What price democracy?
Elections cost money to run. In addition, the taxpayer funds political parties and election candidates. On top of that, donations to political parties run into many millions of dollars.
The democratic, ethical and financial issues involved in the electoral process are important to any assessment of the state of democracy.
Since 1984, Australia has used a system of public funding of federal elections. Political parties and candidates are reimbursed for their election expenses in proportion to the percentage of the vote they secure, provided they poll at least 4%. Public funding is accompanied by financial disclosure rules.
- Dec 04, 2012: Election Funding Rate Increases To $2.47 Per Vote
- Dec 04, 2012: John Faulkner Calls For Better Governance Of Parliament, Public Service And The ALP
- Jan 06, 2011: Election Funding Rate Increased To $2.34 Per Vote
- Dec 17, 2008: Electoral Reform Green Paper
- Jun 16, 2006: Democrats Attack Howard Amendments To Electoral Laws
- Nov 17, 2004: Tony Windsor Accuses Anderson And McDonald Of Bribery
- Jan 23, 2004: Crime Commission Finds No Impropriety In Pauline Hanson Prosecution
- Aug 20, 2003: Pauline Hanson Jailed For Three Years For Electoral Fraud
- Jun 18, 1996: Gary Gray: The Funding Of Political Parties