Nationals sell soul to Santos & climate denier through donations

MEDIA RELEASE – 3 February 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today accused the National Party of selling their soul to coal seam gas company Santos and prominent climate denier Ian Plimer, after the release of political donation records by the Australian Electoral Commission.

  • Climate denier Ian Plimer donated $60,000 to the National Party
  • Santos donated $32,935 to the National Party and $155,525 to the Liberal Party

“It’s no wonder the National Party are peddling climate change denial, stifling renewable energy, and pushing coal seam gas when they are taking money from climate deniers and coal seam gas company Santos,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“People are sick of the decisions for donations culture eroding our democracy, but here we are again with money flowing to political parties who then just happen to make decisions that benefit those companies or individuals.

“Santos hgve almost $200,000 to the Coalition, and Nationals Leader, Andrew Stoner signed off on the MOU to declare Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas project a ‘Strategic Energy Project’ with a fast-tracked approvals process.

“Ian Plimer is one of the most outspoken climate science denialists in Australia, and the Nationals have been heavily involved in axing the carbon price and causing an 88% fall in investment in renewable energy in 2014.

“The issues of coal seam gas and climate change are too important for political parties to be accepting money from vested interests. The perception in the community will be that government decisions and party policies will be influenced by this money.”

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916


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