Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Speaker of the Parliament Peter Wellington announce the new real-time donation disclosure system.
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Speaker of the Parliament Peter Wellington announce the new real-time donation disclosure system. DAN PELED

Palaszczuk pays the Speaker's price: Donations law reformed

DONATIONS to politicians and parties will be publicly available within days.

Changes to Queensland's donation rules will force state and local government politicial donations of more than $1000 to be declared on the Electoral Commission of Queensland website within seven business days of being made from March 1.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath and Speaker of the House Peter Wellington announced the reforms in Brisbane on Thursday.

Queensland is the first state in Australia to introduce real time disclosure. Ms Palaszczuk said the seven-day limit was to allow for those donations still made by cheque.

A commitment to real-time donations was one of the reasons Mr Wellington backed Ms Palaszczuk's minority government.

Ms Palaszczuk said the reforms would help voters know who was funding their political candidates.

"I can't overstate how important this reform is for Queensland," she said.

"No more secret donations, all up online."

Ms D'Ath said donors could not avoid the declaration limit by making multiple donations below the $1000 limit.

Mr Wellington said he was pleased the system would allow for voters to know who was funding their politicians.

"Never again will donors be able to just make a donation ... and their identity never be revealed," he said.

"People need to know who is behind the candidates. There is no need for secrecy."

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