Regulating political contributions: another view from across the Tasman

Joo-Cheong Tham
2010 Policy Quarterly  
This article compares the Australian and New Zealand electoral finance regimes, with a particular focus on political contributions. Three specific areas are examined: disclosure of contributions; limits on contributions; and regulating the sale of access and influence. This examination is underpinned by what I see as the key purposes of democratic political finance regimes (Tham, 2010, ch.1): protecting the integrity of representative government, an aim which encompasses the prevention of
more » ... prevention of corruption; promoting fairness in politics, especially in elections; supporting parties to discharge their functions; respecting political freedoms, in particular freedom of political expression and freedom of political association.
doi:10.26686/pq.v6i3.4337 fatcat:372b4zixozcnnlvkq7hbjzwb7i