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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.

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