Dastyari Resigns From ALP Frontbench

Senator Sam Dastyari has resigned from the ALP frontbench.

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The resignation comes a day after an embarrassing press conference over Dastyari’s solicitation of a payment of an electorate office bill from Top Education Institute, a Chinese-connected company and ALP donor.

Dastyari was Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate. [Read more…]


Dastyari Apologises, Regrets Actions: Unimpressive Media Conference

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari today regretted and apologised for his actions in seeking payment of an electorate office bill from a foreign company.

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Dastyari, 33, sought payment of $1,670.82 of an electorate office travel expenses bill from the Chinese company Top Education Institute. He declared the payment on his pecuniary interest register. [Read more…]


Dastyari Statement On Top Education Payments; Bernardi On The Attack

The issue of foreign political donations is back in the news with the revelation that NSW ALP Senator Sam Dastyari sought and received payment of expenses by a Chinese company.

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In a statement to the Senate today, Dastyari confirmed information on his register of pecuniary interests. He said a bill of $1,670.82 for electorate staff travel was paid by Top Education Pty Ltd.

Dastyari said he should have paid the money himself. He said he had donated a similar amount to charity. [Read more…]


Election Funding Payments: 2016 Federal Election

This table shows the election funding payments made to political parties and candidates following the 2016 federal election.

Funding was made in two payments. The first payment was made on July 27. The table below shows the final figure following a second payment made this week.

A candidate or Senate group needs four per cent of the primary vote to be eligible for election funding. The amount is calculated by multiplying the number of votes obtained by the current funding rate.

The funding rate for the 2016 election was 262.784 cents per House of Representatives and Senate vote.

Funding was provided to 24 parties and groups, compared to 12 at the 2013 election. There were 24 independent candidates who received funding, compared to 9 in 2013.

Just over $62.7 million was distributed to parties and candidates. [Read more…]


Election Funding Payments: 2016 Federal Election

This table shows the first round of election funding payments made to political parties and candidates following the 2016 federal election.

The second round of funding will be made when all results are finalised. The figures shown below will increase but not substantially. This page will be updated when all funding has been paid.

A candidate or Senate group needs four per cent of the primary vote to be eligible for election funding. The amount is calculated by multiplying the number of votes obtained by the current funding rate.

The funding rate for the 2016 election was 262.784 cents per House of Representatives and Senate vote.

Funding was provided to 24 parties and groups, compared to 12 at the 2013 election. There were 24 independent candidates who received funding, compared to 9 in 2013.

Just over $60.4 million was distributed to parties and candidates. [Read more…]


Senator Arthur Sinodinos Denies Wrongdoing Or Illegality

Senator Arthur Sinodinos has issued a statement denying that he has broken the law in relation to the NSW Electoral Commission’s decision to withhold public funding to the Liberal Party because of undisclosed donors.

Sinodinos is Cabinet Secretary in the Turnbull government and a key backer of the Prime Minister. He says the Electoral Commission did not accuse him of setting up a slush fund or breaking the law. “I have never been accused of corruption. I deny any wrongdoing or illegality.”

The statement from Sinodinos is shown below.

Statement from Senator Arthur Sinodinos (Liberal-NSW).

Statement – NSW Electoral Commission

SinodinosIt is for the NSW Division of the Liberal Party to deal with the NSW Electoral Commission’s decision to withhold funding.

Despite what Labor says, the NSW Electoral Commission decision does not accuse me of setting up a slush fund or breaking the law. I have never been accused of corruption. I deny any wrongdoing or illegality.

Regrettably, parts of the Electoral Commission’s Summary of Facts used loose language which could convey erroneous impressions. [Read more…]


NSW Electoral Commission Blocks Liberal Party Funding Over Failure To Disclose Donations

The NSW Electoral Commission has blocked payment of $4.4 million in public funding to the Liberal Party because it failed to disclose the identity of all major political donations in 2011.

In a statement, the Electoral Commission said: “The Party will remain ineligible until it discloses all reportable political donations in relation to its 2011 declaration. These donations include some made by donors identified during the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) public hearings in Operation Spicer.”

In particular, the Commission is seeking information regarding the identity of donors to the Free Enterprise Foundation. It says: “Since 11 February 2016, the Liberal Party was given opportunities to rectify its declaration but it declined to do so. [Read more…]