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Released political donations data found nearly 90% of declared donations to the Tassie Liberals were from gambling groups. Paul Jeffers/AAP

Tasmania’s gambling election shows Australia needs tougher rules on money in politics

Today the Commonwealth has released data on political donations. It shows high levels of donations from the gambling industry to political parties.
Transparency isn’t a silver bullet, but increasing it would go some way to changing the secrecy around who has access – and how much – to the government of the day. AAP/Lukas Coch

Influence in Australian politics needs an urgent overhaul – here’s how to do it

A new report from Grattan Institute argues the secrecy and inequality surrounding who has "say" and "sway" in Canberra can be remedied – if politicians can just find the will to do it.

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