Politics

Jun 13, 2017

The government wants to ban foreign donations — except the significant ones, of course

It's not the constitution but the cash that would be at risk if there was an across-the-board ban on foreign donations.

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor

Journalist

All major parties appear now to want a ban on foreign donations, but the government looks set to exempt a certain class of foreign donations -- coincidentally (we're sure), those that make large donations to the major parties. 

Legislation to ban foreign donations is expected to be introduced into Parliament later this year, but the exact ban is unclear at this point. Speaking on Sky News on Sunday, Attorney-General George Brandis said he and Special Minister of State Scott Ryan had met with the Solicitor-General to determine how exactly a ban could work without potentially being in breach of the constitution. One exemption, Brandis said, would be for multi-nationals with a significant presence in Australia but not owned by Australians:

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