The best electoral system money can buy – The National Interest – 30 January 2009

30 January 2009

You can’t beat the sense of empowerment that comes from knowing who gave what to which political parties. The only problem is that the Australian Electoral Commission’s annual report on political donations – to be released on Monday – comes more than a year after the political donations were made, in the lead-up to the 2007 federal election. So, sifting through the data becomes an act of nostalgia, rather than transparency. The report is expected to reveal the latest escalation in the electoral arms race as big organisations throw more and more money at political parties. All sides of politics agree current arrangements are unsustainable and that campaign financing must be reviewed. In fact, reform of electoral donations and disclosures was one of the Rudd government’s pre-election promises. What’s more, a discussion paper on the issue has come up with some interesting ideas.

Transcript | Audio

Daryl Melham
Federal MP for Banks

Scott Morrison
Federal MP for Cook

Further Information

Scott Morrison’s website

Daryl Melham’s House of Reps website

Australian Government, Electoral Reform Green Paper

AEC, financial disclosure scheme


Peter Mares


James Panichi

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