Polling: Majority of Tasmanians Want ‘Good Government’ Reforms

first_imgPolling: Majority of Tasmanians Want ‘Good Government’ Reforms Australia InstituteNew research from the Australia Institute Tasmania finds most Tasmanians (87%) want Truth in Political Advertising laws, and a ban on political donations by the gambling industry (73.3%). Four in five (80.1%) Tasmanians agree the Tasmanian Integrity Commission should undergo structural change so its design is improved and its existing powers, including holding full inquiries with public hearings, are utilised.Key Findings:Almost nine in ten (87%) Tasmanians agreed that Tasmania pass ‘truth in political advertising’ laws so that it is illegal for political parties and candidates to publish ads that are inaccurate and misleading, with only 5.1% disagreeingVast majority (73.3%) of Tasmanians support a ban on political donations by the gambling industry, with only 21.7% disagreeing.Four in five (80.1%) Tasmanians agree the Tasmanian Integrity Commission should undergo structural change so its design is improved and its existing powers, including holding full inquiries with public hearings, are utilised, with only 8.7% disagreeing.“Our research shows there is widespread community concern about the poor performance of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission and a clear message to improve its functioning so its existing powers, including holding full inquiries with public hearings, are utilised,” said Eloise Carr, director of the Australia Institute Tasmania.“There is clear appetite from Tasmanians for the Government to create ‘truth in political advertising’ laws so that it is illegal for political parties and candidates to publish ads that are inaccurate and misleading.“There has been increasing pressure for transparency on political donations since the 2018 election. The Government failed to meet its promise to introduce a donation disclosure regime before the next election. Tasmanians want to know who is funding their politicians when they go to the ballot box this Saturday and they don’t want it to be industries with vested interests.“The community is crying out for better governance, all we need now is the political will to make it happen,” Ms Carr said.The Australia Institute Tasmania research recommends a co-ordinated approach to reform across four key areas:Strengthening the Tasmanian Integrity CommissionIntroducing Truth in Political Advertising laws such as those in South Australia and the Australian Capital TerritoryAdopting an Election Donations regime with a low disclosure threshold for disclosure in real timeImproving our Right to Information system /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australia Institute, Australian, Commission, community, director, Disclosure, donation, election, gambling, Government, industry, research, South Australia, Tasmania, Tassielast_img read more