The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) hold a rally against the Federal Government and Indian company Adani at Treasury Place in Melbourne in December, 2016.
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) hold a rally against the Federal Government and Indian company Adani at Treasury Place in Melbourne in December, 2016. JULIAN SMITH

'Manhattan backers holding up Moranbah projects'

FOREIGN funding to environmental activist groups should be banned in Australia, the Queensland Resources Council has said.

The Federal Government has released its second interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election.

Focusing on foreign donations, the report recommends a "prohibition on donations from foreign citizens and foreign entities to Australian registered political parties, associated entities and third parties".

QRC chief Ian Macfarlane said it was the right call to make and he'd like to see anti-development activists put under the microscope.

"It seems ridiculous that someone living in Manhattan can be the financial backers of green activist tactics that hold up a project in Moranbah and cost Queenslanders job opportunities," he said.

"The Queensland Resources Council has backed a federal government report calling for a ban on foreign-funded donations to activist groups.

 

Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane announces increased funding for Oakey Army Aviation.
QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane says foreign funding to activist groups should be banned. Bev Lacey

"One of the recommendations in the report on foreign donations, tabled in federal parliament today, was to extend a foreign donations ban to all other political activist groups. This would include preventing foreign funds being channelled through organisations engaging in political activities that were not subject to regulation under current laws."

Mr Macfarlane said foreign groups were "interfering in our resources development projects" which he described as being subject to "immense scientific and social scrutiny" before being democratically approved.

The QRC also backed calls for an extra inquiry to examine organisations holding Deductible Gift Recipient status.

The proposed Adani Carmichael Mine has been held up by legal action undertaken by activist groups.

Labor has supported banning foreign donations to political parties and associated groups, but not organisations involved in public campaigning.

Download the Federal Government interim report here.