LNP To Appeal To Donations Disclosure Laws

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Queensland's Liberal National Party is seeking to appeal a recent court judgment that resulted in political parties being forced to disclose political donations above $1000.

The Supreme Court found in March there was no inconsistency between state and federal laws, as the LNP had argued, meaning it must divulge all donations above $1000, not only those crossing the Commonwealth threshold of $13,500.

But that is being challenged by lawyers for Ryta Angela Awabdy, the Queensland state secretary of the LNP.

In court documents, the party states the whole judgment is being appealed.

"There was a cause in the Supreme Court of Queensland which involved a matter arising under the constitution or its interpretation," letters from the state secretary's solicitors to Australia's attorneys-general state.

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has joined the state electoral commission in opposing the appeal.

Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter is also involved.

"The attorney-general has taken this action because the Commonwealth's ability to legislate with respect to federal elections is of sufficient importance to warrant being a party to the appeal," a spokesman for Mr Porter said.

The case began when the Electoral Commission of Queensland took the LNP to court after it held off disclosing $100,000 worth of donations.

In parliament on Tuesday, Ms D'Ath said the LNP was undertaking the action so they could hide more donations.

"The LNP has had to disclose $6.2 million because of the Palaszczuk government and its integrity and transparency around political donations," she said.

"I cannot think of any other party that has spent so many years and worked so hard to ensure that it hid its donations."

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