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Campaign Spending

By 10 September 2008 12

I just noticed on the ABC that down in Tasmania there is a spending limit of $12,000 on campaign expenses. 

I was just wondering what people thought of this. 

I think it’s a good idea to give candidates fairly equal coverage and ensure that someone doesn’t get in purely because they’ve spent a fortune on advertising. 

Would something like this work here in Canberra, do you think?

[ED - I'd rather see where their money comes from than have third parties campaigning for them undisclosed]

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12 Responses to Campaign Spending
#1
Aurelius3:58 pm, 10 Sep 08

As a member of a major party, and a former campaign director for a minor party’s campaign in Brisbane, I think this is a great idea. But enforcing it would be a nightmare, and whatever system was in place would leak like a sieve.
Unfortunately.

#2
mad_kiwi4:36 pm, 10 Sep 08

i would like to see that poker machine revenue is not being spent on election campaigns.
I understand the local Labor Clubs donate a large amount of money to the ACT ALP.

#3
jakez4:38 pm, 10 Sep 08

I say we go in the complete opposite direction and legalise bribing people for their vote ;-)

#4
Aurelius4:39 pm, 10 Sep 08

Jakez, We do have legalised vote buying. It’s usually called “Budget Night” in the media.

#5
tom-tom4:50 pm, 10 Sep 08

dumb idea, doesn’t work in tassie wont work here.

if spending limits were enacted it far too easy for both majors to use ‘sister groups’ to spend money campaigning for them, eg “Honest Australias in favour of the colour red” advertising for the alp and “hardworking aussies who like blue” for the libs.

besides i think the act system is already far too geared in favour of minority parties.

#6
Morgan5:08 pm, 10 Sep 08

That spending limit only applies for the (mostly) non-partisan Upper house elections that take place quite regularly, independent of the lower house big spend partisan campaigns.

Election finance reform needs to examine the role of front organisations like Getup, ACTU, Australian Business Council. Note the electoral law in new Zealand requires registration of third party groups and regulates their spending.

#7
jakez10:01 am, 11 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

Jakez, We do have legalised vote buying. It’s usually called “Budget Night” in the media.

*thumbs up*

#8
Roland GRNS2:29 pm, 11 Sep 08

Labor and Liberal opposed Greens MLA Deb Foskey’s amendments to the ACT Electoral Act that would have required parties to disclose the source of their donations BEFORE the election.

The Public Interest Adnvocacy Centre (and Greens, among others) is proposing something like the Canadian model with a cap on expenditure (including 3rd party expenditure), public funding of political parties, and very tight limits on political donations.

#9
jakez3:32 pm, 11 Sep 08

Roland GRNS said :

The Public Interest Adnvocacy Centre (and Greens, among others) is proposing something like the Canadian model with a cap on expenditure (including 3rd party expenditure), public funding of political parties, and very tight limits on political donations.

I find that to be a very scary system.

#10
johnboy3:59 pm, 11 Sep 08

Agree with jakez there.

I’d rather assume my politicians are bent than give them the power to regulate all other political activity.

#11
Roland GRNS12:29 pm, 12 Sep 08

I don’t think there is anything reassuring in simply assuming your politians are bent.

And the Canadian system doesn’t give politicans the power to regulate all other political activity,as far as i can see.

#12
jakez1:23 pm, 12 Sep 08

Roland GRNS said :

And the Canadian system doesn’t give politicans the power to regulate all other political activity,as far as i can see.

…?

Mate, that’s the crux of your system.

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