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Premier blasted over political donations reform

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A report handed to the state government in December last year on Tasmania's politicial donations laws hasn't earned the attention of the Premier.

Peter Gutwein was quizzed on the matter by Greens Leader Cassy O'Connor in parliament on Tuesday, insisting he was focused on the pandemic.

"I'm sure it hasn't escaped the Leader of the Greens...that we have had a pretty difficult six months", he said. 

"In terms of the report, I haven't turned my mind to it." 

There are currently no state-based restrictions on political donations in Tasmania, leading to it being labelled the weakest framework in the country for addressing corruption.

"In the last sitting, Parliament passed contentious Major Projects Legislation. Today, there are four Bills on the order of business – none of which are COVID related," Ms O'Connor said.

"Tasmanians will be worried if they think their Premier can’t walk and chew gum at the same time."

Shadow Attorney-General Ella Haddad said the Parliament would be given an opportunity tomorrow to vote on a motion calling for the immediate release of the report on reform options.

“Tasmania has the weakest laws on political donation disclosure in the country – an issue acknowledged by former Premier Will Hodgman, who promised to fix these broken laws,” Ms Haddad said.

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