Public funding of political parties

Jun 11, 2013

Q. Currently political parties and candidates receive public funding for election campaigning based on their votes at elections. They can also receive funding in the form of donations from individuals, organisations (including unions) and businesses. There is no limit on donations but amounts of more than $12,000 must be publically disclosed.

Do you think political parties and candidates should receive some public funding or should they be totally funded by donations?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should receive some public funding

29%

33%

27%

51%

Should be totally funded by donations

47%

41%

53%

35%

Don’t know

23%

26%

20%

14%

29% agree that political parties and candidates should receive some public funding and 47% think they should be totally funded by donations.

Those most likely to support some public funding were Greens voters (51%), men (35%), aged 18-34 (34%) and people on incomes over $1,600pw (37%).

Public disclosure of donations

Jun 11, 2013

Q. At what level should donations to political parties and candidates be publically disclosed?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Donations over $1,000 should be disclosed

36%

37%

30%

51%

Donations over $5,000 should be disclosed

26%

24%

30%

28%

Donations over $12,000 should be disclosed

17%

18%

19%

11%

Donations should not have to be disclosed at all

5%

6%

6%

1%

Don’t know

16%

15%

15%

9%

Only 5% think that political donations should not have to be disclosed – 79% think they should be disclosed at some level. 36% favour disclosure of donations over $1,000 and a further 26% think they should be disclosed over $5,000.