Cancelled: Political donations and the polling booth

Due to illness of a speaker, this event will not go ahead on Monday 10 April, we are looking to reschedule this event asap. Please note that refunds will be issued by Wednesday 12 April.

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.

Join our speakers for this lively discussion: 

AnneTwomey ScottRyan

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Senator for Victoria

Scott was elected to the Australian Senate as a Liberal Senator for Victoria at the 2007 federal election, re-elected in 2013 and again in 2016. In January 2017 Senator Ryan was appointed to the newly established position of Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet, in conjunction with his ongoing role as Special Minister of State. The new appointment replaced his previous role as the Minister Assisting the Cabinet Secretary, a position held since the election of the Turnbull Coalition Government in July 2016.

Professor Anne Twomey, the University of Sydney

Anne has practised as a solicitor and is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT, and the High Court. Anne has worked for the High Court of Australia as a Senior Research Officer, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Research Service as a researcher in the Law and Government Group, the Commonwealth Senate as Secretary to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee, and The Cabinet Office of NSW as Policy Manager of the Legal Branch. She has acted as a consultant to various government bodies.

Andrew Norton, the Grattan Institute

Australian author and researcher. He is the Program Director of Higher Education at the Grattan Institute. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies, and Policy and Government Relations Adviser at the University of Melbourne. He has written widely on higher education, and in the late 1990s was higher education adviser to the then federal education minister, Dr. David Kemp.

Event Details:

When: Monday, 10 April 2017

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1 131 Macquarie Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Time: 5.45 pm for a 6.00 pm start. The event will conclude at 7.30 pm

Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non-Members

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