Donations need overhaul
Loose rules around political donations are allowing interest groups such as miners to influence policy, a former Supreme Court judge has told a parliamentary inquiry.
Transparency International Australia chair Anthony Whealy has written to a parliamentary committee examining links between donations and government decision-making.
TI Australia has argued for the threshold for disclosing donations to be reduced to $1000, from $13 500 now.
As well, the Australian Electoral Commission should roll out real-time disclosure and outlaw the splitting of donations.
Consideration should be given to banning donations from groups such as developers, tobacco and gaming industries and a complete ban should apply to foreign donations.