1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties? - Australia

Country: 
Australia
Question: 
1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
Answer: 
Yes
Comments: 

"In late 2018 the Parliament passed legislation to ban political donations of $1,000 or more from foreign sources."

Source: https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BriefingBook46p/PoliticalFinance

The Electoral Legislation Amendment  (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018 intoduced a number of amendments to restrict donations to poltical parties, candidates, associated entities and third parties and increase transparency of donations.  

Source: Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act, 2018.  

 

Source: 

"In late 2018 the Parliament passed legislation to ban political donations of $1,000 or more from foreign sources."

Source: https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BriefingBook46p/PoliticalFinance

Restrictions on gifts from foreign donors came into effect from January 1st 2019 as a result of the passage of the Electoral Legislation Amendment  (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018. 

. "Gifts of over $1,000 to political entities (broadly, registered political parties, candidates and Senate groups) or political campaigners must not be made by foreign donors. A foreign donor is a person who does not have a connection to Australia, such as a person who is not an Australian citizen or an entity that does not have a significant business presence in Australia" .

"A foreign donor must not make gifts to a political party or political campaigner for $100 or more if the purpose is for the gift to be used for electoral expenditure or for creating or communicating electoral matter".

Sources:  Section 302 Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Compilation 63).

Australian Electoral Commission, Foreign Donations   https://www.aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/financial_disclosure/Overview.htm