The Democratic Audit’s Electoral Reform Agenda



The Democratic Audit’s Electoral Reform Agenda
The Democratic Audit of Australia (formerly Australian National University)


The authors propose a number reforms to modernise Australia's electoral process and make it more transparent, particularly in relation to political donations.

Their recommendations include:

  • Introducing caps on political donations to limit the size of donations
  • Prohibiting donations from particular classes of donor that might benefit directly from government decisions
  • Establishing fixed dates for general elections and move to four year terms
  • Requiring registered parties to make their constitution publicly available; and
  • Restricting use of parliamentary resources during election campaigns


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Norm Kelly

Australian National University

Marian Sawer

Australian National University

Peter Brent

Australian National University

Published Date
February 1, 2008