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Increase in political donation threshold to $13,000 spurs call for reform

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 17 Jun 2015

With the threshold for the disclosure of political donations set to hit $13,000 from 1 July the Greens plan to step up their campaign for greater transparency for donations to political parties, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"The increase in the disclosure threshold to $13,000 makes a farce of the Abbott government's stated commitment to transparency," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Prime Minister's 2013 election platform commited to ‘restore accountability and improve transparency measures to be more accountable to you'.

"We know from the work of the Greens Democracy4Sale project that the bulk of donations that fill the campaign coffers of the Coaliton and Labor parties come from donations under $13,000.

"The public will never know where most of the private money donated for election campaigns comes from. This is a scam on our democratic process.

"When the Howard government in 2006 lifted the threshold for disclosure for political donations from $1500 to $10,000 with increases linked to the CPI it allowed many donors to avoid public scrutiny.

"At the time the changes were made Liberal Senator Nick Minchin argued that the higher threshold was to protect the privacy of donors.

"This plan to shut down the public's right to know the details of political donations has not stopped the perception that corporations donate to political parties in order to buy influence.

"The Greens support a donation disclosure threshold of $1000.

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