Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald (left) and union boss John Maitland are just two of the prominent figures who have been swept up in anti-corruption investigations at the state level.
Public trust in government is sliding and there's a perception that a small elite is reaping the benefits of political influence. This points to the need for a federal anti-corruption body.
The states have pulled far ahead of the Commonwealth on improving transparency around political donations.
While the states are making improvements to their political donations laws and practices, Canberra still has a long way to go.
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There is a clear public interest in investigating the activities of this billionaire political donor and privacy campaigner.
AEC disclosures revealed Malcolm Turnbull to be the single biggest donor to a political party in 2016-17.
The annual February festival of lampooning the largest visible donor lulls Australians into a false sense of security that there is a functioning political donations disclosure regime in place.
Politics Podcast: John Blaxland on new foreign interference laws.
John Blaxland has some real concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed foreign interference legislation on academic debate.
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.
Sam Dastyari was forced to resign as Labor’s deputy Senate whip last week.
The public release of secret intelligence can have a powerful impact on the political environment, as the revelations regarding Sam Dastyari demonstrate.
Labor’s Sam Dastyari has been sacked from his position as deputy Senate whip for his poor judgement.
The Sam Dastyari episode underscores the need for clear-cut rules to prevent those with links to foreign governments from using money to influence the political process.
If a House provision gets enacted, churches will be able to endorse – not just pray for – political candidates.
A provision in the House's pending tax bill would let religious and secular nonprofits engage in political speech without facing a penalty.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull has foreshadowed changes to Australia’s foreign donations laws.
The rationale for banning foreign donations is to stop the threat of overseas interests undermining Australian democracy.
The gambling lobby continues to provide substantial support to political parties.
The gambling industry continues to make handsome donations to our politicians, and recently named some of those it supports.
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with a lump of coal during Question Time.
Eighteen groups have issued a plea for political leaders to 'stop partisan antics' and work together to achieve energy reform.
Malcolm Turnbull’s donation of $1.75 million to the Liberal Party is the largest single donation in Australian political history.
The struggle for political equality has shaped Australian democracy. But it’s undermined by having a political donations system that benefits the rich at the expense of other Australians.
Malcolm Turnbull supports having more timely and transparent disclosure of political donations.
Under political pressure Malcolm Turnbull has finally put a figure of $1.75 million on his donation to the Liberals' re-election.
How much he kicked in for his own re-election wasn’t the only delicate point on which Malcolm Turnbull would not be drawn.
During his Wednesday appearance at the National Press Club Malcolm Turnbull observed he was not a “political animal” like some of his opponents. He meant it as a virtue – he was extolling his pragmatism…
Check out our interactives showing the total donations to Australia’s major parties in 2015-16, who the biggest donors to the parties were, and how donations to parties have changed in recent years.
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.