Alex Ellinghausen, Fairfax
Paper Boat London
Cory Bernardi has called on the Senator to resign
Stronger donations laws won't fix everything but they would be an excellent start towards cleaning up our democracy, and to ensuring that political parties are beholden to the public rather than rich patrons.
Andrew Meares/Fairfax Media
The strength and integrity of the democratic process depends upon transparency and accountability in the political funding regime: the Australian system is deficient on both counts.
The NSW Liberal party has been slammed by election funding authorities for "concealing" the identities of illegal major donors before the 2011 election that brought it to power, including via the secr...