annual reports he tabled in Parliament?

by Ganesh Sahathevan

Troy Grant MP

Mark Speakman

As First Law Officer of the state, Mark oversees 
the administration of almost 200 Acts of Parliament, 
the most of any minister in the NSW Government. 

As reported in The Australian, 18 December  2018, in the story    China links key to ICAC’s Labor raid by Brad Norington:

 The NSW Labor Party’s head office in Sydney has been raided by the Independent Commission Against Corruption today as part of an investigation into ALP donations.
In 2016, it was reported that another Chinese-born businessman with links to Mr Dastyari, Minshen Zhu, had written a $2000 cheque for NSW Labor candidate Chris Minns as a donation for the 2015 election — yet Mr Zhu had apparently never met Mr Minns. The cheque was not cashed.
Excerpt from the  SMH story about the same raid, published on 24 July 2019:

Labor had 'scheme to evade' electoral funding laws

NSW Labor has been accused of a “scheme to evade” the state's electoral funding laws, sparking concerns from the corruption watchdog over foreign influence in the electoral process.
The report indicates ICAC considers the matter is serious, complex and of “significant public interest” given its context with possible foreign influence on the NSW electoral process.
It also indicated the targets of the inquiry are ALP officials, members of Chinese Friends of Labor and political donors, who may have allegedly evaded donation laws, which the report suggests can attract jail terms of up to 10 years.
ICAC executed a search warrant on Labor’s Sussex Street office on December 18 over concerns the party had since January 2015 “entered into a scheme to evade the prohibitions and requirements of [the electoral funding act] relating to political donations”.

However, on the NSW LIBERAL side :

NSW Libs received donations of $44,275 from TOP Education Group just before after TOP was granted the "first & only" license issued a private company to award law degrees: AG Speakman and his LPAB refuse to disclose all details in the LPAB Annual Reports

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