Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020

On 18 June 2020, the Senate referred the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020 for inquiry and report by the second sitting day of March 2021.

The closing date for submissions is 6 November 2020.

This bill is a private senator’s bill. The purpose of the amendments in the bill is to prevent certain industries from making political donations, specifically:

  • 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.

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Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
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Canberra ACT 2600

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About this inquiry

The bill proposes amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 that will prohibit political donations from certain industries, and impose a cap on all other donations.

Track Inquiry

Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)


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