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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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2. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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5. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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6. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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7. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes, above certain threshold
  • CommentBan on anonymous donations exceeding specific sum indexed by inflation.
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8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes, above certain threshold
  • CommentBan on anonymous donations above sum indexed by inflation.
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9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentCivil servants may not engage in party activities in the course of their employment.
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14. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period?
  • CodeNo
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15. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
  • CodeNo
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17. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
  • CodeNo
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19. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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20. Is there a limit on the amount a candidate can contribute to their own election campaign?
21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?

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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
  • CodeYes, in relation to campaigns
  • CommentWhile technically the funding relates to candidates, funds for partisan candidates is paid out to their parties.
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29. What are the eligibility criteria for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeShare of votes in previous election
  • CommentParties that have candidates receiving above 4% of formal first preference votes receive funding (though the eligibility criterion is formally for candidates, their parties receive the funds).
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30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeFlat rate by votes received
  • CommentMultiple of votes received
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31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeNo
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32. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNo
  • CommentBroadcasters must give all parties reasonable opportunity to broadcast, but must not offer free or subsidized access.
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33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNot applicable
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34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeNo
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35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentIndividuals can claim deductions for donations to political parties and independent candidates and members up to a $1,500 cap respectively i.e. a total tax deduction of $ 3,000.Tax deductions for gifts and contributions by businesses was removed in 2010.
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36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeNo
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37. Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties?
  • CodeNo
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38. Is there a ban on vote buying?
  • CodeYes
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39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeNo
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40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend?
  • CodeNo
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42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
45. Are there limits on online media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
46. Do any other restrictions on online media advertisement (beyond limits) exist?

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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentAnnually
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48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo
  • CommentFinancial transactions in relation to election campaigns are to be included in annual financial reports by political parties
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49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentCandidates report itemised contributions (above the disclosure threshold) and expenditures (aggregated in 5 categories), only during the disclosure period for the election.
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50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
  • CodeYes
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52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeSometimes
  • CommentReporting threshold is $11,900 [I$ 9,185] in 2011/2012.
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53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeEMB
  • CommentThe Australian Electoral Commission
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56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
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    The Electoral Commission (investigation is required for donations over a certain amount)

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57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Prison
  • CommentFines can be used for a series of violations. Providing false information during an investigation can lead to imprisonment.
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