As a response to the NSW Joint Standing Committee on Election Reform report, the NSW Labor Government has moved to introduce caps to election spending and donations.
From The Australian
Keneally to cap political donations
Imre Salusinszky. From: The Australian September 21, 2010
THE NSW government will jump the gun on the commonwealth and other states and introduce caps on donations and campaign spending.
The laws cover donations from individuals and corporations, along with affiliation fees from unions and similar organisations, and are the first of their kind in Australia. But they do not go as far as recommended in a recent parliamentary report, setting the limit on donations to political parties at $5000 each year, rather than $2000 as suggested.
Campaign spending will be capped at $100,000 per candidate, plus $100,000 per electorate by political parties.
The Australian National University
Refereed paper presented to the
Australasian Political Studies Association conference
University of Newcastle
25-27 September 2006
The minimum actions to restore Parliamentry integrity
Action to restore open and accountable government at a Federal level
1. Parliamentary reform
a) Independent presiding officers in both houses
b) Reforms to question time to enable it to function as part of the accountability process
c) Confirmation of Parliament's right to call the staff of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries to give evidence and repudiation of the so-called "McMullan Principle".
d) Ensuring adequate resourcing of Opposition and other parties and independent members.
The Anticorruption reforms that ART would like to see
The risks of corruption have been increased by: the on going increase in government control of information; the ever-increasing need for funding of political campaigns; the methods employed to obtain it and the failure to enact legislation to impose controls; the commercialization of government services and projects; the development of lobbying and the inadequacies of the attempt to control the activity and make it transparent in a timely manner; and failure to either stop or control the flow of Ministers and their staff to the lobbying industry on retirement from their positions.
The reforms to political donations that ART would like to see
The Accountability Round Table’s starting premise is that the cost of election campaigns should be borne entirely by the State
This is a list to be updated as we hear of new Parliamentary reform promises and suggestions from Parliamentarians and other political players.
Christopher Pyne on time limits on answers, an independent speaker and a guarantee that private member's bills would be voted on
How are the major parties proposing to enhance Parliamentary integrity and accountability?
We have Election 2010 responses from Greens, Coalition and Labor. Read on…
OUR QUESTION 1
Do you support a comprehensive independent integrity system for the Commonwealth incorporating a general purpose Commonwealth anti-corruption agency, which includes educative, research and policy functions and which is provided with all necessary powers and is subject to parliamentary oversight?
OUR QUESTION 2
Do you support an enquiry by the Australian Law Reform Commission into regulation of the funding of political parties and candidates to achieve equality of access and integrity in our democratic system?
PARTIES & CANDIDATES COMMITMENTS
Law Council's poll of Major Party's electoral positions on key legal issues (Includes Legislatiive Standards reform)
In July 2010, the Law Council of Australia invited major political parties contesting the 2010 Federal Election to provide their views on key national issues of relevance to the Australian legal profession.
The Law Council prepared a document containing a list of issues and questions, and requested major political parties provide the details of their policy platform in relation to these key areas by 28 July 2010.
12 August 2010
Submission to Operation Halifax investigation into lobbying of public officials and public authorities in NSW and the related procedures and regulatory system.
Ken Coghill & Julia Thornton on behalf of ART
The public picture of politicians rarely includes those politicians who conduct themselves with integrity, respecting the need for honest, open and accountable government. In addition, there is no public recognition of their integrity and no system to reward or encourage such integrity. The “Parliamentary Integrity Awards” are intended to fill that gap.