The NSW Government has established a panel of experts to investigate the potential for further reforms to election funding laws. The panel members are Dr Kerry Schott (Chair), former Labor Deputy Premier The Hon. John Watkins and former Liberal Shadow Attorney General Mr Andrew Tink AM.

The panel is required to report to the Premier by 31 December 2014 on options for long term reform of political donations, including whether or not it is feasible and in the public interest given all considerations (including legal, constitutional and others) to provide full public funding of State election campaigns.

The terms of reference are available on the panel’s website.

Invitation to make a submission

The panel is inviting stakeholders and members of the public to make written submissions addressing the terms of reference.

On behalf of the panel, I would like to invite you to make a submission. The closing date for written submissions is 17 September 2014.

To assist in the preparation of submissions, the panel has produced a series of short Working Papers. These papers are available on the panel’s website.

The panel may decide to publish some of the submissions received on its website, subject to checking for appropriateness. Please indicate if you wish your submission to remain confidential.

Details for providing a submission

Submissions should be provided by 17 September 2014 to:

Issues paper and roundtable discussions

The panel will release an Issues Paper prior to holding roundtable discussions with academics and other stakeholders. The roundtable sessions will be held on 24, 25 and 29 September at Parliament House, Sydney. Members of the public are invited to attend.

The Issues Paper and details of the roundtable sessions will be published on the panel’s website.

Further information

Further information on the panel and its activities is available on the panel’s website:

www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/announcements/panel_of_experts_-_political_donations

To contact the panel, please send an email to: donationsreform@dpc.nsw.gov.au