From discussions here and at the symposium, even I think there's a strong case for raising the candidate limit and introducing some fairness into the broadcasting regime (which currently seems designed to hobble smaller parties). And hopefully we'll see some action from Parliament in those areas.
- Banning anonymous and trust donations (over the disclosable level)
- Higher penalties for breaches of the Electoral Act
- Having parties as well as individuals liable under the law
- Increasing the cap for electorate candidates
- Having the broadcasting limit incorporated into the overall spending limit
- Simplifying the number of agencies involved with elections and complaints
- Better transparency on third party campaigns
There are also areas of disagreement as well, but I disagree with DPF about some of them. From my reading, there seem to be strong Parliamentary majorities (meaning everyone bar National and ACT) for significantly lower donation limits, extending the spending cap, and limits to prevent circumvention by third parties. There's some quibbling over the details - should third parties be allowed $60,000 or $150,000? - but the basic agreement is there and I have no doubt that something will be able to be worked out. The only stuff there seems to be real disagreement on (as in disagreement over ends rather than means) is public funding and consultation.