From the Sunday Age this morning:
A Labor source said the reforms to boost the taxpayer-funded contribution were needed because political parties around the country ”are broke”.
”It’s being put in high-minded terms, but Labor federally is $8 million in debt, and Rudd refuses to fund-raise. State branches are also in a parlous state.”
Indeed. I fear that academic supporters of electoral law reform are being taken for a ride, providing ‘high-minded’ justifications for electoral law reforms that are, as they almost always are, grubby exercises in partisan self-interest.
Also in the Sunday Age, Chris Berg emphasises that big government is the root cause of the political donations issue.