The latest data on political party donations reveals that the coffers of the Tasmanian branch of the Liberal Party of Australia more than doubled compared to the year before. Amongst those donating to the state Liberals were companies with interests spanning from tourism, gambling, pathology services, ethanol and lobby groups for the hotels, financial services and private pathology industries.
The data, released by the Australian Electoral Commission this morning, reveals that the Tasmanian branch of the Liberal Party had income of $4.2 million in the 2013/14 financial year, an over 160% increase on the year before.
In 2012/13 the Tasmanian Branch of the Liberal Party had total income of $1.59 million.
The March 2014 state election and the September 2013 federal election both occurred in the 2013/14 financial year.
The state Liberal Party’s return to the AEC reveals that:
• the federal Liberal Party transferred over $310,000 to the Tasmanian branch;
• the Manildra Group, a wheat processing and ethanol producer, contributed $38,200;
• Pathology Australia, a lobby group for private pathology companies, donated $25,000;
• the Australian Hotels Association, the lobby group for hotels industry, donated $20,000;
• Diagnostic Services, a private pathology company, donated $20,000;
• the Federal Group, a tourism and casino operator, donated $20,000;
• Michael J Crouch, the chairman of the Sydney-based private company Midgeon Holdings, donated $20,000;
•Tanya Denison, who unsuccessfully ran against Andrew Wilkie in the federal seat of Denison in the September 2013 election and is now a Hobart City Councillor, donated $20,000;
• Dawson-Damer Piers, a property developer, donated $15,000;
• Financial Services Council, the Sydney-based lobby group for the financial services industry, donated $15,000;
• the Paterson and Wentworth Federal Electorate Council’s of the Liberal Party of NSW each donated $15,000; and
• Adam Brooks, the federal member for Braddon, contributed $13,200.
Bob Burton is a Contributing Editor to Tasmanian Times.