Australian political donations: how hard would it really be to clean up?

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As a growing chorus of political figures call for the banning of union, foreign and corporate donations, three Australian law professors consider whether the most effective way to regulate political donations is to impose a cap on funding

There is more than a little yellow peril in the latest political donations debate, which began with Labor senator Sam Dastyari’s acceptance of payments from companies, some of which had links to the Chinese government.

Distractions abound but here is the bottom line. Never mind race. Everyone donates for a reason. Often that reason is access or influence. If we all agree that undue influence over the political system is a bad thing, change needs to happen.

Related: Dastyari affair: goodbye, second-chance Sam. But we really need donation reform | Katharine Murphy

Related: Abbott joins call for ban on political donations from unions and corporations

The answer is not to ban corporate and union donors, but to limit donations from all sources to a reasonable level

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