Tasmanian Greens today welcomed Attorney-General Brian Wightman’s release of the long-awaited discussion paper on political donations reform, saying it raised hopes for a new era of accountability and strengthened democracy.
Greens Leader Nick McKim said the formal consultation process is a welcome first step towards delivering a rigorous state-based political donations regime, and is also a vindication of a decades-long campaign for this reform.
“The Greens have driven the campaign for a more transparent state-based political donations system over recent decades and this public discussion paper released by the Attorney-General is a good start,” Mr McKim said.
“On behalf of the Greens I urge people to get involved and make a submission to this process.”
“We need to seize this opportunity and make sure we are on track to see state-based political donations legislation in place by the time voters go to the ballot box at the next election.”
Mr McKim said the Greens believe voters would be much better served by:
• Real time disclosure of donations to political parties and MPs, so voters are informed when they go to polls about who is giving how much to whom;
• A cap on donations to all political parties and MPs;
• The end of anonymous donations;
• Disclosure of third-party funding of political adverts so voters now who is behind TV ads and the like.”
“This formal consultation process is still just the start, and reforming political donations is just one aspect of improving the quality of our democracy.”
“The Greens won’t be letting up on other aspects, such as enfranchising voters from the age of 16, pursuing e-voting or restoring the rightful number of MPs back to 35.”
“It is worth noting that the power-sharing Parliament has encouraged Labor to come on board the issue of political donations reform, just as they did by supporting the Greens on marriage equality, on banning Big Tobacco donations and on banning councillors sitting as MPs, among others. None of these landmark wins would have happened without Greens at the table.”
“Political donations reform could prove to be another positive example of the Greening of Government,” Mr McKim said.