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Broke Liberals now facing a fine for their late disclosures

By johnboy - 2 December 2013 4

Elections ACT has made a move on the shambolic Canberra Liberals for their failures to disclose donations on time:

An infringement notice has been issued to the Canberra Liberals for the party’s late submission of electoral financial disclosure returns, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green, said today.

“Since the start of this financial year, the Canberra Liberals have submitted 15 gift returns outside of the 30 day disclosure period allowed by the Electoral Act,” Mr Green said. “The late submission of each return carries a penalty of $1,100. The total amount owing is $16,500.”

The party’s reporting agent now has 28 days in which to pay the monetary penalties set out in the notice, to appeal the notice or to apply for an extension of time to finalise payment.

For the party that wants everyone else banged up for life between this and a certain MLA’s parking they don’t seem to have much respect for their own law abiding.

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4 Responses to
Broke Liberals now facing a fine for their late disclosures
Deref 4:23 pm 03 Dec 13

Schadenfreude.

buttermaker 3:56 pm 03 Dec 13

It wouldnt surprise me if there is more to come. The Canberra Liberals appear to be a rolling disaster area.

What happened to the disclosure of their enormous debts. Lets hope the electoral commissioner is having a look at that one too.

bd84 8:52 am 03 Dec 13

Would the government level the same penalties against its own agencies for doing similar things? Me thinks not..

buttermaker 2:57 pm 02 Dec 13

The amazing things is that members of the Canberra Liberals have been ringing alarm bells for months about the chaotic administration of the party. Those courageous enough to warn about what was going on were hunted out of the party (Gary Kent) or turfed off the Management Committee (James Daniels and Anne Ryan). Similarly, those who raised these concerns at last month’s AGM were ridiculed.

Even more disturbing are the roles of Liberal Leader and Deputy Leader Jeremy Hanson and Alistair Coe. They quite happily negotiated through the Assembly new electoral disclosure laws that gave the Liberals $160,000 in taxpayers’ funds a year to help comply with these laws. Yet they are also key members of the Canberra Liberals’ Management Committee which has been fined by Phil Green for breaching those very laws. And Hanson and Coe have allowed Young Liberals to stack out branch meetings to replace with Liberal Assembly staffers any branch chairs who dare question the party’s administrative quagmire. Even worse, Hanson now has Tio Faulkner on his staff, the party president at the time of the problematic disclosures.

The other intriguing aspect of this story is the role of the General Secretary of the Canberra Liberals, David Miles Connolly, former Federal MP and High Commissioner to South Africa. It would be interesting to know what he has done to ensure the party complies with the law.

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