FIVE CASES FEDERAL ANTI-CORRUPTION BODY MIGHT HAVE INVESTIGATED … Parakeelia … Yuhu … and more

FIVE CASES FEDERAL ANTI-CORRUPTION BODY MIGHT HAVE INVESTIGATED

 

An aggressive, well-funded federal anti-corruption commission could pursue corruption that escapes the notice of the state-based anti-corruption commission, or the patchwork of other enforcement agencies, which are mostly under-resourced.

Sanction busters … Millions of dollars were paid to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Sanction busters … Millions of dollars were paid to Saddam Hussein’s regime. Photo: James Davies

Here are five scandals that might have appeared on its radar.

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Australian Wheat Board scandal in Iraq

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Allegations were made about kickbacks, but no action was taken to investigate. Photo: Tamara Voninski

The Australian Wheat Board (AWB) paid hundreds of millions of dollars in kickbacks through the late 1990s and early 2000s to the regime of Saddam Hussein to continue wheat sales, contrary to trade sanctions against Iraq. Allegations were made about the payments, including some from the monopoly wheat trader’s competitors.

Australian authorities took no action to investigate, even though AWB officials later claimed the payments were well known to the Australian government. When troops later entered Baghdad in early 2003, they found documents revealing the AWB’s activities.

A Royal Commission, established in 2005 on what Labor described as “narrow” terms of reference, acknowledged the existing system had failed to ensure compliance with the sanctions, but found no fault with the actions of ministers.

Some of the polymer notes printed by Securency.

Some of the polymer notes printed by Securency. Photo: Michael Howard

Securency and Note Printing Australia NPA

In 2007 a whistleblower first raised concerns about international banknote deals by the Reserve Bank of Australia subsidiary Note Printing Australia (NPA) and its sister company Securency. An internal audit, and an investigation by lawyers Freehills, found no illegality, nor any need to act. Despite a string of media revelations of payments, including in Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, the corporate watchdog ASIC failed to investigate.

Finally, the Australian Federal Police investigated and in 2011 charged Securency and NPA with conspiracy to bribe. Individuals were also charged.

Cabinet room bugging in East Timor

The third biggest spender was Alexander Downer and his team in London.

Alexander Downer became an adviser to Woodside Petroleum on his retirement from politics. Photo: Andrew Meares

Following 2004 negotiations between the Howard government and East Timor over Timor Sea oil and gas revenue, the East Timorese alleged Australian security agencies bugged the East Timorese cabinet room. Woodside Petroleum was working closely with the Australian government at the time. An ASIS operator became a whistleblower after learning that former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer had become an adviser to Woodside Petroleum on his retirement from politics.

East Timor launched an international legal challenge, and intended using the ASIS whistleblower as a key witness. But ASIO raided a lawyer’s office and cancelled the passport of the retired ASIS operator. The case – yet to be heard – raises questions about whether the Australian security services should be subject to greater investigation for improper behaviour.

Donations and campaign funding

ICAC counsel Geoffrey Watson says the process used by the Free Enterprise Foundation is a “systematic subversion of electoral laws”. Photo: Nick Moir

Australia’s notoriously lax political financing laws allows anyone, local or foreigner, to donate any amount of money to anyone they choose. Only donations over $13,200 need be disclosed. The Australian Electoral Commission is renowned as a toothless regulator. Allegations, therefore, are rife of improper campaign funding and lack of transparency, especially in the cases of the Liberal and Labor parties.

Recent controversies include: the funnelling of taxpayer money to the Liberals via software company Parakeelia; revelations of Labor leader Bill Shorten’s failing to declare business contributions to his 2007 campaign; a $100,000 donation from the Chinese Yuhu Group to then trade minister Andrew Robb’s fundraising entity the day he clinched the China Australia free trade deal; donations to federal Liberal party MPs by alleged mafia bosses; masking of banned property developer donations to the NSW Liberal Party via a third party at the time Senator Arthur Sinodinos was party treasurer.

Border security breached with drugs

Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg during estimates hearing at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday …

Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

In May 2016 Fairfax Media revealed a network of Australian border security officials allegedly working for organised criminals, including drug and tobacco smugglers, potentially the most serious corruption scandal to hit Australia’s border agencies. But the revelations were also the latest in a string of such stories.

The alleged corruption involved staff from the Australian Border Force and the Department of Agriculture, and maritime industry employees. It highlighted deficiencies in the federal government’s policing of its own agencies and, in particular, the under-resourcing of the little-known crime and corruption watchdog, the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.

Source: Brisbane Times

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What else is China buying in Australia?

What else is China buying in Australia?

The composition of Chinese investment in Australia is changing. Fast.

It is no secret real estate has a great attraction to investors. But contrary to high profile discussion in some quarters of the public and mainstream media, in recent times a significant portion of this investment is being funnelled towards commercial real estate rather than residential property.

