Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 19 November 2009) . . Page.. 5306 ..
Campaign Finance Reform—Select Committee
MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (12.20): I move:
(1) a Select Committee on Campaign Finance Reform be established to examine campaign financing in the ACT, including:
(a) regulation of:
(i) donation size;
(ii) political party campaign expenditure; and
(iii) third party campaign expenditure;
(b) disclosure laws;
(c) public funding;
(d) regulation of:
(i) personal candidate funding; and
(ii) corporate and union donations; and
(e) any other relevant matter;
(2) the committee shall report back to the Assembly by the last sitting day in April 2010; and
(3) the committee shall be composed of:
(a) one member nominated by the Government;
(b) one member nominated by the Crossbench; and
(c) one member nominated by the Opposition;
to be notified to the Speaker within 24 hours of this resolution being passed.
I rise to present a very important motion that affects every aspect of our democracy in the ACT, and I urge all parties to support this motion on the issue of campaign finance reform. In comments I have made in bringing forward this reform, I noted the importance of seeing campaign finance reform debated and analysed before a committee process. This is an important debate that must be had to defend a fundamental aspect of our governmental system: that democracy should not be up for sale; that democracy is a measure of your ideas and ideals, not a measure of your bank balance.