Topic archives: political donations

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April 12, 2016

A small example of how easy it is to game our ridiculous political donations disclosure system, if you were so minded. The Australian Electoral Commission has just posted on its website a late disclosure by KPMG, sent to the AEC on March 3, which describes donations worth over $117,000 to the Victorian Liberal and Labor […]

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

April 12, 2016 7

Jacqui Lambie's boy band ... climate change: fact or fiction? ... buy Hillary Clinton's car ...

Like some ice for that burn, Arthur?

April 1, 2016 16

Arthur Sinodinos wants the NSW Electoral Commission to retract its statement about how the NSW Liberal Party hid donations. The Commission has less than politely rejected the request.

How torrents of cash disguise political donation accountability

March 29, 2016 16

The money flows between different branches of a political party demonstrate how difficult it is to achieve even minimal transparency in political donations when a party sets out to hide them.

Free Enterprise foul-up: election commission savages NSW Liberals

March 24, 2016 14

The NSW Election Commission has attacked the NSW Liberal Party for a long-term and systemic attempt to hide donors.

Mayne: how the ABC is to blame for Australia’s woeful donation laws

February 4, 2016 5

Even our top political journalists and programs fail to cover this most important governance issue.

Why we’re groping in the dark on political donations

February 2, 2016 10

The state of our political disclosure regime means that we're only getting part of the picture on who is trying to influence our political parties.

Mayne: six juicy snippets from political donations data

February 2, 2016 3

There's more than one way to skin a cat.

Miners vanish from donor lists as commodity prices bite

February 1, 2016 5

As commodity prices have collapsed, mining companies have vanished from the list of political donors -- but the finance sector continues to pump money into political parties.

Toxic Tony cost federal Libs as state fundraising soared

February 1, 2016 4

While Tony Abbott's debacle of a Prime Ministership sliced deeply into the Liberal Party's revenue, its state branches led the fundraising charge in 2014-15, new data shows.

Mayne: top 10 political donations of all time

January 29, 2016 6

As "donation day" approaches, Stephen Mayne reveals his 10 favourite tales about election campaign finance.

No profits or tax, but plenty of money for political parties

December 18, 2015 15

While they were unable to turn a profit or pay tax, some of Australia's biggest companies had enough money to donate to political parties -- and one party in particular.

The Coalition’s war on renewables: follow the money

The Coalition’s war on renewables: follow the money

July 13, 2015 28

The government's war on renewable energy reflects the strong financial links between the fossil fuel industry and the Coalition.

Shorten’s late declaration typical of a rotten disclosure system

Shorten’s late declaration typical of a rotten disclosure system

July 9, 2015 2

Bill Shorten's late donation return isn't even the worst example of a system that allows our political parties to treat disclosure laws with contempt.

Labor gunning for SBS chair in shock estimates appearance

Labor gunning for SBS chair in shock estimates appearance

March 19, 2015 1

The new chairman of SBS, Nihal Gupta, will come under fire from Labor Senator Sam Dastyari today regarding his donations to the Liberal Party and other matters. Will this be the beginning of the end of a very short tenure?

Mayne: <em>Hun</em> happy to ignore handouts when it suits the Murdochs

Mayne: Hun happy to ignore handouts when it suits the Murdochs

March 16, 2015 4

The Sunday Herald Sun has criticised Melbourne City Council for what it sees as lavish expenditure. But it wasn't too concerned when ratepayers were forced to subsidise Dame Elisabeth Murdoch's funeral.

Meet the mysterious Chinese property developer giving a motza to the ALP

Meet the mysterious Chinese property developer giving a motza to the ALP

February 3, 2015 2

The largest donor to either party in 2013-14 was a China-based individual named Zichun Wang. But who is Zichun Wang? The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson investigates.

Liberals blow Labor away in chase for cash

Liberals blow Labor away in chase for cash

February 2, 2015 7

The Liberal Party blitzed Labor in fundraising in 2013-14 -- but all sides managed to secure a remarkable quarter of a billion dollars in funding.

Mayne: which corporations donated to put Tony Abbott in The Lodge?

Mayne: which corporations donated to put Tony Abbott in The Lodge?

February 2, 2015 12

There are no limits as to who can give money to Australia's political parties, and only donations over $12,400 have to be reported. Here are some of the companies that helped elect Tony Abbott.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

February 2, 2015 4

Political donations -- who's buying what? ... nudity in the Crikey bunker ... and visual effects in the can in Queensland ...