The annual data dump of political donations has landed, providing an extraordinarily belated glimpse of who is propping up political parties. But the Australian Electoral Commission still isn’t telling us who backed the campaigns on the eve of the federal election — the data stops on June 30; anything after that won’t be released for another 12 months.
The disclosures — released as a searchable form by the AEC — shows that the Liberal Party easily out-raised Labor, garnering over $56 million at the federal and state level during the year, plus nearly $17 million from the Liberal National Party in Queensland, and another $1.8 million from the Country Liberals in the Northern Territory. In contrast, the ALP nationally raised $54.7 million — up from the $49 million recorded in 2011-12 but still dwarfed by the Coalition and well below the $80 million-plus the ALP raised in 2010-11, a year with federal, New South Wales and Victorian elections. The Nationals raised over $8 million across the country as well, just slightly more than the Greens.