Greens candidate for Midland calls for open and honest government

Greens candidate for Midland calls for open and honest government

GREENS candidate for Midland Matthew Biggs believes in creating a more open and honest government.

“One of the reasons I decided to run was my belief that politicians should start working for the people and not for the donations,” he said.

“It is in the public’s interest to know who is influencing the people that we vote for and why.

“The fact that we lock up the people who alert us to the wrongdoings of government and corporations is ludicrous.”

Mr Biggs said there needed to be more protection in place for people.

“A government that lies to its people should be held accountable and if they want to keep something from the public they need to provide solid reasoning,” he said.

He is also keen to advance policies on whistleblower protection.

The Greens will ban all political donations from property developers and corporations, call for real time declaration of donations more than $1000, limit the influence of lobbyists, protect whistleblowers and strengthen the freedom of information process in the biggest policy package to clean up politics this election.

The Greens said it had developed a policy on backroom corporate influence from polluters who destroy the environment, as well as strengthening the system of transparency so the community can see business cases for all projects.

The Greens Not For Sale policy will implement bans on political donations from for-profit corporations.