Handing political parties an extra $20 million-plus per electoral cycle, on top of the $70-odd million they already get, will do nothing to reduce their reliance on political donations.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus insists giving parties "administrative funding" of $1 per vote -- as the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2013 (the text of the bill hasn't been made public yet) will -- would shift the balance more toward public funding.