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Beer money: Hotels association sends cash straight to LNP candidates


The Queensland Hotels Association had donated to both sides of politics. Now, it is just giving money directly to LNP candidates.

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Electoral Commission of Queensland disclosures show the association last week directed $2000 each to LNP candidates Amanda Camm, Glenn Doyle, Natalie Marr, Trevor Watts, Janet Wishart and Sam O’Connor.

The total $12,000 contribution to the conservative cause came after the association directed a further $26,910 to the LNP this year, and $17,050 to Labor.

With Electoral Commission caps on how much parties can spend on each candidate at this election, the task of funding grassroots campaigns may fall to other organisations such as Labor affiliated unions or, in the LNP’s case, business groups.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles today accused the LNP of conspiring with the federal Coalition to put the interests of business groups ahead of the health of Queenslanders.

He made the comments after The Australian newspaper reported Frecklington had told party donors in June she was proud of campaigning with the Prime Minister to ease the border restrictions. Another fundraiser is planned for tomorrow, and the LNP has been quick to question the various business restrictions during the pandemic.

“All along, big business, Scott Morrison, Deb Frecklington, Josh Frydenberg, have been working together to undermine Queensland’s strong health response,” Miles said.

“If they had succeeded, Queenslanders’ lives would be at risk.”

Frecklington would not be drawn on whether she would rescind the ban on donations from developers and denied telling donors the campaign on the borders was her greatest achievement.

“At the time, there was medical advice that the borders should be open,” Frecklington said.

“Both the Federal Government, the Prime Minister, and myself were on that unity ticket, back in June, on that issue and the Premier opened the borders (before again restricting access from NSW).”

Miles suggested Morrison “wants to elect a premier who will just do what he says”. Frecklington said she would follow the health advice.

Morrison continued his tour of southeast Queensland today and told 4BC host Neil Breen he thought Frecklington would “make a great premier” and that the Palaszczuk government did not appreciate the economic impact of its border restrictions.

“I’ve worked with the current Premier as part of the National Cabinet, and Queenslanders will make their decision about that,” Morrison said, after trading barbs with Annastacia Palaszczuk and, more recently, Miles.

“And of course, I’m strongly supporting what Deb is doing here and a plan for jobs, getting Queenslanders working again. And of course I would. But, you know, politics is not a game. And I just see what some politicians like this character, you know, they just treat it like it’s, you know, some sort of reality television show. It’s not. It’s really serious.”

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