Political finance regulation and reform in New South Wales: towards a fairer system?

Zim Nwokora, Malcolm Anderson, Joo Cheong Tham, Anika Gauja, Stephen Mills, Narelle Miragliotta

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In recent years the regulation of political finance in Australia has moved from systems of laissez-faire to systems of enhanced regulation, which aim to curb the scale and influence of donations. This article examines political finance regulation in New South Wales — the jurisdiction that has seen the most significant transformation of its regulatory setup — to assess whether and how the new regulations have affected donations to political parties in the state. We find, based on analysis of the pattern of donations before and after the reforms, that the regulations have made the financing system fairer and thus improved the quality of democracy in the state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-134
Number of pages20
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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