Research Australia challenges Electoral Reform Bill

Research Australia has made a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017, arguing that the regulatory burden the Bill will impose on research organisations that engage in public comment on Government decisions, programs and legislation is unwarranted.

In particular, Research Australia has focused on the definition of ‘political expenditure’ in the Bill, which could include activities such as responding to Government reviews and inquiries, and the fact that the Bill will capture research grants from overseas funding bodies as ‘gifts’ that need to be monitored in relation to political expenditure.

The Inquiry has received many submissions from charities and other organisations about the  Bill; the Committee’s report is due to be delivered to the Parliament on 2 March and it is hoped that it will recommend significant amendments to the Bill.

Research Australia’s submission on the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Bill

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