System breeds puppets of purse
WHAT price is democracy and open government?
THE claims and counter claims we all have had to endure over political donations does nothing for the standing of our political process or our politicians.
Most of the punters resent being taken as fools when they hear the "no strings attached" spin when the corporates bankroll individuals or parties and if Australia does not want to end up like America we need to change our system of financing elections.
Firstly, all donations should be declared live from the start of the election announcement not three months after a result.
Secondly, a mandatory ceiling should be set across the board on funding so all participants have an equal base but how they spend it is their responsibility.
This is a smart way to see if the players can manage their own budget, before managing public money.
Saturation overload in today's world of TV/radio propaganda only fills the advertisers' pockets but fails the pub test every election cycle.
In short, if uncontrolled bankrolling of all elections is allowed to continue, we will not get the best people, we will get the puppets of the purse.