Regulation of Political Donations is Doomed to Failure

Last week, when Senator Sam Dastyari admitted error in accepting payment for his travel expenses from a Chinese company with links to the Chinese government, discussion centred on the appropriateness of our politicians accepting payment from foreigners. Which foreign countries might one accept bribes from? Certainly not China nor Russia nor Zimbabwe. But maybe it was a lesser problem if it came from Sweden or France or Britain! No-one seemed concerned that accepting the payment was wrong per se. The payment had been declared back in October 2015. Does no-one review this register for appropriateness? Was there no-one in the ALP concerned? Was there no mentor, no John Faulkner, to advise young

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Peter Francis Fenwick       Writer      Melbourne     Australia