Without big money I'm reliant on small individual donors like you. I have 78 polling centres to cover and $20 buys an informative sign for a centre. Consider donating a small amount to help bring the government back to the people.
This issue underpins every other issue in federal politics. If you are concerned about any issue, and you want your MP’s to take the time to listen to the electorate, then you need this issue to be addressed. We must make it illegal to purchase the policy decisions of federal politicians.
Is this really a big issue in Australia?
YES! - $68 MILLION Dollars in UNDECLARED donations to the major parties in the last year alone.
That’s $68 million that has been legally donated from unknown sources. How do we deal with the buying off of political expenditure when it is currently legal to do so? Weirdly, our political donation laws are some of the worst in the democratic world.
$100,000 dollars to have lunch with the prime minister does not need to be declared as it is classed as a fundraiser
Up to $1400, does not require declaration, and this can be donated any number of times. (Daily for a year, hourly even -no problem!)
No limit on formal donations, which equal over a million dollars for both parties, and mainly come from large corporations and multi-nationals, who completely co-incidentally gain government contracts and policy benefits.
No rules or oversight on the co-incidences of large donors gaining even larger government contracts, subsidies or planning approvals.
And that is just the start.
What can be done to change it?
Quite a lot actually.
Truth in political advertising laws
Ban political advertising on TV
Limit the annual donations from individual and organisations to $2000 per year
Introduce Senate oversite of government contracts
Make all donations over $20 mandatory to declare
Funds raised during a fundraiser should still be classified as a donation
Stop parliamentary access for professional lobbyists
You can link to any of these. There really is a lot, but that’s the government’s job. To manage our nation. Do you think I’ve covered the biggest concerns of today? Or have a missed something important to you? Please let me know. :)
How old are you?
At the time of the 2022 election I am 44 years of age
Why would I vote for an independent?
They are known as the ‘Kingmakers’ for a reason. Independents can add a significant moral voice to parliament.