Jo Siejka MLC
Labor Member for Pembroke
20 December 2018
  • Labor welcomes removal of election day print media ban
  • Government failing to ensure public confidence in political donations
  • Tasmania’s donation laws the weakest in the country

Tasmania’s political donations laws are the weakest in the country and should be the priority in reforming the Electoral Act.

Labor Transparency Committee Chair Jo Siejka said while Labor welcomes the lifting of the ban on print media on election day, it is concerning that the Government is dragging its feet on the most important components of the Review.

“Tasmania has some of the worst transparency in the nation around political donations, where currently political parties only have to declare donations over $13,800 and individual lower house candidates aren’t required to declare anything at all,” Ms Siejka said.

“This compares with the $1,000 limit in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

“The review should be looking at shortening the time in which donations must be declared.

“Donations from the 17-18 financial year, which took in the last state election will still not be declared until February.

“We’re lagging behind the rest of the country and Tasmanians want to know that political parties are accountable.”

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 within 14 days.

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 Labor hopes that the Premier and Attorney General are with us in wanting to clean up donations laws,” Ms Siejka said.