In the past, electoral donations never had to be disclosed. Any political party could receive donations during and leading up to a federal election, and they could keep them anonymous.
But that all looks set to change.
Donations become public
On Friday, data was revealed, detailing the amount that was donated to Australia political parties in the last 12 months. Who got it and where it came from, according to AAP.
The Australian Electoral Commission released the disclosed returns for the 2017/18 financial year online at 9am AEDT, AAP reports.
We note that during that time frame a general election wasn’t held, however it does offer details of donations given during the federal by-elections in New England, Bennelong and Batman.
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