Australia’s funpark for felons leaves the nation vulnerable to hostile foreign powers

By Peter Hartcher, originally published by SMH on the 16th of February 2021. You could be forgiven for thinking that the Bergin report that damned Crown casinos last week was only about greed and crime. It was not. It’s bad enough that Crown casinos effectively had become bankers to some of the world’s worst crime… Read More

Hidden political donations hit record high

By David Crowe, originally published by the Sydney Morning Herald on the 14th of February 2021. Federal political parties received $50 million in unexplained cash last year in another sign of the trend towards secretive donations. The “hidden money” – revealed in new analysis that calls for tougher disclosure laws so voters can know the… Read More

Labor and Liberal parties get $100m as political donations for 2020 are revealed

By Clare Armstrong, originally published by the Daily Telegraph 1 February 2021. Labor and the Coalition raked in more than $100 million in donations in one year, as almost half of the total spend on all political parties came from just five donors. Mining magnate Clive Palmer topped the list of donors, pouring $5.9 million… 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