Feb 1, 2012

Electoral funding figures show Labor’s donations collapse

Labor's donations advantage vanished at the 2010 election, new data from the Australian Electoral Commission shows.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Labor Party managed to narrowly out-raise and out-spend the Liberal Party in the 2010 election but the big funding advantage it had in the 2007 election almost entirely vanished, new figures from the Australian Electoral Commission show.

This morning, funding data for the 2010-11 financial year was released, finally allowing us to see who donated during the 2010 election, 18 months ago.

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8 thoughts on “Electoral funding figures show Labor’s donations collapse

  1. Patriot

    Spot on, Bern. More and more people are realising that you just can’t trust Labor with your money. I’d only add that Graeme Wood is under “intense scrutiny” himself regarding his dealings with the Greens in relation to the Triabunna woodchip mill. Great analysis.

  2. milton louis

    Will we now see our new media owners bankrolling federal parties with budgie policy who ‘promise’ to overturn mining tax and carbon policy?
    What would stop a generous miner dropping a lazy few million in donations and then offering free press to their pet party?
    Its ‘not against the law’ is it? and if it is perhaps the law is wrong and we can lobby that one too!

  3. Ravenred

    Seems reasonably commonsense. Pay big bucks to buy influence with a party that’s ABOUT to enter Government, but don’t tear out any cheques for a party that is likely to leave government. Love to see a cyclical analysis for major parties before expected poll wins/losses (Hewson’s donors might have done their dough a bit unnecessarily…)

  4. Andybob

    Perhaps we could persuade Stephen Colbert that his Super PAC should come down under ! I understand it is considering a change of name to John Colbert Cougar Super MellenPAC.

  5. Suzanne Blake

    Support collapses, confidence collapses, donations collapse. Make perfect science. Why back losers

  6. Lord Barry Bonkton

    Patriot ??? , you don’t believe anything in that opinion rag do ya ? Dr. Bob Brown has been attacking those Forest Thugs and thieves for decades . Just another beat up for the rusted on right wingers .

  7. Edward James

    @ PATRIOT Posted Thursday, 2 February 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink Dealing with politicians first hand for as long as I have. I write that voters are learning they can’t trust the Labor party with their vote! Even Labor Party members and supporters are beginning to understand Labor as a political party is rotting from the head, Prime Minister Gillard on down. Consider what Rodney Cavaliar had to say about the decline in membership in his book Power Crisis. Labor have so few party faithful they are now politically inbreeding across Federal, State and Local government. Nationally teh Labor Party have ignored the abuse of due process which is identified as the heiner report/shreddergate. And other elements of misgovernance which can be identifed as political sins against the peoples. Edward James

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