of the Legislative Council
19 March 2015
Government Elections - Donations and Electoral Spending
LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Dr GOODWIN
view of the call by the head of the Local Government Association,
Allan Garcia, for greater transparency of political donations in
local government, what plans has the Government for legislation?
the Government recognise the inconsistency in that candidates for
council elections are not required to disclose who has contributed to
the Government believe local government voters should be aware if a
candidate has received a donation from a property developer?
President, I thank the honourable member for Rosevears for his
the legislation prescribes limits on electoral advertising
expenditure for the purchase of advertising time or space by a local
government candidate during an election period. The limit is $5 000
per candidate or $8 000 if the candidate has also nominated for
mayor or deputy mayor. The existing expenditure caps mean that if a
candidate received a large campaign donation, he or she would not be
able to spend any money above the prescribed limit, or exceed the
prescribed limits regarding advertising, during an election.
other states, expenditure on local government elections is not
necessarily restricted but there are various requirements for
candidates to disclose donations and electoral spending.
Government has no plans to introduce changes to disclosure
requirements, and will continue to consider this matter as a policy
issue prior to the next local government elections. Those
considerations will include taking into account the outcome of the
Legislative Council Committee into the Tasmanian Electoral
Government acknowledges that there are differences at the local,
state and federal levels of government in relation to the
requirements to disclose political donations. Any consideration of
potential changes to the arrangements for local government will take
into account the outcome of the Legislative Council Committee into
the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.