Democracy for Sale

Alison and the Greens believe all citizens have the right to participate in and to equally access the processes of Government. Currently, our political system is stacked in the favour of big corporate donors who buy access and outcomes through donations to political parties and forceful lobbying.

Corporations have vested interests and donate to political parties for a reason. They are seeking favourable policy decisions. Similarly, ‘cash for access’ party fundraising events, such as the Leaders Forum in Western Australia, give big business a level of access to Ministers that ordinary citizens cannot afford.

These practices taint our democracy. A lack of transparency undermines public confidence in Government and creates the potential for unethical or corrupt conduct. Australians everywhere deserve better.