Briefing – Electoral Act Changes

Key Points

  • Proposed amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 will impose wide ranging and extremely onerous new

compliance requirements on charities undertaking public advocacy on policy issues

  • They will impact on philanthropy as well, with donors being disclosed and some having new reporting requirements
  • The amendments are highly complex, poorly drafted and were not the subject of public consultation
  • They will have a chilling effect on charities, making it harder for them to undertake public advocacy on policy issues
  • The Electoral Act changes should be withdrawn, and redrafted to focus on undue foreign influence on political parties

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