Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Hodgman needs to act on weak donation disclosures

• New report confirms Tasmania’s electoral donation laws weakest in nation
• Premier must finally address lack of transparency for political donations
• Voters cannot continue to be kept in the dark about funding for candidates
The Hodgman Liberal Government’s ongoing review of Tasmania’s Electoral Act should be treated with greater urgency after a new report concluded the state’s donation laws are the weakest in the country.
Shadow Attorney-General Ella Haddad said the report by the Grattan Institute highlights the fact that Tasmania has some of the worst transparency in the nation around political donations, requiring parties to declare donations only over $13,800, compared to the $1,000 threshold in other states including New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
“The current review should also be urgently investigating changes to the time in which donations must be declared because Tasmania’s rules state that donations made in a financial year period are not declared until the following year,” Ms Haddad said.
“We lag, appallingly, far behind the rest of the country and Tasmanians need to have confidence that all political parties are accountable.
“The fact for instance that nobody will know – and nobody is required to divulge – how much was spent during the 2018 election campaign until next year is no longer acceptable.
“In its submission to the review of the Electoral Act, Labor recommended all political parties as well as candidates should have to disclose donations above $1,000 and, like in other jurisdictions, those disclosures should be made in real time.
“In our submission Labor has also recommended candidates should be limited in the amount they are able to spend on campaigns.
“These proposed changes are long overdue and Premier Hodgman needs to tell Tasmanians that he is either on board to strengthen democracy and transparency or not.”

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dave Parsell

    October 31, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Stooges are bankrolled by rich people. The rich people wish to remain anonymous, and the stooges oblige.

  2. Chris

    October 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Erica Betz was paramount when the $13,000 amount was introduced federally, after all it’s his policy which is used here.
    Little Willy follows his leader, and like his answers to his emails, nothing is done without the Chancellor’s say-so.
    The Liberal policy continues as dictated by the ticket wrangler!

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