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Margo Kingston is a retired Australian journalist and climate change activist. She is best known for her work at the Sydney Morning Herald and her blog, Webdiary. Since 2012, Kingston has been a citizen journalist, reporting and commenting on Australian politics via Twitter and No Fibs.

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Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations Cleanup) Bill 2022

THANK YOU, Mr President. I support this bill and congratulate the member for Clark on his introduction.

As a freelancer, transparency and integrity are at the heart of what drives me and the people who put me here.

Political access and influence should never be for sale.

I am proud to disclose the names and amount of each donation I receive above $1,000 each financial quarter.

This includes small cumulative donations from the same person that together total more than $1,000.

I also agree to release the names of anyone who makes a cumulative donation above the Australian Electoral Commission’s threshold of $14,500 within five working days.

This bill would hold us all to a similar standard.

The release of the AEC reports earlier this month shows how urgently we need to reform political donation laws.

A recent analysis by the Center for Public Integrity found that more than $1 billion in financial contributions, or about 35% of all donations to major parties, may have come from unknown sources over the past two decades.

What is more worrying is that Australians will have to go to the polls not knowing what donations the main parties have received since they filed their declarations.

I again thank the member for Clark for his leadership and commend this bill to the House.

Speech by Andrew Wilkie in Parliament.

Andrew Wilkies website: Andrew introduces political donation reform bill

The law project

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations Cleanup) Bill 2022