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ACT Political Donations

By Deano 3 February 2008 4

The Australian Electoral Commission has released the political donations figures for the 2006-07 financial year. Compared to last year the Greens and Liberals are up and Labor is down. Changes to the law mean that donations less than $10,300 no longer need to be identified.

No donations registered

Other Receipts
Communications Design & Management Pty Ltd $91,695.45
FrOGTech Pty Ltd $48,078.60
StratSec.Net Pty Ltd $20,365.30

Total Receipts $433,653.50

Barbara Phi $1,500.00
Canberra Labor Club Ltd $238,552.86 (down 30% on last year)
Woden Tradesmen’s Club $5,000.00
CSR Limited $25,000

Total Receipts $587,123.49

ACT Greens
CFMEU ACT Branch Organising Fund $20,000.00

Total Receipts $154,057.00

Australian Democrats
No donations or receipts over $10,300

Total Receipts $1,790.73

Trolling through the individual donors returns does turn up some interesting results.

The Village Building Co Limited donated:
ACT ALP $1,400
NSW ALP $2,000
ACT Liberals $13,760
NSW Liberals $46,700
QLD Liberals $2,000
Nationals $16,000

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Deano 1:53 pm 04 Feb 08

Rents aren’t considered donations but are ‘other receipts’. The reason for including them is to stop it being used as a method of backdoor donating i.e. we’d like ‘rent’ the ALP/Lib broom closet for $1 million per year. It also covers services provided to the parties ‘in kind’ or for token payments.

Jonathon Reynolds 1:15 pm 04 Feb 08

I never have understood why rent received from the leasing of premises is considered a political donation.

Ingeegoodbee 8:58 am 04 Feb 08

Looking over the national figures, it’s interesting that whilst the rhetoric is all about the ALP being run by union stooges – it would seem that they’re funded by big business with donations outstripping union organisations – and talk about rats leaving the sinking ship – the job of Liberal fund raiser must have been a lonly and thankless task last year.

josh 5:33 pm 03 Feb 08

i used to work in funding and disclosure.

the amount of money tobacco companies churned into political parties was staggering. aka “please don’t ban our products. you’re making money from taxing our products, but here’s a little more to be sure”. nuts.

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