High Court rules NSW donations laws invalid

From The Sydney Morning Herald December 18, 2013: The High Court has overturned laws that banned corporations and associations  from making political donations in state and local government elections.

In a stunning, unanimous judgment, the court ruled that key parts of the laws  are invalid, upholding a challenge by Unions NSW.

The ruling means the relevant sections of the laws, introduced by the  O’Farrell government in February last year, must now be repealed.

It is a huge win for the union movement and state Labor, who claimed the laws  were a targeted attack.