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During parliamentary elections, parties and candidates often use the word ‘grant’ as a term for financial commitments or promises to achieve policy outcomes, if that party is elected. These commitments pose a risk to ethical conduct if not administered according to good practice.

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This is the second paper in the series. This paper considers ways to regulate ‘commitments’ made before Tasmanian parliamentary elections and ‘grants’ provided after elections.

A fundamental tenet of our democracy is that public money should be administered responsibly by elected officials. This requires probity in the use of public funds, including in the distribution of grant money – regardless of whether the grant was a campaign commitment.

This paper examines examples of previous election funding commitments made in Tasmania and recommends that rules and legislation be implemented to ensure future election commitments are formulated and administered according to good practice.

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This page was last updated on 10 May 2022.