gambling donations

The political donations season was shorter than most this year, with the detail of who donated what to whom, and how much was disclosed, swamped by the royal commission report on Monday.

One story that (rightly) attracted media attention was the extraordinary extent of gambling industry support for the Tasmanian Liberals, who reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from gambling interests opposed to Labor's plan to ban pokies in pubs. They were so big that they more than doubled the gambling industry's total political donations -- from around $700,000 in 2016-17 to over $1.5 million in 2017-18. The Tasmanian branch of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) alone gave around $270,000 to the Liberals.