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The report of the inquiry into political donations by Justice Mansfield has been tabled in the Legislative Assembly – fulfilling a major election commitment of the Territory Labor Government.

The report found that Foundation 51 breached the Electoral Act by failing to report large donations to the CLP.

Justice Mansfield recommends a number of reforms including:

The Territory Labor Government accepts in principle these five main recommendations and will now undertake detailed consideration of the recommendations of the report.

A consultation paper will soon be released to listen to community views on the thresholds for donation and spending caps, and the level of public funding.

Further consideration of the value of caps and levels of public funding will be undertaken once the feedback is received.

Quotes attributable to the Chief Minister:

“We promised to restore trust in government and the release of Justice Mansfield’s inquiry delivers on an important election commitment.

“Territorians are entitled to have confidence that the public interest – not donations – drive public policy in the Northern Territory.

“The actions of Foundation 51 during the previous CLP Government has severely eroded this confidence.

“It’s clear that major reforms to rebuild this confidence are needed.

“We will impose a cap on the value of donations, a cap on campaign spending, and introduce public funding.

“Territorians will have the chance to have a say on the value of these caps and public funding before a final decision is made.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192

Political Donations Inquiry Final Report