Political donations

Full Disclosure for All Electoral Donations

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.

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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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  1. If anyone wants to contribute to a political party, please do it unanimously. Any other way a benefactor is only buying something. This is more true for developers.

    Union donations are somewhat trickier: they think that they are investing into their pension fund. Union Rulers do not give a thought to the fact, that at least half of the members do not endorse such donations. Around half of them are the Right wing voters.

    Allocate each member some money and let them go out into the electorate to explain how they intend to steer the proverbial Ship. Make them to return unspent money, or repay misused sums.
    JL