One can only sigh in disbelief at the short-sightedness of the Australian electorate, of our politicians and the sensation and scandal-hungry media.
The eminently sensible proposal to increase the public funding component of political parties looks like being defeated, despite the fact that there are howls of outrage from the electorate, from opposition politicians and the media whenever there is a scandal unearthed of incumbent politicians doing favours for their donors.
In a smarter country, all election campaigns would be funded from the public purse, and all political party donations would be outlawed, from corporations, industry lobby groups, unions, developers and individuals.
That way, politicians might consider the public good rather than the needs or desires of their financial supporters, and end up giving us far better government. Wake up Australia!
George Lewin, Montecollum