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Developer donations influence council decisions
Local Government decisions are influenced by commercial interests.
Look at these synonyms:
local government – city council
developer – commercial interest
development – economic development
Passive Voice and Active Voice
Look at these parallel phrases:
Analyse the verbs:
is influenced by
is corrupted by
Look at the vocabulary of the above statement in greater detail:
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A developer is an individual or company which develops land. In this context, “land development” means building houses, shops or shopping centres.
Developers employ builders who construct buildings and then the land and buildings are sold or rented to businesses.
Developers get access to land from local government.
They do this by giving donations to individuals or political parties which hold political office.
Donations are money money which is given freely.
Passive and Active
Theory and Practice
In theory money is donated “with no strings attached”. That means the money is given with no condition on it.
In practice it is hard to believe that this is true.
“Corruption” refers to the practice of a person in political office taking money (bribes) from a commercial interest, so that interest can influence the government decision.
Have you ever been offered a bribe?
Can you think of a well-known case of bribery which was exposed in your society?
Offering a bribe is a crime.
Taking a bribe is a crime.
Taking and offering a bribe are both crimes. Corruption in the form of bribes is a huge problem because large developers are able to pay politicians to work for them and make decisions in their interest.
Is the government corrupt in your society?
Are all politicians corrupt?
Levels of Government
There are three levels of government in Australia.
Level One -The Local Level
local government – city government – local council
Level Two – The State Level
Level three – The National Level
national government – federal government
How many levels of government are there in your country?
Local Council, which is local government, makes decisions about building houses and shops and shopping centres in cities and towns. It creates new suburbs and the decisions it makes benefit builders and developers.
Legal Reform to Prevent Corruption
Donations by developers to politicians, who then make government decisions that benefit the developers, is a form of corruption.
Donations should be banned.
Political donations should be banned.
Donations by developers should be banned.
Political donations by developers should be banned.
What do you think?
Are political donations a form of corruption?
Tell us your opinion in the comments section below.
A decision is something we decide to do.
I decided to take the day off.
I decided to buy a new car.
The council decided to destroy the public park and build a new shopping centre.
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Law and Government
This lesson is based on law and government.
Have you seen the law page?
Develop your vocabulary at this link: The Law page
Have you seen the government page?
Develop your vocabulary at this link: The Government Page
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