Party Finance Law in Australia: Innovation and Enervation

15 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2014

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Graeme D. Orr

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

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Date Written: September 16, 2014

Abstract

Recent scandals and have led to significant ferment in the law governing party finance at State level in Australia. This includes pushes to full public funding of election campaigns. Yet national regulation remains relatively laissez-faire.

This paper explores and explains the motivations and details of State level innovations and constitutional constraints, across the domains of both public and private sources of funding, and expenditure. The Australian case proves a lesson in the value of experimentation in a federation, and provides only limited evidence for the 'cartel' or 'etatization' theories.

Keywords: campaign finance, party finance, election law

Suggested Citation

Orr, Graeme, Party Finance Law in Australia: Innovation and Enervation (September 16, 2014). University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2497251 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2497251

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The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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