Jan 30, 2018

Mayne: stand by for annual political donations reveal on Thursday

When it comes to transparency and regulation, Australia has the democratic world’s worst system of campaign finance.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Each year on February 1, a deluge of incomplete and out-of-date data is dumped here on the AEC website at 9am.

That means that this Thursday we will finally be given a partial look at who funded Australia’s registered political parties in the 2016-17 financial year. Yes, 19 months after the 2016 federal election, Malcolm Turnbull will belatedly formally disclose the $2 million personal donation he made to the federal Liberals.

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