Feb 2, 2011

Miners big on donations, but not on disclosure

Several companies and individuals have been identified in Liberal and Labor documents as making donations, but were not recorded on the AEC website as having made any returns, as they’re required to do.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

You’ve seen how much money the big mining companies spent bankrolling the campaign against the Rudd government’s mining tax. But several of them failed to report their donations, in effect ignoring their legal obligations under the Electoral Act.

Under s.305B of the Electoral Act, anyone making a gift totaling more than $10,000 to a political party during a year must provide a return to the Electoral Commission within 20 weeks of the end of the financial year — the middle of November.

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9 thoughts on “Miners big on donations, but not on disclosure

  1. drmick

    Regardless of whether they play ball or not with honesty regarding donations to the AEC, they have demonstrated that they can buy a political party, change the course of a political career, and dictate the result of an election.

    The legislation was enacted to stop this. Now we have proof that we are no different to any tin pot crappy third world asset rich, ethics poor country in the world.
    And we are cheap according to today’s Fairfax press.

    Like everything else now, we have been sold to the highest bidder, and our participation in the contract is commensurate with our ability to pay.

    We are as sick as the insurance we can afford, we are as guilty as the legal representation we can afford, and we get apparently get the best politics money can buy,

  2. michael crook

    Can only agree, DrMick, why call them politcal donations when they are bribes. Government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations, is not pretty, and NOT democracy.

  3. klewso

    These “donations” – more important is “the dividend”?
    What was the guts of that little “misunderstanding” involving “Clive of Gedidinya” and that bright shiny “new” WA government he “helped pay for” ….. sorry, helped “bank-role”?

  4. MLF

    Well, I know that none of the nightly news channels covered this – someone please tell me it was reported in a paper of record?

  5. klewso

    “In a cavern, down in Canberra,
    “Excavating” for a mine
    Dealt a minor “forty niner”,
    With his darling Clandestine…….”
    (Sorry “Percy Montross”)

  6. AR

    Party donations are suss enough, esp when disclosure is late, inaccurate or obfuscatory but the news of the $17M+ spent by miners to defeat the proposed tax shows how cheaply governments can made, changed or destabilsed.
    A definition of an honest politician – one who stays bought – is depressing but about the sheer gutlessness of those that quiver, quake and kow-tow at the first hint of bad press?

  7. Gratton Wilson

    “….we get apparently get the best politics money can buy.” No we have been sold to the highest bidder and the media and politicians get commisions on the deal. It’s all about greed and the ability to walk away with pockets clinking when the asset is wrung dry.

  8. MLF

    Political donations are no longer tax deductible – but I assume the millions spent on anti-gov advertising came out of pre-tax dollars?

  9. LisaCrago

    SA ALP the “Rannbo” team have taken massive donations from mining co’s and still state with a strait face that this has nothing to do with allowing exploration in places such as….ummm….the Flinders Rangers for example! try’n to hide these things under the banner of something called ‘SA Progressive Buisness’ or same sort of rubbish title….crooked as a dog’s hind leg and even more obvious. No party is untouched, The Greens have just taken the largest political donation in the entire history of political donations….yeah yeah seems ‘Their’ damocracy is for sale after all. Public funding ONLY is the ONLY ethical way.

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