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Donations scandal: who is Labor lawyer Ian Robertson?

Donations scandal: who is Labor lawyer Ian Robertson?

Ian Robertson is one of the most influential people you may have never heard of.

Is the NT inquiry into political donations already doomed?

Is the NT inquiry into political donations already doomed?

Proposals for a local inquiry into political donations -- and its ugly cousin election funding -- have been around for a while. And this one might be DOA.

Banning union and company donations a great idea, except it’s unconstitutional

Banning union and company donations a great idea, except it’s unconstitutional

In the wake of the Dastyari scandal both sides have been calling for a ban on donations of various kinds, such as corporations or unions. But there's the pesky matter of the constitution ...

Mayne: why I am disclosing my campaign donors (and Andrews should too)

Mayne: why I am disclosing my campaign donors (and Andrews should too)

Australia's political disclosure laws are woefully inadequate.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Typos hurt ... energetic donations ... bat Bhathal ...

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

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.

Pollies with snouts in the trough set back reform

Pollies with snouts in the trough set back reform

To effectively prosecute reform, politicians need to be trusted by the electorate. Bronwyn Bishop and Bill Shorten haven't helped that cause.

Shorten’s late declaration larger and later than thought

Shorten’s late declaration larger and later than thought

Bill Shorten's late declaration from the 2007 election is online and involves a bigger sum than previously thought.

Joe should put his hurt feelings to good use on donation laws

Joe should put his hurt feelings to good use on donation laws

What precisely do donors get when they buy access to a senior politician? Both sides like to play coy on that, fueling suspicion about political donations.