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Donations an attempt to buy influence

Crikey readers talk political donations, what’s behind George Brandis’ conservatism, and how we can help cyclists.

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Turn off the telly and let the sunlight in on political donations

Efforts to restrict the unedifying process of politicians selling access to themselves are unlikely to work, but greater real-time transparency of who is trying to influence politicians might.

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Tips and rumours

Rex donations going awry … Sydney arts coverage under threat? … Gillard is back and blogging …

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Real party donation reform: the city where political finance never sleeps

As the AEC releases political finance data for the year to June 2013, Inside Story’s Graeme Orr visits a New York organisation that can teach us a lot about timely transparency.

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Tips and rumours

ATO cracks down on young lawyers? … more pro-LNP edicts from Queensland … Melbourne mayor changes career …

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Political donations: how Labor got crushed by the Liberal money machine

New political donation data shows how generous donors were to the Liberal Party as it closed in on victory. But we have to wait for the donations that came once Kevin Rudd returned (briefly) to power.

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Money, politics and the campaign arms race: corporates outspend citizens

Australia’s campaign donations regulations are among the most lax in the world. Freelance journalist Jacqueline Ning says despite political will for change it remains a largely unregulated area.

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Tips and rumours

Tom Waterhouse sells out … News Ltd shuffles deck chairs … Liberal donations … Hockey’s charm offensive

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Which party should get academics’ dough?

Crikey readers talk the next PM, what should be done about Afghanistan and whether the NTEU should give money to the Greens.

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Essential: the ‘Labor grimly clings on’ edition

Today’s Essential Report suggests little has changed in voting sentiment in recent weeks, but Labor has edged up just a little.

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Tony Abbott’s uncomfortable resemblance to Labor

Tony Abbott occasionally shows signs that he’s not as different from Labor as he claims — in ways that don’t augur well for his government. Can Joe Hockey assert some influence?

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Reworking the working age

Crikey readers have their say on the important issues of the day.

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Political farce: donations bill blows up on Labor and Abbott

Tony Abbott has been forced by his colleagues to reverse his support for Labor’s cynical deal to secure more public funding. But it’s Labor that looked the most farcical.

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Media the real winners from a desperate, secret donations deal

More funding for political parties will do nothing to curb the growth in donations — and will only benefit media proprietors taking ad dollars. Our man in Canberra tests the claims.

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Political donation ‘shame’: watered down, and comes with a price

Labor’s new political donations bill waters down its previous commitment to disclosure requirements and now comes with a big price tag. Naturally, the parties agreed on the increase.

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The Power Index: election deciders, the moneybags at #7

It’s a battle of ideas, not money,” says Clive Palmer of the election. But the two aren’t mutually exclusive. So who’s holding the bag for their respective leaders — and who’s providing the cash? The Power Index investigates.

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Our very own ‘Citizens United’? NSW election spending challenged

Unions NSW is taking the government to court, claiming that restricting political donations to individuals is an infringement of the implied constitutional right of freedom of political speech.

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Another year, another round of media failures on campaign finance

The release of donations data should be one of the year’s biggest dumps of hot political news. It’s high time the mainstream media stopped turning a blind eye and started asking questions.

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AEC donor dump: who paid out for the parties in 11-12

It’s poor, inconsistent and late — but we finally have a glimpse of who donated to political parties in 2011-12. So who did the shooters donate to?

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What would a politically charged Rinehart do? Read the book

Gina Rinehart’s new self-published book offers some unique insights into the mining billionaire. What if she decided to spend more of her fortune on political activism?

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Media dooms Faulkner’s ambitious transparency agenda

John Faulkner’s agenda for political transparency has been ignored in favour of his comments on NSW Labor, but it’s in the media’s interests to gain transparency. Why turn a blind eye?

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Qld Labor ends electoral arms-race — just when the LNP benefits

Queensland Labor enters the 2012 election without one of its key campaigning tools of recent years. The party’s success has been built on massively outspending its opponents. New laws bring that to an end just when the tables were turned.

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Check your maths, and your letterbox

You can learn a lot from digging through 12 years worth of Australian Electoral Commission filings …

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The rise and rise of mining company donations

Big mining money has shifted behind the Coalition and poses a serious threat to Labor if maintained.

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More evidence of why donation disclosure laws are hopeless

For several years now Crikey has engaged in the ritual denunciation of our Commonwealth electoral donation laws. It’s worth repeating.

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