Review of the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018 (Cth)

Liberty Victoria

The ability of charity groups and non-government advocacy bodies to freely speak on political issues is therefore a key component of a healthy democracy. In this submission, Liberty Victoria discourages proposed changes to electoral laws to reduce the threshold for political campaigners from the current $500,000 threshold to $100,000. 

Additionally, Liberty Victoria registered our concern with other recommendations that were not the subject of the request for submissions, including recommendations 
1. Abolish compulsory preferential voting (recommendation 2);
2. Stop non-party campaigners from standing within 100 metres of a polling booth
entrance (recommendation 19); and
3. Introduce voter identification laws (recommendation 21).
The above matters have the potential to significantly degrade Australian democracy.

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