Numerous public surveys have shown public trust in politics and the political process is at an all-time low. Central to this erosion of trust is a perception the political process has been corrupted by the spending power of a narrow range of interests. Caps on election expenditure and a significant enhancement of the disclosure requirement for political donations will help to alleviate these concerns.
This Bill amends the Electoral Act to:
- set a limit of $100,000 per candidate on individual expenditure for House of Assembly elections increasing by CPI;
- set a limit on each political party’s expenditure of $1,000,000 increasing by CPI for House of Assembly elections;
- increase the spending limit for candidates for election to the Legislative Council to $30,000 increasing by CPI
- require the disclosure of all political donations to parties, candidates or members of the House of Assembly or Legislative Council over $1,000, including multiple donations from a donor that cumulatively add up to over $1,000, within 30 days; and
- prohibit anonymous donations over $1,000 to individual MPs or candidates and parties.