New call for candidate cap

Murray Pioneer

SEVERAL political parties are calling on State Parliament to support an amendment making it cheaper and easier to run an election candidate in South Australia.

The Greens, Dignity Party and Animal Justice Party have joined forces to support the Greens’ amendment to the Electoral (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill to lower the costs associated with running for Parliament.

Greens Leader Mark Parnell MLC says the proposal would make the system fairer.

“The exorbitant fees have shut out many minor parties and independents for too long,” Mr Parnell said.

“South Australia has by far the highest fees to run a candidate in the country and they desperately need to be curbed for fairness’ sake.

“The Greens’ amendment proposes a reduction of $3000 to $1000 for the Legislative Council and $500 for the House of Assembly.”

Dignity Party MLC Kelly Vincent said the current rules were designed to reduce the strength of minor parties in South Australia.

“Because Labor and Liberal have financial resources through business and union donations, they try to eliminate the competition by making us pay huge, unrealistic candidate deposit fees,” she said.