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Democrats call for full disclosure of political donations



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PR No 89/515 14 November 1989

DEMOCRATS CALL FOR FULL DISCLOSURE OF POLITICAL DONATIONS

The Australian Democrats today totally supported calls for the full disclosure of all donations to political parties and candidates.

Democrats' Deputy Leader, Senator Michael Macklin, said it has been his party's policy for more than 10 years that all donations to parties and candidates be fully disclosed to the public.

Senator Macklin said: "I welcome the strong statements by the outgoing Australian Electoral Commissioner, Dr Colin Hughes, that the current system of partial disclosure had failed and that there was a lack of confidence in the electoral system."

Currently political parties have to disclose only donations for election campaigns, not donations for other things such as administrative expenses.

The revelations which came from the Fitzgerald Inquiry in Queensland and the Independent Commission Against Corruption in NSW were indicative of the types of abuses which could occur.

Senator Macklin said: "The current legislation has a hole big enough for a semi-trailer to drive through and urgently needs tightening up to include the disclosure of all donations to parties - no matter for what purpose."

Senator Macklin said the Government should now move to amend the Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill 1989 which is currently before the Senate to tighten up the disclosure provisions.

Senator Macklin said: "If the Government has nothing to hide, it will now legislate to require all donations to political parties and candidates be made public." *

Further Information; Senator Michael Macklin (07) 391 8899

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