Government for Sale: AEC’s Live Data Coverage on Political Bribes


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Australian Hotels Association paid Labor $ 185,677, Liberal: $ 6,363 and National: $ 40,261

Only $ 95,000 was declared as donations on the AEC itemized receipts, the rest of the donations were recovered from the original Australian Hotels Association declaration.

NSW Clubs, which represents the largest gaming industry (slots) in the largest gambling state (NSW) in the largest gambling country (Australia) in the world. According to veteran donation observer Stephen Mayne, the ClubsNSW statement suggests that the association “only donated 50k in 2019-29 – that included 33k for NSW work and 11k for the Tasmanian Liberals.” The Continents are still paying for the liberal campaign to defeat (the Labor leader who tried to reform the Tas slot machines) Rebecca White ”.

Fossil fuels

Chevron pays no tax in Australia on its massive multi-billion dollar income, but has managed to find 92k to give to nationals, Labor and WA Libs to keep its highly carbon-emitting WA operations on the right books.

Based on detailed receipts, a collection of the top five miners operating in Australia tipped a total of $ 10 million in 2019-20.

Woodside gave a total of $ 396,000 including $ 110,000 to Liberals and Labor, $ 55,000 to nationals and a subscription of $ 93.5,000 to the Business Council of Australia.

Santos gave a total of $ 130.5k including $ 64.5 to Liberals, $ 44k to Labor and $ 22k to Nationals.

Rio Tinto gave $ 3.7 million, $ 54,000 to the Liberals, $ 93.5,000 to the Business Council of Australia and $ 3.14 million to the Mineral Council of Australia (MCA) among donations to Low Emission Technology Australia (LET ).

Peabody Energy donated a total of $ 2.2 million with just $ 35,000 to the MCA. The rest went to LET.

BHP gave $ 4.13 million with a fraction, $ 42.6k to the Liberals and $ 3.2 million to the MCA among donations to LET.

A more detailed analysis of all mining companies will follow, along with an analysis of why LET Australia receives so much money from Australian miners.

More than $ 24 million last year was donated by 45 fossil fuel companies, including the majors. These are all classified as “Other gifts” – so technically not a gift.

This from the LETA website: “Until recently, Low Emission Technology Australia (LETA) was called COAL21. We changed our name because LETA reflects much better what we do, which is to invest in technologies that significantly reduce carbon emissions ”.

LETA donated $ 914,000 to the Minerals Council of Australia.

Suffice it to say that it is no surprise that the coalition government is continuing its ‘Gas Transition’ and ‘Gas Driven Recovery’ campaigns (with the support of the Labor Party which also attracts huge donations from the United States. share of fossil fuel companies.

Other receipts

According to AEC Donor Returns, billionaire Andrew Forrest and his Fortescue Metals Group claim they made no political donations in fiscal year 2019/20.

However, detailed receipts for 2019/20 show Fortescue gave Labor $ 77,000 and Liberals $ 15,000. These payments are considered “other income” or “subscriptions”.

According to the AEC, “other receipts” are amounts that do not meet the definition of “gift”, as indicated in the Commonwealth Election Act. An AEC spokesperson previously told MWM that “It is up to the party or entity to determine whether a disclosed transaction constitutes a “gift” or “other receipt”. “

This gives major parties and potential donors such as Mr. Forrest the flexibility to decide whether they have given or received donations without having to specify the details of “the other receipt”.

This is just one of the hundreds of “other receipts” that are given to lobbyists and major parties of wealthy organizations. Questions were asked to the AEC regarding the “other recipes” flaw.

Otherwise, Michael West Media found multiple discrepancies between donor statements (donors disclosing their donations) itemized receipts (parties disclosing amounts received as donations).

For example, billionaire James Packer’s Crown Resorts Limited disclosed $ 184,556 in political donations for fiscal year 2019/20, but itemized receipt data only shows $ 46,191 in political donations received from Crown. Other figures on itemized Crown receipts are considered “other receipts”.

Fundraising vessels

The Cormack Foundation, founded in 1988 and named after former Liberal Senate Speaker Magnus Cormack, is a Liberal Party fundraiser.

Since its inception, it has donated over $ 51 million primarily to the Liberal Party and associated entities such as the Menzies Research Center, although it has occasionally made donations to Family First, the Country Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats.

While the Cormack Foundation donated only $ 210,000 to the Liberal Party in 2019-2020, it received $ 3.89 million from various corporate donors.

