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.