Buying influence is still an awkward business


Editorial in Melbourne’s Age 3 April 2010

After investigative reporter Royce Millar’s revelation that the Victorian Labor Party has scrapped plans for a major fund raising event by its’ associated entity, Progressive Business, The Age’s editorial argues that while political fund-raising bodies such as Progressive Business may be necessary to help swell the party coffers, they should never be seen as a convenient way to do business. In any healthy democracy, political influence must never be bought, but judged impartially and fairly.


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