27 June 2016
I welcome reforms to finally cap local government election donations. Currently one donor can legally fund a candidate’s entire campaign, creating significant potential for corruption and undue influence given council planning decisions can lead to massive private profit. Reform is needed more than ever as election campaigns grow under amalgamated councils. During debate I asked the government to ensure further reforms including expenditure caps are in place before elections of merged councils which are under administration until September next year. My speech is HERE.