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NSW Labor MPs to donate Medich money to charity

NSW Labor has backed a special levy on its parliamentarians so the party can fund its promise to give $260,000 in Ron Medich donations to charity

NSW Labor MPs will have to pay a special levy to help their party recoup money it received from convicted murderer Ron Medich and donate it to charity.

The party was gifted $260,000 over 1o years from a company part-owned by Medich, who earlier this year was found guilty of ordering the execution-style killing of business rival Michael McGurk outside his home in September 2009.

He was also convicted of intimidating his foe’s wife and last week sentenced to at least 30 years in jail.

In 2010, Labor announced it had frozen donations from Medich Property Group pending the outcome of court proceedings against the millionaire developer.

After Medich was convicted in April, NSW Labor leader Luke Foley admitted the funds had been spent “years ago” but promised to return the money to charity.

Members at the party’s state conference in Sydney backed a move on Saturday to increase parliamentary levies for MPs to ” finance the party’s commitment to donate certain historical donations to charity.”

The extra levy would also “help ensure the party is able to adequately fund increased transparency measures relating to donations and disclosures.”

Hundreds of charities responded to Labor’s call for expressions of interest for the handout – a list which has been whittled down.

It’s hoped the money will be distributed over 18 months in two tranches to the selected charities.

The Liberal Party has given to charity the money it received from Medich, worth about $3000.

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