Lawyer and deputy Victorian state director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance Vladimir Vinokurov has a thoughtful piece on a recent decision of the High Court on political donations. This is Vinokurov’s most important point:
If special interest groups are banned from making political donations, the public is denied the right to hear their arguments, at least to a degree. To that extent the public is left less informed than they would otherwise be. If the point of our electoral laws is to ensure that the public make an “informed choice” during the election campaign as the Court claims, then it is illogical to censor the information they receive.
Moreover, those who lack the capacity to argue their case have every right to donate to political candidates that do.
Read the piece on Menzies House here.