Feb 1, 2016

Mayne: stars aligning for campaign finance reforms, but media will be key

If the media get on the political donations reform bandwagon, it will hard for Turnbull and Shorten to twiddle their thumbs.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Surely, after waiting all these years for some decent reforms to Australia’s pathetically weak federal system of campaign finance regulation, the stars will align in 2016.

NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird is fully signed up to these comprehensive improvements, including a commitment to use the Council of Australian Governments to try to come up with some consistent national regulations.

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6 thoughts on “Mayne: stars aligning for campaign finance reforms, but media will be key

  1. klewso

    Why aren’t we having a look into those revelations from 4 Corners? “Union/Shorten/Gillard corruption” was such a big deal?

  2. Norman Hanscombe

    If only Crikey had put aside its interests as a capitalist enterprise decades back, who knows how much progress could have been made already.

  3. klewso

    … Besides the fact it was Rudd that dismantled Abbott’s “Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner” – that Toady had to wind up Heydon to lay the ground work to re-establish?

  4. AR

    I can just imagine churnalists running hard on this issue – it would do wonders for their future hopes of leaks & backgrounding.
    Jeez, they might have to go back to being investigative reporters,
    heaven forfend.

  5. Mike Wilson

    If the stars align, and media is key, then failure to make this reform happen will last for a generation. Make this a community action / development cause, not just a posture – Please. You guys have the intelligence and resources (almost) to get this happening.

  6. David Hand

    What reform Stephen? I’ve read this piece and I can’t see any new ideas. All I see is the desire for greater transparency. But what will that deliver?

    Your penultimate paragraph says that big funders control our elected politicians.

    Tell that to Nathan Tinkler.

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