The Centre for Public Integrity will conduct 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.
The Centre for Public Integrity has released a 15 point plan to eliminate the undue influence of money in politics. Read it here.
Members of the Money in Politics research committee are:
- The Hon Anthony Whealy QC, former judge of the NSW Court of Appeal
- Tim Storer, former independent Senator for South Australia
- Professor Joo Cheong Tham, Director of the Electoral Regulations Research Network and Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School
The committee’s research will be reviewed by Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney