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15.02.22

Steggall donation reeks of hypocrisy

Having run a disturbingly dishonest campaign against Tony Abbott, it now seems that dishonesty is part of the political currency of Zali Steggall.

I said yesterday that Christian Porter was virtually run out of politics because he established a blind trust to help him pay for his defamation case, in the correct belief that there was no possibility that donors would be known to him and therefore incapable of influencing him.

Yet here we have Zali Steggall, who last December said, “For too long money has been hidden from view. Our democracy has been for sale.”

Yet she has hidden from public view a $100,000 political donation to her campaign from a wealthy family with links to the coal industry.

The amount was split into eight separate donations of $12,500 so that each donation fell under the minimum amount required to be disclosed.

Yet in 2019, Steggall said that Australia “can’t let coal companies and lobbyists buy their way into government.”

Now, in defence of receiving this $100,000, she says, “If you ruled out taking donations from anyone that has invested in coal at one time or another, you pretty much rule out everyone.”

This appalling double standard rightly generated media headlines yesterday.

Steggall said the headlines were misleading.

Now she is apologising and saying it was a “bookkeeping error”; but she still says it was okay to accept the money.

She was quick out of the blocks to blame her “team” and take no responsibility herself.

This whole thing reeks of hypocrisy.

Don’t worry says Steggall, “There was a mistake from an accounting point of view by the team,” and “It was rectified.”

Zali Steggall from day one has proved herself a one-issue political fake.

It is hypocritical to argue that Australia, “Can’t let coal companies and lobbyists buy their way into our Government,” and then use $100,000 from the very same coal interests to help defeat a long-standing member of Parliament, Tony Abbott, whose credentials for representing the electorate of Warringah, and Australia, far outweigh anything that Zali Steggall may ever offer if she were in the Parliament for another 30 years.

She has achieved nothing to date and she is likely to achieve 10 times that in the future.

The trouble is 10 times nought is nought.

But where is the Liberal Party?

They still haven’t endorsed a candidate to oppose an incumbent whose utterances about political donations have been exposed as blatant political opportunism.