Following a meeting with the Electoral Funding Authority I repeatedly asked the government to close a loophole caused by a December High Court decision which allowed donations from corporations, industrial organisations and peak industry groups without requiring their disclosure. Campaign donations from these sources were banned by a 2011 bill hence the disclosure provisions were not drafted to account for them.
I welcome the government’s new expert panel set up to recommend political donation reform however I am concerned that only major parties are represented on the panel. We need more grassroots community representatives and I am concerned the new system does not make it harder for new independents to raise funds and get elected.
My speech on the bill in Parliament is HERE and my March question to the Premier in Parliament is HERE.