Newman rubbishes claims that LNP raffle has sinister aspect

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman said he was more concerned with how many tickets had been sold in the Liberal National Party art union raffle than suggestions there was a more sinister motive at play.

He urged people to buy tickets as there was a "great prize" on offer.

The LNP hopes to raise $500,000 though its own registered art union lottery offering a BMW as first prize.

LNP state president Bruce McIver took to the airwaves on Monday saying the party was working within the law.

"As a party, we have to run a secretariat," he told 4BC.

"We have to fund election campaigns to advertise and do the things that Queenslanders expect an LNP organisation to do.

"We have 14,000 members and we all contribute to that cause."

Mr McIver said the sale of the $100 tickets using an art union lottery was in no way a bid to circumvent political donation laws.

Under current laws, donations about $1000 have to be declared, however new laws, expected to be passed later this month, will raise that threshold to $12,400.

"It is working within the rules and regulations," he said.

"The LNP, in Queensland, has been at the forefront of improving the rules in relation to lobbyists and being involved with the party, and improving the rules on accountability right across the board, since we formed in 2008.

"We are trying to broaden out our fundraising and give people an opportunity not just to put into a political party, but an opportunity to get something back."

Mr McIver dismissed concerns developers could bypass disclosure laws for political donations by buying tickets in bulk.

"Every ticket, every single ticket, every book of tickets has a page with it where every ticket must have a name put on it," he said.

"We can tell you exactly who has brought every individual ticket.

"Anyone can buy a ticket and give it away that is their prerogative.

"But we must have a name and address of a registered person so we can list it down."

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said she hoped the LNP was doing everything above board.

"I certainly hope the LNP conducting this fundraising art union raffle is not going around the electoral laws," she said.

"Queenslanders should raise a sceptical eye to this."



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