Tasmania has the weakest political donation laws in the country. We don’t have State-specific disclosure laws nor do we ban donations from vested interests. Tasmanian voters go to the ballot box in the dark about which corporations and vested interests have donated to political parties.
Donations from vested interests like the former Gunns Ltd and the Federal Group have had a corrupting influence on democracy and good governance in Tasmania. To ensure our democracy can no longer be corrupted, Tasmania must adopt stricter political donation laws.
We are also still suffering from the reduction in House of Assembly seats from 35 to 25. This reduction has led to reduced representation, poorer policy outcomes, a smaller talent pool to select Ministers from, and a small and ineffective backbench.
Tasmania must restore the number of seats in the House of Assembly.