Evidence reveals concerns Queensland’s ban may have been rendered almost totally ineffective

In November, the Morrison government passed legal changes to override state donation laws, including Queensland’s developer donation ban. The finance minister, Mathias Cormann, offered one rationale for the change: to clarify whether state or federal laws applied to donations.

That commonwealth power grab has now become central to former Liberal National party president Gary Spence’s challenge to Queensland’s ban, heard by a full bench of the high court this week in Canberra.

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