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Monday, April 14, 2008

Real time disclosure of political donations

During an interview on Radio National's The Public Interest, the Director of the New York City Campaign Finance Board said she had offered the Australian Electoral Commission(and the NSW election authority) free access to software that would facilitate almost immediate publication on the web of declared political donations.

So what's behind the proposal by Minister of State John Faulkner that this information be published within 8 weeks of lodgment?

The Canadian and US experience is that details of expenditure also must be disclosed if reform objectives are to be realised. For good measure, Canada puts a very low cap on how much can be spent during the campaign period.

ABC TV"s Four Corners tonight promises another depressing account of how our "donations for influence"system works.

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