Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2020


The Child Protection Party has been invited to present a submission to the Federal Parliament Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2020 which is due to offer its report on 30th June 2020.

We are asking you to participate by providing us with your thoughts about what we should place in our submission.

We have our own opinions about political donations and we are sure you do too.

Your views are important to us and we value any suggestions you make which are in accord with the guidelines of the committee. 

The Party must send in its submission by 30th April 2020 so, if you want to add your views, please do so as soon as possible.

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Purpose of the Bill

To amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to:

  • define reporting entities as political entities, campaigners, associated entities and third parties;
  • lower the disclosure threshold for gifts provided to reporting entities;
  • require disclosure by reporting entities and donors when the sum of the gifts provided by the same donor to the same reporting entity is greater than the disclosure threshold;
  • require disclosure by reporting entities and donors within 7 days of a reportable gift (a ‘trigger gift’) being made, and require disclosure within 7 days of subsequent ‘post-trigger’ gifts until the end of the reporting period;
  • require reporting entities to lodge half-yearly returns with details of the nature and source of all reportable donations and other receipts;
  • require reporting entities that engage in electoral expenditure to hold an electoral expenditure account with an ADI (authorised deposit-taking institution), from which all electoral expenditure must be paid;
  • increase the monitoring and investigatory powers of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC); and
  • provide for infringement notices and civil penalty provisions for entities or persons that fail to meet their disclosure obligations

4 comments


  • Toni Grange

    Reference to use -

    PARTY
    RULES?
    Dilemmas of political party
    regulation in Australia
    Edited by Anika Gauja
    and Marian Sawer

    https://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/n2109/pdf/book.pdf


  • Toni Grange

    References to use -

    Key points:
    Federal donations predictably down in the period following the 2016 election
    Professor Chilla Bulbeck pledged almost $600,000 to the WA Greens
    Queensland branches of Labor and the Coalition were major recipients, linked to the state election

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-01/donations-australia-federal-politics-foreign/10768226


  • Toni Grange

    Please use this reference -

    Hidden sources gave major political parties more than $62m in so-called dark money last financial year, a new report will show.

    Preliminary findings from a Grattan Institute report show the origins of a huge chunk of money being handed to political parties remain secret.

    The findings, first reported by the ABC, show about 30-40% of donations to political parties in the past decade came from untraceable sources. Last financial year alone, the source of $62.8m in party income is completely hidden.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/03/australias-political-parties-got-62m-in-dark-money-donations-last-year


  • Ellen Bucello

    Any Agency/Organisation that die not opt into Federal Government Redress should not be allowed any charitable status under our laws.


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