The news that the Conservatives want to cut the political party payments is hardly a surprise. It would emasculate the parties other than the Conservatives.
It's also a direct attack on freedom of speech.
Well, the (I say foolish) deal is that campaign donations will be limited to a very modest amount but that won't limit politics because the Federal Government will make up the shortfall. So yes, the freedom to organise and speak your mind through politics is limited but the limit is reasonable.
My view is that anyone should be able to contribute whatever they choose. Forget federal funding.
But if donations are limited and federal funding is cut off, then the freedom to organise and speak through politics is cut off too. And only the Conservatives benefit.
The savings are trifling -- and clearly politically based. End the subsidies, ok, but then lift the donation caps personal and corporate.
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