Labor, KAP, Gordon join forces for donation transparency

THURSDAY night was all about "money, money, money". But not in a "rich man's world", as ABBA sang about, this was in Queensland Parliament.

Backed by Katter's Australian Party and Independent MP Billy Gordon, Labor was able to reverse the LNP's controversial 2013 decision to up political donation declarations from $1000 to $12,800.

Queensland political parties will again have to declare donations more than $1000.

The LNP opposed the amendment and the decision to make it retrospective to 2013.

LNP MP Ian Walker defended the Newman government changing the declaration so it was in line with the federal level.

But Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath earlier cited the lower declaration thresholds in other states.

Mr Walker also said there had been no transparency in the Palaszczuk government's recent consultation process as it sought to overturn the change.

"The public had eight business days, interrupted by Easter, to make submissions on these provisions," Mr Walker said.

Ms D'Ath said those who supported the return to a $1000 threshold acknowledged "greater transparency and accountability which will result in terms of both those who give and those who receive political donations".

In the course of amending the donation declaration legislation, Labor was also able to ditch the need for voters to provide identification at polling booths.

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