Last year, donors included the Big Four, ANZ, Commbank, NAB and Westpac; large miners BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, South 32; Wesfarmers Conglomerate; the owners of Coles Group and Woolworths supermarkets; Transurban toll road operator; investment companies Argo Investments Ltd. and Milton Corporations.

It’s fair to assume that Cormack is storing these donations from the Big End of Town and could deploy them to fund the next election campaign.


The Pratt family is Australia’s largest billionaire donor.

Anthony Pratt’s Pratt Holdings: Liberal: $ 1.3 million, Nats: $ 250,000

Manildra Group by Dick Honan: Labor: $ 96,998, Nats: $ 30,000

Ramsay Health Care: Labor: $ 11,000, Liberal: $ 37,000

Kerry Stokes: Labor: $ 216,049 (Seven West Media, Westrac), Clive Palmer United: $ 100,860 (operating seven networks)

Hancock prospecting by Gina Rinehart: Liberal: $ 22,000

Glencore Australia Holdings by Ivan Glasenberg: Minerals Council of Australia: $ 1.3 million

David & Vicky Teoh’s TPG Capital Australia: Business Council of Australia: $ 93,500

Roberts family, owners of Multiplex: Labor: $ 83,400

Judith & Kerr Neilson’s Platinum Asset Management: Labor: $ 500,000

John Richards & Family, owners of JJ Richards: Nats: $ 55,000

Sam Chong’s Jellinbah Group: Minerals Council of Australia: $ 165,000, LET Australia: $ 305,455

Shaun Bonett’s Precision Group: Labor: $ 55,000, Liberal: $ 50,000

Trevor Lee’s Australian Country Choice: Nats: $ 27,500

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Major donors

The Greenfields Foundation: $ 450,000 to the Liberal Party

Labor operations: $ 900,000 to the Labor Party (Queensland)

Ian Wall AM: $ 175,000 to the Liberal Party (SA)

Last year: $ 183,000 to LIB SA

Pamela Wall OAM: $ 175,000 Liberal Party (SA)

Last year: $ 180,000 to LIB SA

The Walls has donated a total of $ 1,517,000 to the SA Liberal Party since fiscal year 2012-13

The big four

The big four audit / consulting firms KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and EY are once again among Australia’s biggest political donors.

Collectively, they receive over half a billion dollars a year in consulting contracts from the federal government alone.

PWC Donations: Labor $ 134,000 and Liberal: $ 31,711

KPMG donations for 2020: ALP $ 31,500, Liberal Party: $ 27,500

Donations EY: ALP $ 35,310 and Liberal Party $ 37,242

Deloitte: Labor $ 31,127, Liberal $ 61,835, National: $ 2,000

Green benefactors

Two individual donors dominated contributions to the Greens.

Duncan Turpie donated $ 100,000 to the Queensland Greens and $ 50,000 to the Federal Greens in five separate installments of $ 10,000. Turpie is a reclusive high-end player, mathematician, investor and longtime Greens supporter, having donated $ 545,533 to various Greens branches in fiscal year 2018-19 and a total of $ 1,550,533 since. 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Prof Chilla Bulbeck donated $ 105,850 to the Western Australian Greens according to statements from 2019-2020. Bulbeck held the Chair in Women’s Studies at the University of Adelaide until 2008. After retiring as an academic, Bulbeck became a full-time volunteer for The Greens (WA). Since fiscal year 2013-2014, Bulbeck has donated $ 901,218 to the Greens, including $ 869,425 to the Western Australia branch and $ 38,793 to other branches.

Total donations

Total donations for the Liberal Party for 2020 are $ 57 million. The job picked up $ 55 million, Nationals $ 12.4 million, Clive Palmer $ 10.2 million, Greens $ 7.2 million and One Nation $ 5.8 million.

Points to keep in mind regarding data:

  • It’s old. The deadline for reporting is June 30 of last year.
  • He is affected by Covid – to the tune of four months – as the pandemic struck in March
  • 2019 was an election year, which is why the numbers were so high.
  • a leak from the Center for Public Integrity in nine newspapers this morning took undisclosed or hidden donations to over $ 1 billion

“… A new analysis from the Center for Public Integrity of federal political donations over the past two decades, revealing that political parties have received $ 1.1 billion from ‘hidden’ donors – those who are not obligated to donate. be fully disclosed under rules agreed upon by the two major parties.

“Only donations of $ 14,300 or more should be publicly disclosed, and donors can circumvent the rules by making multiple donations below that amount or by using foundations or trusts that may not reveal the original source of the money. .


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