Donation transparency law under review

After two years in operation, a law to improve transparency and accountability around political donations will be reviewed by the Parliament’s Electoral Matters Committee.

Committee Chair Senator James McGrath says the review of the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018 is an opportunity for the Parliament to ensure that the law is working as it should.

‘The Committee will also take the opportunity to check in on how the Act’s objectives can continue to be achieved in the most effective way while minimising red tape,’ Senator McGrath said.

‘We are also interested in the impacts of amendments to the original bill that are relevant to charitable issue-based advocacy.’

Senator McGrath noted that the Committee will examine the operation of the amendments, dealing with foreign donations; and the clarity of public guidance products issued by regulators.

The Committee invites written submissions addressing any or all of the terms of reference. Information on how to make a submission may be found at the following link. Submissions are requested by 29 January 2021.

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