Feb 4, 2011

The political donations data is nowhere near the full picture

The material released this week by the Electoral Commission only gives a partial picture of who is funding our political parties.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

While we all had good sport looking at the information on political donations released earlier this week, don’t mistake it for actual transparency about who is funding our political parties. It’s a partial picture, at best.

Crikey made its usual lament about how long we have to wait to find out information that could be easily made available every six months, or even on a live basis via immediate online disclosure. And there remains the problem that donations below $11,200 dollars do not have to be disclosed, courtesy of the Coalition’s attack on transparency launched by the Howard government, and continued in concert with Steve Fielding when Labor tried to improve the timeliness of reporting and restore the threshold to its former level.

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  1. AR

    Interesting that there are no comments on something so indicative of our political scene. If that is because Crikey sophisticates think ‘it’s corrupt, duhhh.. ‘ then I wonder why we aren’t torching the AEC for not enforcing what few rules it has. Or besieging the Hole in the Hill.

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