Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Town Hall Tuesday, with a difference

All our levels of government, Federal, State and local councils are similar and report donations after elections. 

We are soon to have local government elections and I just do not like not knowing before I vote about who has donated, never mind that more than one person with mates for the the same cause could donate in multiple amounts of $500 and it would not be reported. 

While City of Melbourne is not my local council, a former Melbourne Lord Mayor received huge donations from the very property developer that built where we live. Are you surprised that the company received approval for a forest of apartment towers at Southbank? I am not saying anything lest I be sued, but it is not a good look. 

This is a very messy business and be it trade unions, big business, small business or save the Dalai Lama Whale, donations are about influence in politics by people or organisations who can afford to, and to get favourable results once the person in elected. I can't afford to donate to influence and nor can you. It needs to stop. Now.

Crooks, liars, thieves and charlatans!

This from either the Victorian Electoral Commission which will conduct the local council elections, or City of Port Phillip. I can't remember now. 

Within 40 days of Election Day, all candidates must submit to Council’s Chief Executive Officer an Election Campaign Donation Return. This will provide details of any gifts, goods or services worth $500 or more received during the donation period for use in connection with their election campaign. This applies to all candidates, whether elected or not, and whether they received campaign donations or not.

16 comments:

  1. No arguments from me. Donations make the very best lobby group it seems. Which infuriates me.

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  2. For all the reasons you mentioned I think there should be no donations to political parties, they should be allocated a set amount each to fund their election campaign. I don't think it will ever happen.

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  3. No donations should ever be allowed to polies or their parties, they are not to good with money ever.
    Merle......

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  4. Is this something new Andrew,, I didn't think we did the donations to political parties thing.. never a good thing as shown clearly in US politics.

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  5. I concur with the comments from Cheryl. There should be no donations to certain political parties.
    Hopefully the voting will run honestly, well and smoothly.

    Have a nice week, Andrew.

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  6. I would only donate a large sum if I was promised a Knighthood, or seat in The House of Lords. For commercial reasons they get nowt.

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  7. Way to much money is spent on election. I try to get the small print of anything hook to politics. And see who is owning who.

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  8. Years ago, I thought people were elected on merit. Then I found out $$$ are involved, with the "you scratch my back I'll scratch yours" system. I gave up trying to understand politics then.

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  9. To me no one should pay money to any elections to get voted in, but unfortunately it happens.
    How do we stop it - don't know the answer but it's all infuriating.

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  10. I am assuming that because only Federal and State elections are compulsory, local council elections are less important. After all, what do local councils do, apart from gutters, roads and local parks?

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    1. Hels, council elections are compulsory too. I don't approve of everything City of Port Phillip does, especially neglecting this little forgotten corner, but it is involved in arts, culture, housing low income via the Port Phillip Housing Trust. The St Kilda Library is terrific. It has just released a project on the late Mirka Mora.

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  11. It's very peculiar that financial reporting takes place AFTER the election. That does seem rather pointless, as knowing who donated can (and should) influence voter choices! In the states, financial reports are required periodically during the election cycle.

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  12. The process is rip for corruption and skullduggery. I witnessed it first hand working for a developer way back in the 70s. Toronto was destroyed (and still is) by condos and office blocks. All manner of ways of getting hefty amounts (often disguised as something else) into the political pockets.

    Enraging.

    XO
    WWW

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  13. Well, that's just politics.

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  14. Glory be! It is such all over the world! You would not believe how big bucks back our candidates and try ever so hard to buy our elections. That's it from me.

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  15. Money equals special treatment and influence over the person gifted. I even feel that, with some donations received to help cats, that are later called in when someone wants me to do something specifically for them I don't normally do and they feel they are owed it because they once donated to HCC. So there is some sort of understanding it seems like, even with gifts, on the part of the donar and receiver, that its not really a donation, but an investment.

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