Limit Political Donations in SA - Support Youth Parliamentarians!

Limit Political Donations in SA - Support Youth Parliamentarians!

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Lazaras Panayiotou started this petition to Hon. Steven Marshall MP (South Australia's 46th Premier) and

As part of YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament, the Democracy and Government Committee, composed of young people aged 15 to 25 years old, is introducing a Bill seeking to improve legislation surrounding political donations.

Our Bill, titled Regulation of Political Donations (Accountability and Transparency) Bill 2020 (SA), has been authored with the intention of improving trust in our democracy. 

This decision was informed by findings from a national survey (n=1021) conducted by Ipsos in late July 2018 showing that satisfaction in democracy has more than halved in 10 years, starting at 86% voter satisfaction in 2007, down to just 41%. 

This 2018 data has a 95% confidence interval of ±3.07, spelling out the certainty of a deeply unsettling drop in satisfaction with our current political system. The survey posited that a lack of political trust is driving this political dissatisfaction, affirmed by respondents calling for limitations on political donations among their top suggestions for reforming our democracy. 

In response, our Committee will strive to see South Australia pass nation-leading limits and tracing obligations for donations made to political parties. Remaining mindful of party memberships, this Bill seeks to introduce maximum annual contributions for businesses and individuals at $10,000 and $7,000 respectively, improve the timely disclosure of donations, curtail anonymity to a maximum of $100 annually excluding memberships paid up to a maximum of five years in advance, and improve our legal understanding of gifted items regarded as political donations. Failure to disclose political donations would also carry a harsher financial penalty for the offending party.

Given this unique opportunity to deliver real change for the state, we now seek your support in raising the profile of this issue. If successful in passing both Houses of the 2020 SA Youth Parliament, this Bill will be presented to the Marshall Government for their consideration. Your support will empower our Committee to maintain this campaign as youth leaders across our communities.

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Thank you to YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament and our partners including sponsors for making this possible.

Art designed by Sushant Pradhan, publicly available on Pixabay.

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