Cleaning Up Democracy

A BETTER WAY FOR DEMOCRACY

MAKING SURE OUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTS PEOPLE, NOT BIG BUSINESS

The corrupting influence of large political donations, especially from big business, requires serious law reform including caps and restrictions on different types of donations and better accountability, especially around election time.

As one prominent Adelaide property developer famously put it when asked why the company gave money to political parties, “We want our projects to happen. That’s the way business works here.”
We need to ensure the government is working in the best interests of South Australians – not those of big business.

Public funding of elections (as occurs in Canada) provides a more transparent process, especially when accompanied by restrictions on big donations. This should apply to all parties and candidates, not just those who opt-in to voluntary spending caps.

Taking Action

The Greens have a better way of cleaning up election funding to strengthen our democracy.

The Greens will:

  • Cap individual donations to $1500 per year;
  • Restrict all corporate, union and overseas donations;
  • Restrict all anonymous donations to less than $100 in total in any year; and
  • Support public funding of elections and administration.