Eagle-eyed journalists hoping that today's donation disclosure dump from the Australian Electoral Commission for the months leading up to last year's election would reveal whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tipped millions into his own party's coffers in the dying days of the 2016 election have been left disappointed.
Turnbull's reported $2 million donation to the Liberal Party will likely now not be confirmed until February 1, 2018, as it was noticeably absent from today's disclosure. It suggests that Turnbull made the donation either on July 1 or on the actual election day of July 2. The AEC's annual disclosure of donations from the last financial year ending June 30, 2016, means it could be excluded. Turnbull is likely to face questions on this omission from journalists when he addresses the National Press Club at lunch time.