Political donations

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...

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...

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...

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...

Commentary

Article

9 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”...

Commentary

Article

8 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.

Discussion paper

3 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...

Research report

2 Jun 2016

Executive overview

Australians have been let down by their political leaders, other members of parliament (MPs) and by the federal parliamentary committee system. This harsh assessment is the result of research into political donations laws in this country.

In 2008, a 99-page...

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Audio program

2 Jun 2016

The recent revelations of illegal donations to the New South Wales Liberal Party has once again shone a light on Australia's political financing laws.

Critics say these laws have led to a 'cowboy culture' of vote buying by the major parties.

A report...

Policy

18 Mar 2016

We need action to tackle corruption in politics. Across Australia, political donations from some of the most damaging industries have skyrocketed.

That’s why the Greens are working to ban donations from mining companies, property developers, big tobacco, alcohol and gambling industries. We’re also calling...

Commentary

4 Feb 2016

The Australian Electoral Commission’s latest political finance figures show how closely entwined are government and the development industry

THE RELEASE of the Australian Electoral Commission’s latest political donations data provoked the usual rush to unearth hidden scandals. Clive Palmer’s $5 million donation to...

Research report

25 Nov 2015

Foreword

It is remarkable that, as the Victorian Parliament Electoral Matters Committee said in April 2009, ‘Victoria, along with the Commonwealth, is amongst the least regulated jurisdictions in the western world in terms of political finance law.’ One of the consequences of this...

Research report

10 Nov 2015

Introduction: Money for nothing?

For some years the heavy reliance of both major Australian political parties on developer donations has been known 1. One developer (Jeff McCloy) memorably told the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC, 2014b. p.5328T) he felt like a “walking...

Audio program

1 Sep 2014

Political donations, electoral funding and how they should be regulated. Reforming campaign finance rules is a difficult process in Australia and overseas. But NSW Liberal party premier Mike Baird wants to reform the electoral funding legislation before the 2015 state election.

Guests

Professor...

Research report

27 Jan 2012

This paper canvasses opinions and issues arising from the proposed ban on political donations from third party interest groups in the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Amendment Bill 2011, currently before the NSW Parliament, with particular reference to the implied freedom of political communication under...

Discussion paper

1 Apr 2011

Several existing papers explore the extent to which the cross-country variation in measures of democracy and political rights can be explained by the cross-country variation in foreign aid inflows. Using panel data, we explore the extent to which the variation over time in such measures...

Research report

5 Mar 2010

This paper reviews the current state of play in NSW with respect to the public and private funding of political parties and examines the possibility of instituting bans or caps on political donations and/or campaign expenditure.

The paper also builds on the issues considered...

Research report

16 Dec 2008

This briefing paper outlines significant developments in the laws relating to political donations in NSW that have occurred since the publication in June 2007 of the Parliamentary Library's briefing paper on Election Finance Law. It has been written in the context of further discussion of...

Research report

16 Dec 2008

This paper considers the constitutional and practical constraints upon reforming electoral campaign funding in Australia. It addresses the banning or capping of political donations, the limiting of campaign expenditure and the expansion of public funding of political parties. In doing so, it draws on the...

Commentary

Article

20 May 2008

Canada’s electoral funding reforms have lessons for Australia, writes MARIAN SAWER.

UNDER the Conservative government of Stephen Harper Canada is hardly a refuge of radicalism. It is a sign of how far Australia has slipped back over the past decade that the term...