Political donations drawn into tax deduction stoush

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche. Mike Richards

THE voice of Queensland's mining industry has criticised Greenpeace claims that mining firms were making tax-deductible donations to political parties.

Greenpeace has come under pressure from conservative politicians over allegations it has advocated "illegal" activity through protests against resource projects.

The group's program director Emma Gibson said despite the "outrageous attacks" it was undeterred, saying the LNP was attacking donations by mums and dads while receiving "tax-deductible donations from the mining industry".

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said such claims were "misinformation", given only donations from individuals, not corporations, could be claimed.

He said while the lobby group had not directly donated, it had "participated in business observer programs" with both major parties in Queensland, which were disclosed.

Mining industry donors to major parties last year included Origin Energy, Linc Energy, Hancock Prospecting and $250,000 from New Hope Coal owner WH Soul Pattinson, to the Liberal Party.

Topics:  greenpeace mining tax

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