Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Electoral (Amendment)(Political Funding) Bill 2011: Committee Stage (Resumed)
Fiach MacConghail (Independent)
There were three in the period 1981-1982. There appears to be a reluctance in the Bill to go from 30% to 40% as quickly as possible. Therefore, I regretfully disagree with Senator Bacik. We could be waiting quite a long time to jump from 30% to 40%, as the 40% would be introduced seven years after the next general election. I am open to correction on this and will be happy to be corrected. It is for that reason that I support going to 40% immediately rather than waiting for what could be 13 or 14 years.