February 2nd, 2012

Australian Electoral Commission has released the financial disclosure returns for the past financial year showing donations to political parties and expenditure on political advertising. 

Big tobacco and mining companies are unsurprisingly the biggest contributors spending millions of dollars on advertising to fight against legislation proposed by the Labor Government, as well as donations to the Liberal Party. Left wing activist group Get Up spent $5 million on political advertising, whilst the trade unions spent $6.5 million. The Greens received the largest donation by an individual with millionaire entrepreneur Graeme Wood giving a generous $1.6 million to the party.

The figures are available on the AEC website.