We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new phase with you.
Tamsin Creed, Publisher
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.
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 ...
If the media get on the political donations reform bandwagon, it will hard for Turnbull and Shorten to twiddle their thumbs.
To effectively prosecute reform, politicians need to be trusted by the electorate. Bronwyn Bishop and Bill Shorten haven't helped that cause.
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.