The release of political donations data reveals the impact of wealthy individuals in the 2019 federal election campaign, as well as the importance of a sizeable war chest to claim power.
Canada’s new Elections Act may have prevented the type of mammoth election spending seen in the United States via super-PACs, but it's been at the expense of public debate.
Jodi McKay and Anthony Albanese have announced an inquiry into the head office of the NSW ALP, following shocking revelations about scandals in the handling of donations.
Following a politically disastrous interview, Liberal MP Gladys Liu has issued a statement strongly proclaiming her loyalty to Australia and her support for the government's policy on China.
Michelle Grattan discusses the slowing economy, and the response to Channel 9's decision to host a fundraiser for the Liberal party.
While the Liberal party reaped mega dollars at Nine's Monday fundraiser, Nine and its chief executive faced a backlash from staff at the company's recently acquired former Fairfax newspapers.
Today the Commonwealth has released data on political donations. It shows high levels of donations from the gambling industry to political parties.
In the aftermath of a controversy surrounding New Zealand's opposition party, discussions now focus on reform of party donations to avoid the potential of political influence.
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.
While the states are making improvements to their political donations laws and practices, Canberra still has a long way to go.
There is a clear public interest in investigating the activities of this billionaire political donor and privacy campaigner.
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.
If the government is serious about restoring faith in our politics and politicians, there’s much more to be done beyond banning foreign donations.
The public release of secret intelligence can have a powerful impact on the political environment, as the revelations regarding Sam Dastyari demonstrate.
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.
A provision in the House's pending tax bill would let religious and secular nonprofits engage in political speech without facing a penalty.
Australia’s political donations system remains fragmented, but proposed reforms in Victoria are a good step forward.
If we ban all donations from individuals and corporations, funding for political campaigns must come from elsewhere.
The political donations laws in Australia are dated and an increasing threat to democracy.