Submission: Money and Power in Victorian Elections

Independent review of Victoria’s electoral and political donations system
by Bill Browne and Claire Connelly

In 2018, the Victorian Parliament made major changes to electoral law in the state, including introducing real-time disclosure of donation, banning foreign donations and limiting anonymous donations.

Two of the changes with the most serious ramifications are the imposition of a donation cap (around $4,000 each four-year electoral cycle) and a dramatic increase in public funding.

This submission focuses on the effects of the 2018 changes on political influence and power.