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Conference paper

18 Sep 2017

This policy paper examines China's foreign political influence activities under Xi Jinping, using one very representative state, New Zealand, as a case study.

New Zealand’s relationship with China is of interest, because the Chinese government regards New Zealand as an exemplar of how it...

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Discussion paper

01 Sep 2017

New research shows that the mining industry is dominated by foreign corporate interests that are spending hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our political process.

The report finds that:

  • Total revenue of mining lobby groups over the last 10 years is $524,150,431, with
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Commentary

12 Jul 2017

Let’s be optimistic and say that it’s never too late to start restoring trust in politics and its practitioners. It is not as though we can return to some golden age of democracy, when voters considered politics an honourable and noble profession, because such an era never existed, at least not...

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Briefing paper

23 Jun 2017

This e-brief discusses current restrictions on political donations in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions in the light of recent media reports on donations from foreign and foreign-linked donors.

It then outlines the means by which donors could bypass these restrictions, before briefly...

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Audio interview

07 Jun 2017

Former top US intelligence official, James Clapper, has joined the growing chorus of voices warning of Chinese interference in Australian politics. He's likened Beijing's growing influence to Russia's recent meddling in last year's presidential election.

The controversy has refocussed...

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Audio program

01 Mar 2017

A corruption survey has revealed major concerns within the Australian population about perceived back-room deals between business and government.

Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer shows a serious lack of trust in business and political leaders across the country....

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Website

01 Feb 2017

Information

  • While Donors are required to declare only their donations, Political Parties and Associated Entities must give details of all receipts above the disclosure threshold for the financial year ($13,000 for 2015-16). Many of these receipts are not donations
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Commentary

Article

07 Dec 2016

Declared donations and payments to Australian political parties are about to top $1 billion, a new analysis of data shows. But the true figure could be triple that because donations under $13,200 do not have to be declared.

The current funding and disclosure scheme has been in place since...

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Book

06 Oct 2016

Overview

Trust in political parties has never been lower, but we have more and more of them, to the point where voters need magnifying sheets to read ballot papers. What is the relationship between party regulation and the nature of our democracy? How is it that parties...

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Audio program

25 Sep 2016

Political parties and elections cost money to run.

Who should pay and how should we manage the risks that come along with political donations?

Rear Vision compares the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand systems.

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Commentary

Article

07 Sep 2016

Labor senator Sam Dastyari has resigned his shadow frontbench position after a week-long saga over a Chinese company having covered his travel expenses. This payment led to questions about his support for China in the South China Sea dispute in defiance of Labor policy.

These issues have...

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Research report

30 Aug 2016

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Operation Spicer investigation has exposed prohibited donations, fund channelling and non-disclosures in the NSW Liberal Party’s 2011 state election campaign.

The Commission’s report, Investigation into NSW Liberal Party...

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Research report

28 Jul 2016

Between 2010 and 2015 the Liberal Party of Australia and the Queensland Liberal National Party accepted over two million dollars in political donations from mining companies seeking approval for six highly controversial mining projects in Queensland.

While these companies sought approval...

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Audio interview

Audio program

23 Jun 2016

With the election just over a week away, the Greens will today issue their demands in the event of a hung parliament.

Addressing the National Press Club, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale will announce that as part of any power sharing arrangement, the Greens will insist on a national anti-...

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Commentary

Article

23 Jun 2016

Parakeelia. Sounds like an exotic and colourful member of the parrot species, but it's a bird of prey.

Its activities have not yet achieved the attention they deserve because, when one says "politicians' entitlements" and "political funding disclosure" in the same sentence, the national...

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Blog post

17 Jun 2016

Ever heard the one about the political process that was corrupted by donations from corporations? Oh, sorry. Of course you have. Fair enough too, as it’s a simple premise. We all donate to things that we have a personal stake or interest in. People donate to Market Forces (so can you, by the way...

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Research report

16 Jun 2016

The ACCR's new report, ‘Corporate political expenditure in Australia,’ looks at what shareholders and the public know about corporate political expenditure in Australia. We find that the answer is very little. Shareholders would be shocked to find that if they knew that some resource companies...

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Commentary

Article

09 Jun 2016

Over the past 20 years, lobbying activities in Australia have expanded dramatically. Following the United States' lead, where a radical shift in ideology in the 1970s led to a re-evaluation of the way corporations view their role in society, the notion of corporate “civic duty” has been replaced...

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Commentary

Article

08 Jun 2016

A company Liberal MPs direct taxpayer funds towards to monitor voter behaviour has become a major source of income for the party, raising questions about whether taxpayers are indirectly donating to the Liberals. 

 

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Discussion paper

03 Jun 2016

This paper discusses a proposal for a new pathway towards enabling greater participation in our democracy. The pathway provides for an expanded role for the Australian Electoral Commission, funded (at least in part) by the re-direction of public funding away from political parties and candidates...

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