Common Ground: political donations

A big crowd joined guest speakers Lee Rhiannon (Senator, NSW Greens) and Janet Albrechtsen (The Australian) for CPD’s second Common Ground on Wednesday, 13 August 2008.

Representatives from The Property Council of Australia and Premier Iemma’s office joined journalists from the Sydney Morning Herald, activists from Greenpeace and GetUp and a big contingent from NSW Greens in our audience at Circular Quay’s stunning Customs House.

"Great venue – beautiful and convenient"

Under the direction of CPD Director Miriam Lyons, Albrechtsen and Rhiannon started a cracking discussion about political donations and campaign funding, looking at the current situation and proposed reforms on a state and federal level.

“A good idea and the concept works well”.

Although coming from opposite ends of the political spectrum, our speakers agreed that immediate reform was absolutely necessary, both leaning in favor of a complete ban on donations.

The evening concluded with a lively question and answer session with the audience asking the hard questions about transparency and the impact of corruption on Australia’s democracy.

Listen to a podcast of the night Part 1 Part 2

Watch a broadcast of Common Ground on ABC Fora TV

Many thanks go to the event series’ sponsors, Slater and Gordon Lawyers. Keep an eye out for the next Common Ground, scheduled for November!

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