Cleaning up Australian politics - Grattan Institute

The political donations that fund election campaigns can introduce a conflict between the financial interests of political parties, and their assessment of the national interest in policy making. This submission argues that publishing timely information about larger donors is an important public check on this conflict. And we recommend going further to introduce an electoral expenditure cap, which would reduce the influence of money in politics and the incentive to chase more donations.

Further detail about the need for and nature of these reforms is provided in our 2018 Grattan Institute report, Who’s in the room? Access and influence in Australian politics.

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Danielle Wood

Chief Executive Officer
Danielle Wood is CEO of the Grattan Institute where she heads a team of leading policy thinkers, researching and advocating policy to improve the lives of Australians. Danielle also leads Grattan’s Budgets and Government Program.

Kate Griffiths

Budgets and Government Deputy Program Director
Kate Griffiths is the Deputy Program Director of Grattan Institute’s Budgets and Government Program. She previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group with clients in the energy and health sectors, and in science and research policy for the federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

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