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Queensland’s local government elections are undergoing a significant change with the introduction of expenditure caps on campaign spending and donations for candidates. These caps, varying based on the number of voters in each area, aim to create a level playing field following the recommendations of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s Operation Belcarra.

Candidates must ensure compliance with these new rules to avoid violations. The Electoral Commission Queensland has established a team to monitor adherence since July 2020. It is crucial for candidates to understand and follow the regulations, especially the unique limits in Brisbane due to its size.

By adhering to expenditure caps and embracing transparency in campaign finances, candidates can contribute to a more equitable electoral process. This shift aims to prevent undue influence of financial resources, promoting fairness and democratic representation in local government elections in Queensland.


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Article Title: First-time expenditure campaign caps to ‘level playing field’ for Queensland council candidates
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