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Government must rethink transparency bill

Government must rethink transparency bill

Even without the clauses in this bill which could force the everyday activities of all charities, trade unions and civic society organisations to count as election campaigning, it seeks to redefine expenditure for third party campaigning in a way that political parties themselves in the past have said would make it impossible to abide by if the same rules applied to them. The lobbying section of the bill fundamentally misunderstands the nature of lobbying and would simply encourage more lobbying to be conducted under ground.

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