Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?

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An important issue in many countries is to limit influence over national politics to forces within the country. Foreign interests such as governments, corporations, organisations and/or individuals may therefore be banned from making donations to political parties

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Australia and New Zealand

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 No
2 100.0%
 Yes
0
Total (valid data): 2

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Australia
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 No
If you find information that political parties are not allowed to receive donations from any of the following; foreign citizens, foreign companies, foreign governments or foreign organisations, code “YES”. Also code “YES” if it is stated that such entities are banned from giving support, contributions or donations to political parties.
Also code “YES” if legislation includes an exhaustive list of allowed sources of income for political parties, and this only includes national sources (such as “citizens” or “natural and judicial persons from XX-land”). By an “exhaustive list” is meant where it is stated something like “political parties are only allowed to receive income from the following sources”. If it says something like “allowed sources for political parties include...” it is not exhaustive.
If you find information about allowed or banned sources for political parties and there is no mention about foreign sources, code “NO”.
Note that a regulation of this issue for political parties may be found in a political party law. In some countries, this issue is regulated in the Constitution, normally in a section specifically on political parties.
Note that if you find information that foreign funding is banned from being used in election campaigns, but it is not explicitly stated or clear from the context that it relates specifically to political parties or candidates, code “NO” for both this and the following question.
If you cannot find information, code “ND”.
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Type
 Written
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P 1, " Non-Australian individuals, businesses and even governments may donate to political parties, “purchasing access and influence far greater than that of ordinary (Australian) citizens”, writes Marian Sawer. Sawer also points out that other democratic countries ban corporate donations, those from foreign interests, or require shareholder approval for company donations while Australia does not." (The Australian Collaboration (2011) Democracy in Australia – Electoral donations and campaign finance)
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New Zealand
Code
 No
If you find information that political parties are not allowed to receive donations from any of the following; foreign citizens, foreign companies, foreign governments or foreign organisations, code “YES”. Also code “YES” if it is stated that such entities are banned from giving support, contributions or donations to political parties.
Also code “YES” if legislation includes an exhaustive list of allowed sources of income for political parties, and this only includes national sources (such as “citizens” or “natural and judicial persons from XX-land”). By an “exhaustive list” is meant where it is stated something like “political parties are only allowed to receive income from the following sources”. If it says something like “allowed sources for political parties include...” it is not exhaustive.
If you find information about allowed or banned sources for political parties and there is no mention about foreign sources, code “NO”.
Note that a regulation of this issue for political parties may be found in a political party law. In some countries, this issue is regulated in the Constitution, normally in a section specifically on political parties.
Note that if you find information that foreign funding is banned from being used in election campaigns, but it is not explicitly stated or clear from the context that it relates specifically to political parties or candidates, code “NO” for both this and the following question.
If you cannot find information, code “ND”.
Comment
Ban applies to "overseas donations" exceeding $1,500 [I$ 1,000].
Type
 Law
Quote
Art 207k (as amended), "Overseas donation or contribution may not exceed $1,500 (1) For the purposes of this section, overseas person means— (a) an individual who— (i) resides outside New Zealand; and (ii) is not a New Zealand citizen or registered as an elector; or (b) a body corporate incorporated outside New Zealand; or (c) an unincorporated body that has its head office or principal place of business outside New Zealand." (Electoral Act, No. 87, 1993)
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