We have been invited to make a submission by November 6. Summary of the bill is that it intends to prevent the following industries from making political donations:
- property developers
- the tobacco industry
- the banking industry
- liquor and gambling businesses
- pharmaceuticals companies
- the mining industry and
- representative organisations for these industries.
“The bill also imposes a cumulative limit on donations from any source of $3,000 per election term.”
Specifically targetting certain problematic industries may be effective for addressing certain issues with those industries. Eg one major indirect effect of this bill is to assist with efforts addressing climate change.
However there are still issues caused by unchecked lobbying in many other areas, for example, the current overbearing copyright regime is the result of decades of media industry lobbying with negative repercussions in numerous areas.
What should the theme of our submission be? Perhaps encouraging a solution like a “common pool” of donations to support greater political diversification via minor parties?