The only effective way of destroying the undue influence of large foreign donations is by placing a cap on all donations.
If the purpose of this bill is to prevent foreign donations from influencing elections, it manifestly does not achieve that outcome.
Politics Podcast: Mark Dreyfus on refining foreign interference legislation.
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Mark Dreyfus says Labor acknowledges the need to do more about espionage activity and foreign influence in Australia but argues changes need to be made to the 'hastily' and broadly drafted bill.
Sam Dastyari is facing increased pressure to consider his position as a Labor senator.
Sam Dastyari is again in hot water after allegations he pressed Tanya Plibersek not to meet an advocate for Chinese democracy in 2015.
Australia is among the one-third of countries that allow foreign political donations.
If the government is serious about restoring faith in our politics and politicians, there’s much more to be done beyond banning foreign donations.
Australian Acting Special Minister of State Senator Mathias Cormann, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australian Attorney-General George Brandis at a press conference at Parliament House to introduce the new foreign donations laws.
The new foreign donations laws announced this week will potentially stifle the work of foreign funded charities and environment groups working in Australia.
The Andrews government’s proposed reforms will significantly improve Victoria’s donations system.
Australia’s political donations system remains fragmented, but proposed reforms in Victoria are a good step forward.
Sam Dastyari was the Labor Party’s chief fundraiser in New South Wales from 2010 to 2013.
If we ban all donations from individuals and corporations, funding for political campaigns must come from elsewhere.
Attorney-General George Brandis (left) and Special Minister of State Scott Ryan need to work together to reform foreign donations laws.
The political donations laws in Australia are dated and an increasing threat to democracy.
Former trade minister Andrew Robb walked from parliament into a high-paying post with a Chinese company.
This week’s ABC Four Corners/Fairfax expose of Chinese activities in Australia is alarming not just for its revelations about a multi-fronted pattern of influence-seeking but also for what it says about…
Malcolm Turnbull’s rumoured personal donation to the Liberal Party was not disclosed as part of the AEC’s donation disclosures for 2015-16.
Disclosures add to transparency. They allow us to follow the money and scrutinise who has made large donations. But mere disclosure does not remedy the inequity in Australia’s current system.
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Research suggests the answer, surprisingly, may be no, but behavioral science offers a few ways to encourage the wealthy to open their wallets a little wider.
Monday's government-Labor meeting over the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite ended in a stalemate.
Tony Nutt strongly defended the Coalition’s election campaign against criticism that it was not negative enough against Bill Shorten and Labor.
Liberal Party director Tony Nutt has warned of potential dangers and difficulties in seeking to ban foreign political donations.
Senator Bridget McKenzie, speaking on Q&A.
Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said Australia is one of the few countries in the world to accept foreign political donations. Is that true?
Bill Shorten has pledged to take action following Sam Dastyari’s resignation.
The opposition leader has promised to push for a ban on foreign donations.
There was concern in Labor ranks that more damaging information about Sam Dastyari might be about to come out.
Labor senator Sam Dastyari has been forced to quit the frontbench after Bill Shorten decided his position was untenable.
Labor senator Sam Dastyari has faced questions over his decision to accept money from a Chinese company to cover travel expenses.
What is meant by a 'foreign' political donation? And why should such donations be better regulated?