28 February 2018
MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Conservatives adopt Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA) government transparency portal
The ATA today commends the Australian Conservatives (SA) for adopting an online transparency portal for public spending, a policy the ATA has long fought for, as one of its main platforms in the upcoming South Australian state election. The public website will list all government spending over $250 with a receipt within 30 days of purchase and will promote accountability by ensuring careful expenditure of taxpayers’ funds.
“Australian taxpayers bear one of the highest tax burdens in the developed world and deserve to know how their money is hard-earned money is being spent", said ATA Policy Director, Satyajeet Marar. "The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance has been campaigning for this important initiative since 2012 and we are delighted that the Australian Conservatives have adopted it to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness for South Australians. We firmly believe that South Australia will set an example for the rest of the nation to follow.
"Creating a centralised, accessible, easily-searchable transparency portal is a tried and tested best practice measure to empower taxpayers. Dozens of international jurisdictions have embraced these portals time and time again, and they have been proven to save money, cut waste, eliminate corruption and improve governance.
“Politicians across all states and territories and at all levels of government should support this vital initiative: This is not a question of right or left - it is a question of right and wrong: The only people who don’t fear transparency and accountability are those who have something to hide.
“We call upon all sides of politics to embrace good government and congratulate the Australian Conservatives on adopting a measure that will root out corruption, rorts and waste.”