Australia counts among the wealthiest nations in the world. But with only 25 million citizens, Australia is a minnow compared to most of its neighbours.
And that leaves our democracy vulnerable to interference from foreign nations looking to influence government policies.
With that threat in mind, under a new transparency scheme designed to reduce political interference, those who act in the interest of foreign governments will now need to state their interests on a public register, according to AAP.
On Wednesday, parliament passed the legislation to launch the register. This means the register will be established before the federal election next year.
This scheme was created as part of a package, after intelligence chiefs warned that foreign countries are interfering in Australian democracy.
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