Common Ground: Political Donations


Everyone loves a good slanging match. But many of the traditional faultlines in Australian politics fade into insignificance when we take a long term view.

Common Ground is a public lecture series with a difference. In partnership with Slater and Gordon lawyers, Common Ground brings together people from different worlds, opposing parties, or conflicting interest groups and invites them to talk about what they have in common

For our second Common Ground we invite sharp-penned pundit Janet Albrechtsen and Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon to Sydney’s Customs House to tackle the thorny issue of political donations.

With state and federal governments now taking up the call for campaign finance reform, it’s time to delve into the detail: Should political donations be banned or curbed, or will more transparency do the trick? Will attempts to turn off the tap drive the flow of funding underground? If public funding doesn’t match the lost donations, how can political parties compete for voters’ attention on the cheap?

Register now for Common Ground on political donations: Barnet Long Room, Customs House Sydney, Wednesday 13 August. Join us for drinks and light refreshments at 5:30pm. The event will kick off at 6pm sharp.

To reserve your place at this event register online here.
Alternatively, call us on 02 9264 0263 or email

Crack conservative columnist Janet Albrechtsen never fails to provoke comment with her weekly Australian article. Lee Rhiannon, NSW Greens MLC and long-term environmental activist, is the woman behind Democracy4Sale, the Greens’ six-year investigation into political donations. Join these two speakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum on the ultimate common ground issue – upholding the integrity of Australian democracy.

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