The Centre for Public Integrity conducts detailed research into the undue influence of money in politics.

The weaknesses in Australia’s political donations and lobbying regulations are potentially allowing the buying of political influence. Large corporations had an undue influence on the 2019 federal election. Necessary reforms include transparent and timely disclosure of political donations, caps on political donations and campaign spending, expansion and enforcement of the lobbyist register, and stronger post-separation employment restrictions for parliamentarians and senior public officials.

You can read some of our latest research on donations below:


    Submission to the inquiry into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020

    The Commonwealth should look to the precedence set in Australian states on the regulation of money in politics

    The regulation of electoral expenditure and political advertising

    Political advertising can be best regulated through public funding and the distribution of advertising space.

    Eliminating the undue influence of money in politics

    This platform set outs 15 reforms needed to eliminate the undue influence of money in politics:

    Members of the Money in Politics research committee are:


    • Michael Barker QC, former judge of the Federal Court of Australia
    • Anthony Whealy QC, former judge of the NSW Court of Appeal
    • Professor Joo Cheong Tham, University of Melbourne Law School
    • Tim Storer, former independent Senator for South Australia