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Qld to disclose political donations in real-time

by Poppy Johnston •
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Topics: Software; Digital Transformation; Qld.

Queensland citizens will soon be able to see who donates money to political parties, and how much, thanks to a new real-time electronic donation disclosure system announced today.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk estimates the system will be in place by 1 January 2017 to go live by the end of February – well before the next election in 2018.

“It means that instead of waiting months to see who is donating to a political party, people will be able to see who is donating and how much they are donating before an election takes place.”

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ), tasked with the system build, is currently in the process of assessing potential software suppliers.

The government will also need to consider which laws and regulations will need to be amended to accommodate the system.

The announcement follows a Bill introduced last year to decrease the donation disclosure threshold from $12,800 to $1,000 to restore “fundamental transparency and integrity measures,” said the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, and Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath at the time.

As well as lowering the donation threshold, the legislation passed last year restored six-monthly reporting requirements, abolished voter ID requirements, and introduced the government’s intention to eventually implement real-time disclosure of political donations.

According to Ms Palaszczuk, “Queensland will have some of the most progressive, open and transparent political donations laws in the country” once the real-time donation disclosure rules come into full effect.  

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