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Tony Nutt strongly defended the Coalition’s election campaign against criticism that it was not negative enough against Bill Shorten and Labor. Lukas Coch/AAP

Liberal director Nutt cold on foreign donation ban

Liberal Party director Tony Nutt has warned of potential dangers and difficulties in seeking to ban foreign political donations.
Scott Ryan has released terms of reference for an inquiry by a parliamentary committee into the 2016 federal election. Alan Porrit/AAP

Foreign donations on agenda for parliamentary inquiry

The issues of foreign donations and electronic voting will be examined by a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry.
There was concern in Labor ranks that more damaging information about Sam Dastyari might be about to come out. Dean Lewins/AAP

Dastyari forced off frontbench

Labor senator Sam Dastyari has been forced to quit the frontbench after Bill Shorten decided his position was untenable.
Sam Dastyari’s credibility has been compromised by the controversy around his relationship with Chinese benefactors. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Labor’s Sam Dastyari suffers Chinese burn

The press gallery's mid-winter ball, held on Wednesday, has become an institution. It raises money for charities as well as being an all-round good knees-up for media and politicians.
An integrated reform blueprint for federal and state politics could comprise eight elements. Chris Wilson/Flickr

Eight ways to clean up money in Australian politics

Political funding in Australia is governed by different rules for state (some of which do not require disclosure) and federal governments. And both levels suffer significant weaknesses.

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