The following looks at the ten biggest donors to the national divisions of the four major parties in 2005-06. It excludes umbrella groups like John Curtin House, the Free Enterprise Foundation and the Cormack Foundation, which are used to funnel many millions into the major parties from undisclosed sources.

Liberal Party

Pratt Holdings Pty Ltd – $200,000.00

Westfield Holdings Ltd – $160,000.00

ANZ Banking Group limited – $100,000.00

Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd – $100,000.00

Kingold Group Companies Ltd – $100,000.00

Walker Corporation Limited – $100,000.00

Westpac Banking Corporation – $65,000.00

Paul Ramsay Holdings Pty Ltd – $53,000.00

Goldman Sach’s JBWere – $50,000.00

Gunns Limited Donation – $50,000.00

(Leighton Holdings, Resmed, and True James Erskine also donated $50,000)

Total Receipts (includes other receipts)* : $4,212,557.00


Labor Party:

CFMEU Mining & Energy Division – $100,000.00

Westfield Capital Corporation Ltd – $100,000.00

ANZ Banking Group limited – $50,000.00

Leighton Holdings Ltd – $45,000.00

Westpac Banking Corporation – $40,000.00

Leighton Holdings Ltd – $45,000.00

Westpac Banking Corporation – $40,000.00

Adsteam Marine Ltd – $20,000.00

Profile Ray & Berndston – $15,000.00

Wesfarmers Limited – $10,000.00

Total Receipts (includes other receipts)* : $3,785,737.40


National Party:

Adsteam Marine – $20,000.00

Philip Morris Limited – $20,000.00

British American Tobacco Australia – $10,000.00

Wesfarmers Limited – $10,000.00

Adstream Marine Limited – $20,000.00

Manildra Flour Mills Pty Ltd – $20,000.00

British American Tobacco Australia Ltd – $10,000.00

Leighton Holdings Limited – $10,000.00

Wesfarmers Limited – $10,000.00

Westpac Banking Corporation – $10,000.00

Total receipts (includes other receipts)* : $900,177.00


Australian Democrats:

Under official AEC definitions, the Democrats received no donations this year.

Total receipts (includes other receipts)* : $144,642.00

* The AEC says that “other receipts” should not be considered donations regardless of their source. Donations are just that, whereas “other receipts” are genuine income – interest, rent, etc. Each political party is audited each year and the AEC told Crikey that it has never found a single donation that had been falsely recorded as an “other receipt”.

Peter Fray

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