Do­na­tions need over­haul

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS -

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.

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