Has taxpayer funding of elections polarised voters? Funding of elections is meant to make politics and democracy more transparent.
At a time when there is growing awareness of the gap between the political class and ordinary voters, are political donations making the problem worse and undermining confidence in democracy?
As with politicians’ entitlements, campaign and party funding is a contentious issue that the political parties and public seem overwhelmingly averse to discussing rationally.
Senator Scott Ryan, Professor Anne Twomey and Andrew Norton (Carlton’s token classical liberal) will discuss the issue in an event at some later date to be announced.