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Palmer's type of excessive spending can only be stopped by placing a cap on election expenditure

Lee Rhiannon 6 Apr 2014

I am passionate about introducing legislation that would set election spending caps and I am calling on the Coalition and Labor for thier support.

Reports that Clive Palmer spent more on advertising in the WA Senate by-election than the combined spending of all other parties should be a wake up call to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and opposition leader Bill Shorten. Democracy only works when it is based on a fair electoral system. Wealthy individuals like Mr Palmer are using their money to influence election results through saturation advertising.

In 2010 the Greens were successful in winning support for election spending caps in NSW. Modest limits should come in nationally and for all elections around the country. Caps on election expenditure would go a long way to limiting the influence large donors have on politicians.

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