Critics blame ‘sickening’ rules after hidden political donations worth $1 billion are revealed

By Tom Stayner, originally published by SBS on the 1st of February 2021. Critics are calling for an overhaul of Australia’s electoral finance laws after a new analysis revealed political parties had pocketed more than $1 billion in “hidden donations” over the past two decades.  The Centre for Public Integrity has warned that a creeping trend towards… Read More

Australia’s weak donation laws allowed $1bn in dark money to go to political parties over two decades

By Christopher Knauss, originally published in the Guardian 1 February 2021. Australia’s weak donation laws are allowing political parties to hide the origins of $1bn in income and giving mega-donors the ability to exert disproportionate influence over the system, new analysis suggests. The Australian Electoral Commission will on Monday release the latest tranche of donations… Read More

Media release: 46% of 2019-20 donations came from just 5 donors: AEC disclosure

February 1 2021 The most recent AEC donations disclosures confirm the need for urgent reform of ourpolitical finance system. The data shows that big donors are dominating the funding ofour political parties, with 46% of all donations coming from just 5 donors. Total donations 2019 – 2020 $18,020,970 Biggest donors Mineralogy $5,910,341 Pratt Holdings $1,550,000… Read More

Media release: Property developers industry donated $54.15 million since 1999

The property and construction industry is the second largest donating industry, donating most in election years, according to new analysis of the AEC disclosures by the Centre for Public Integrity. The research shows: ·         The property and construction industry made $54.15 million in political contributions from 1999-2019 ·         Donations strongly correlate with federal elections ·         Donations peaked in… Read More