Dodgy donation deals risk national security

Scott Morrison needs to come clean with the Australian public after it has been revealed that a further donation from close confidant and visa privatisation bidder Scott Briggs is in question.

Australian Electoral Commission reports show that the Prime Minister’s close friend and head of a consortium bid to take over the Australian visa processing system has recently donated almost $300,000 to the Liberal Party.

AEC official records show a donation of $165,000 from the firm Southern Strategy, which happens to be directed by Scott Briggs, to the Liberal Party.

But Scott Briggs said this donation never happened, despite the Liberal Party disclosing the donation in its official electoral returns.

Community and Public Sector Union National Secretary, Melissa Donnelly today said, “What we are witnessing is the Morrison Government attempting to sell off Australia’s visa system to the highest bidder, and in this case, it just so happens the leading contender is one of the Prime Minister’s most trusted allies and close friend Mr Briggs.”

“If it looks dodgy and it smells dodgy it probably is. We know that over 2,000 jobs are on the chopping block under the government’s plan to privatise the visa system, and these continued dodgy donations show this government is more concerned with electoral funding than national security.”

“A wide range of organisations across the nation are coming together and calling on the government to ditch this plan, all concerned with the massive risks involved; cost of visas, worker exploitation, economic impact, data security breaches and national security concerns. Visa privatisation is a friendless plan.”

“Something is rotten here. That’s why it is so critical the Senate votes to pass legislation to protect Australia’s visa system and put this issue to bed, finally. If this government was serious about national security, they would abandon this project now and instead focus on building the capacity in-house that our visa system needs now and for the future.”

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