Political Finance in Australia: a skewed and secret system.
Australian National University. Democratic Audit of Australia By Joo-Cheong Tham and Sally Young,
The Australian National University 2006
This audit directly addresses the controversial role money plays in Australian politics by asking the question: How democratic is the way political parties are funded in Australia?
It identifies two central problems with the funding of Australian political parties: a lack of transparency, with secrecy a hallmark of private funding, political spending and the use of parliamentary entitlements and government resources; and the political inequality that is maintained and perpetuated by Australian political finance.