Crikey Says

May 1, 2014

Crikey says: NSW must ban political donations

It's Commission of Audit day. Exciting, huh? Crikey meets the authors ahead of the release at 2pm. Plus the cosy conflicts around coal in NSW. Why John Faulkner's retirement shows Labor's learnt nothing (and a "Crikey"-style newsletter won't fix it). Guy Rundle on the racists out of control. Arts companies closing under Campbell Newman. And inside Al Jazeera.

“Commissioner, this inquiry will expose the systematic subversion of the electoral funding laws of New South Wales … The evidence will expose the conduct of some donors whose sole purpose in donating was to purchase favourable political decisions — at a more disturbing level it will show that there were others who were willing to sell their political preferences.”


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11 thoughts on “Crikey says: NSW must ban political donations

  1. David Hand

    Public funding of political parties can’t work in the long term because the two big parties would collude to keep rivals out – another form of corruption.

    But in the case of NSW, I absolutely agree. Public funding is considerably less worse than the corruption we see on both sides of politics.

  2. klewso

    Sounds like a good idea, but how do you calculate the monetary worth of the positive PR generated by those controlling most of our hard-copy media (on whom such a large percentage of voters rely and expect to be kept fully and frankly informed) – trying to influence voter perceptions, to influence electoral outcomes, in favor of their preferred party?
    How much would Labor have to spend to counter Murdoch spin?

  3. David Hand

    Nothing – they’ve got the ABC.

  4. klewso

    “The ABC is Left-biased – because it doesn’t echo Murdoch’s Ministry of Misinformation!”?

  5. David Hand

    Ah that’s right.
    To lefties, a news outlet that shares their views is not biased.

  6. klewso

    Heaven knows, and I’m the first to admit it, I’m not Right about everything, but next time you’re out driving, pretend you’ve stopped progressing, and taken up a sedentary position on the extreme Right-Hand shoulder of the road (safely away from the influence of passing traffic), then consider the relativity of the centre/ABC line?

  7. drsmithy

    To lefties, a news outlet that shares their views is not biased.

    I’m always ready to hear about some alleged ABC bias.

    Can you come up with five examples ?

  8. drsmithy

    So long as political donations are constrained to natural persons only, and limited to amounts reasonable for normal people (say, up to 2000ish/yr), then it’s hard to see how they are a problem.

  9. @chrispydog


    Democracy is a farce when private money can secretly buy a voice that is bigger than one vote.

  10. David Hand

    I can do 5 examples but I don’t have time right now.

    So here’s 2.

    1. Barrie Cassidy’s soft focused pre-recorded interview with Peter Slipper in the election campaign when he failed to ask even one challenging question and let Slipper blame Tony Abbott for his wife’s miscarriage.

    2. Paul Barry’s first show back on Media Watch when he got all emotional about insults directed at Rudd and Gillard but seemed strangely unconcerned about insults directed at Tony Abbott.

    Oh yes, a third. That awful edition of Q&A when they lined up a bunch of human rights activists for a feeding frenzy on free speech and George Brandis.

    But then again, bias is in the eye of the beholder.

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