NSW Election Funding Laws Are a Serious Attack on Freedom of Association
The Guardian, 2013
3 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2019
Date Written: November 7, 2013
There is a currently a high court challenge to New South Wales election funding laws which will profoundly impact Australian politics.
Its genesis can be traced to the dying days of the Keneally Labor government in 2010, when the New South Wales parliament rejected Australia’s traditionally laissez-faire approach to regulating campaign finance and adopted caps on political donations, limits on election spending and increased public funding. Integral to these laws was its treatment of party membership fees — individual and organisational — which would be exempted from the caps on political donations.
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