The deal between Labor and the Liberal-Nationals to add another $2 million to their election campaign funds — at the people's expense — before the September election was an extension of a “deeply undemocratic major party scam to further entrench their parliamentary domination”, said Peter Boyle, Socialist Alliance candidate for Sydney.
“This comes on top of the $45 million in electoral funding these three parties received, between them, for the 2010 election,” said Boyle.
"And it follows the doubling of candidate deposits for the House of Representatives and the Senate — a move that makes it harder for smaller and newer parties as well as for independents," said Boyle, a national co-convener of the Socialist Alliance.
“Electoral funding has been used by the big parties mainly to pay for deceptive and manipulative TV advertising campaigns, which systematically misinformed the public.
“The current electoral system should be scrapped and replaced by a new system under which the Australian Electoral Commission is given the duty to distribute and publicise the policies and profiles of all candidates.”
The major parties are already entrenched by the single-member electorates for the House of Representatives, Boyle said, and this was why the Socialist Alliance supported proportional representation for both houses of Parliament.