On 18 June 2020, the Senate referred the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020 for inquiry and report by Tuesday, 16 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.