Believe it or not, there are some Australian companies that donate to political parties because they want to support democracy. They tend to give the same amount to both sides, and happily report their donations even if they're below the relevant reporting threshold or otherwise fall outside the reporting requirements. That's not to say they don't try to influence governments or public servants to suit their commercial agendas. They want to ensure their views are known by the people who count. But they'd donate even if it didn't involve getting a seat at a table with a minister.
Joe should put his hurt feelings to good use on donation laws
What precisely do donors get when they buy access to a senior politician? Both sides like to play coy on that, fueling suspicion about political donations.