Ella Haddad MP
Shadow Attorney-General
1 February 2019
  • Public has lost confidence in political donations
  • Tasmania’s donation laws the weakest in the country

Tasmanians will never know the source of more than $3 million in donations to the Liberal Party during the last election campaign.

Shadow Attorney General Ella Haddad said it was beyond time the Liberals got on board with Labor’s transparency measures to improve public faith in our elections.

“Tasmania has some of the worst transparency in the nation around political donations,” Ms Haddad said.

“Political parties only have to declare donations over $13,800 and individual candidates aren’t required to declare donations at all.

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

“Labor’s policy is for all political parties as well as candidates to have to disclose donations above $1,000 and, like in other jurisdictions, those disclosures should be made within 14 days.

“Registered third parties should also have to disclose their election spending.

“Until third parties are required to declare how much they spend during Tasmanian elections the public will never know who is paying for influence in the electoral process.”