Labor's new donation rules are revenge, says Springborg

Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg
Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg

OPPOSITION Leader Lawrence Springborg has accused the government of enacting a "political get square" in regards to its transparency measures, saying Labor plan's was prompted by "malice" against the LNP.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Monday her government would tackle donation declaration thresholds as its first order of business once Parliament resumes, lowering the threshold from $12,800 back to $1000.

But given the legislation will be backdated to November 2013, there is confusion about whether the LNP or donors could face punitive action if it failed to or proved unable to produce the additional donation records.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said preliminary advice on the legislation pointed to the government being able to move forward on backdating the law.

"What will actually be the requirements under the proposed amendments are in the future reporting, the next reporting period, which will be six-monthly now, will require that there, in that report, that disclose any donations over $1000 or more from November 2013 to now," she said.

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