Yee-Fui Ng writes in The Conversation (1.2.17) about the Australian Electoral Commission’s release of political donations data from last year, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s revelation of his personal bankrolling of the Liberal Party.
‘The Australian Electoral Commission has released disclosures on political donations for the financial year 2015-16.
‘The Electoral Act requires donors, candidates, political parties and associated entities to give details to the commission about the political donations they received for each financial year. All donations above A$13,000 must be disclosed. Parties and candidates must also disclose the total amount of donations and number of people who donated to them.
‘So, what do the disclosures for 2015-16 reveal? And is the system in need of further reform?’