Resounding support for lower political donations disclosure

LABOR has taken another step towards throwing out the LNP's controversial decision to increase the donation declaration threshold by $11,000.

As one of its first moves in government Labor plans to return the amount to $1000 and develop a real-time online system of electoral donation disclosure.

Donations and another contentious issue, voter identification on polling days, were discussed during a parliamentary committee hearing on Thursday.

The proposed changes attracted more than 100 written submissions, with many people and groups supporting the decision to lower the declaration figure.

But people were much more lukewarm about returning to the days of no IDs, with there being a general blend of those for and against the plan.

In written submissions, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland backed calls to remove voter proof of ID at polling booths for the sake of indigenous people and "disadvantaged groups".

The ADCQ said some indigenous, mentally ill, intellectually disabled and young people might not be able to produce ID on polling days.

ATSIL warned some indigenous people might feel "shamed" for having no ID.

The ADCQ argued there was very little evidence showing a lack of integrity in the voting system to warrant the need for voter IDs.

Electoral Commission Queensland's Dermot Tiernan told the committee hearing the ECQ had only received anecdotal evidence of people being refused a vote for not having ID.

Rather, the acting commissioner said they knew of some people who had been asked to return to their cars to get their ID and, in one case, to return home.

Mr Tiernan put the mistakes down to poor training.

The committee will report to parliament by May 1.



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