The High Court has upheld a union challenge to the New South Wales Government’s electoral donation laws.

The laws were passed in February last year, banning unions and corporations from making donations to political parties for election campaigns.

Unions NSW launched a challenge to the laws, arguing that donations are a form of political freedom and that a ban is unconstitutional.

The union challenge was supported by five unions, while the NSW Government was backed by all coalition state governments and the Commonwealth.

In a unanimous decision, the High Court has found that the laws are invalid because they burden the implied freedom of communication on governmental and political matters, contrary to the Commonwealth constitution.

Source: ABC News

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