Hidden Money: Shining light on political finance for the next federal election
The gaps in Commonwealth disclosure of political donations mean that the source of millions of dollars of party finance is hidden from public view. Transparency is key to unpicking the complex webs of undue influence and creating a fair and equal democracy. The Centre for Public Integrity presented on their research into hidden money in politics and what reforms are needed to fix it.
Han Aulby is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Public Integrity. They have led research and policy reform projects on political donations, integrity commissions, executive power, and accountability institutions. Since 2016 they have engaged former judges and legal experts in the push for a National Integrity Commission, gaining national media coverage and bipartisan political support.
Dr Catherine Williams is Research Director of the Centre for Public Integrity. Her contribution to policy research in the area of political finance focuses on the reforms necessary to both promote transparency and democratise elections.