PSA supports EFA repeal

Despite supporting the Electoral Finance Act at the time, the PSA has now come out and said it supports its repeal. Better late than never.

But of course, there is a sting. They want taxpayers to fund political party campaigns, rather than members and supporters.

It is silly to keep pushing for taxpayer funding of political parties, because all the parties have such a huge conflict of interest on this topic. Putting aside the argument for and against, it would be improper for parties to vote themselves money without the voters approving it. So if you want state funding of political parties, then either get the public to vote for it in a referendum, or have political parties make an explicit manifesto promise that they will introduce it, so if those parties win they have a mandate to do so.

What should not happen is political parties voting themselves money with no mandate from the public.

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