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Australians care about political finance – and they want to see the system tightened

Zim Nwokora writes in The Conversation (30.5.16) about the system of political finance and party funding in Australia, highlighting public sentiment supporting the system’s reform.

‘Debates around breaches – and reform – of Australia’s system of political finance are usually conducted by elected politicians or party officials, media pundits, or academic experts.

‘These are people who have easy access to the media, so we get to read or hear their views. So, we know fairly well what they think. We know much less about what ordinary Australians think about how their politics is financed.

‘Every time there’s a scandal, politicians from unaffected parties talk about the public’s outrage. But how much do people actually care?’

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