Over the past few years various Australian governments have grappled with enacting and administering laws designed to regulate political donations and election campaign finance. This seminar brings together speakers who will examine campaign finance regulation from two distinct perspectives.
Benjamin Smith will examine the constitutional questions which arose in the High Court’s decision in in Unions NSW v New South Wales  HCA 1 (29 January 2019) focusing particularly on what guidance the decision gives to Australian governments who are seeking to amend campaign finance regulation laws.
Phil Green will draw on his practical experience administering the campaign finance regulation scheme that operates in the Australian Capital Territory under the amendments made by the Electoral Act 1992 (ACT). Together they will seek to identify some of the reasons this area of electoral regulation can be so ‘troublesome’.