|Another month another corruption scandal.A New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry has heard claims that $100,000 in cash was delivered to the NSW Labor Party by a prohibited donor. This has prompted the State’s Premier to call for a ban on cash donations above $100.
We think this is a good move – as Premier Gladys Berejiklian said herself ‘…anonymous cash has the potential to mar our political system.’
It’s time for the Federal Parliament to toughen its rules on political donations too.
As we said this month in our submission to Parliament on the Ministerial Standards: political donations should be disclosed in real time, political parties should aggregate multiple donations from the same donor, and the donations disclosure threshold should be lowered to $5,000.
Australians deserve transparency over who is giving how much to influence public policy.