Tasmania is a step closer to real transparency on political donations after passage of the Donations Reform Bill today.
Labor has been fighting for the introduction of a strong framework to govern Tasmania’s political donations laws for more than five years.
While the reforms passed today do not go far enough, Labor’s decision to support the Bill means we will finally have some form of transparency around political donations.
The Premier now needs to show he is truly serious about reform and ensure the bill comes into force as soon as possible, including providing the TEC the support they need to implement the bill.
Labor remains committed to further reform and will introduce a Private Members Bill as soon as possible to strengthen the legislation, and we will take that policy to the next election.
This will include the amendments we had previously foreshadowed including lowering the donation threshold to $1000, real time reporting of donations to parties and MPs, as well as spending caps for lower house elections.
Without these changes, Tasmania will continue to have the worst donation laws in the country.
Tasmania needs transparency in our state elections and voters have the right to know about donations political parties and candidates receive and how much is spent on elections.
November 16 2023