“Markets need to brace for a world where China invests $A400 billion a year offshore.”
Jerry Ge, Contributing editor at BlueNotes

That’s only part of a much broader diversification. According to a joint report published by KPMG and the University of Sydney, the once clearly favoured mining and energy sector which accounted for 70 per cent of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Australia in 2010 accounted for less than 18 per cent in 2014.

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Source: KPMG China Outlook 2015

Chinese investment in commercial real estate quadrupled to $A4.37 billion in 2014, almost half Chinese FDI in Australia. Aside from commercial property, there is growing interest by Chinese capital in opportunities in Australian agribusiness, infrastructure, leisure and retail, a trend likely to continue into the future.

With China increasingly diversifying its own economy over the past decade towards higher end manufacturing and increasingly sophisticated services, its global investments appear destined to diversify in tandem.

INTEREST RENAISSANCE

Several factors are behind this renaissance of Chinese interest in industries outside of resources. The slowing domestic economy is pushing Chinese businesses offshore to diversify their risk profile.

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Australia is the perfect destination because of its geographic proximity, transparent regulatory environment and low funding cost. In a recent report released by National Australia Bank and University of Technology Sydney it was found Chinese business leaders regarded Australia as the most favourable place to do business while its economic importance was second only to the US, beating Britain, Russia and Canada.

The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) also encourages more investment from China into Australia. Inbound private Chinese investment proposals below $A1.08 billion will no longer require Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval, except in so-called sensitive sectors like agriculture where the new thresholds are $A15 million for land and $A53 million for agribusiness.

AGRIBUSINESS

Australia has a world class reputation for high quality, clean and green food products.

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To Chinese investors this is particularly attractive as food safety is a perennial concern for consumers amidst scandals related to health concerns in recent years. The growing middle class is willing and able to pay a premium for peace of mind.

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s recent decision to block the sale of land holding and cattle company S Kidman & Co to a Chinese bidder Genius Link Group is unlikely to deter the enthusiasm of Chinese investors.

 

Jeff Turner, trade commissioner of Austrade in Chengdu told The Australian Financial Review there are as many as 300 Chinese cattle and cattle-related companies looking to invest Australia.

Genius Link Group’s founder Joel Chang says Australia is popular with Chinese agricultural investors for its clean environment, its reputation for quality produce and more.

“We see Australia as the food hub for the Asia-Pacific region. If you look at the region, from south-east Asia to Korea, Australia and New Zealand are the only two that have export capacity,” he said.

“We are hugely impressed with Australian farmers. The work ethic. The commitment… Australia has not put in a lot subsidies compared to other parts of the world, which is what makes them so competitive cost-wise.”

The Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Cooperative Development Fund was founded in September 2014. It is a joint partnership between state-owned Beijing Agricultural Investment Fund and the Shenzen-based Yuhu group. The $A3 billion fund is specifically set up for investment of Australian Dairy products.

For the dairy industry back in China, the market likes the product from Australia and it seems it cannot be easily substituted by other countries’ products. The recent abolishment of the one-child policy is also a huge boost for Chinese investors looking for quality Australian foodstuffs that can meet anticipated higher future demand if a baby boom eventuates.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Whilst the granting of 99-year Port Darwin lease worth $A506 million to privately owned Chinese company Landbridge has created international controversy, many other large and experienced Chinese companies have also shown genuine interest in investing in Australian infrastructure.

State-owned funds and enterprises are more interested in engineering and infrastructure deals for strategic purposes of replicating and utilising the technology and knowledge of those projects back in China.

Three major infrastructure deals accounted for 20 per cent of the total 2014 investment value. This include the acquisition of John Holland by CCCI for an enterprise value of approximately $A1.5 billion, followed by a $A1.75 billion deal to secure a 98-year lease on the Newcastle Port by China Merchants Group and Hastings Funds Management.

The experience with Newcastle suggests Darwin may have been an exception to the rule of smooth and uncontroversial approval for Chinese consortia in Australian infrastructure.

However, recalling the blocking of Huawei Australia’s participation in the NBN and the bitter fallout is equally indicative political sensitivities will continue to hamper investment in certain cases.

LEISURE

For the first time, there has been a material investment in the leisure and tourism sectors from China led by the $A1 billion acquisition of Hoyts Group by ID Leisure International Capital in 2014.

Due to popularity of golf amongst the elite class in China, Chinese groups have spent over $A400 million in the past two years for some of Australia’s most ­notable courses.

Hong Kong based GH Properties has spent more than $A50 million in the past two years buying the Links Hope Island and Noosa Springs golf courses in Queensland. Members of GH’s Dragon Lake course in Guangzhou have reciprocal membership to GH’s Queensland properties.

A key Chinese advertising and media company, White Horse Group, recently bought Queensland’s Lindeman Island for $A12 million, committing to convert it into a golfing retreat and resort.

In 2014, 12 per cent of Chinese direct investment was recorded in the leisure and retail sector of Australia. This shift of focus is well fitted into the domestic reorientation towards social consumption and consumer oriented services according to the KPMG and University of Sydney report.

STRONG APPETITE

Chinese investment in Australian property will remain strong regardless of any heightened FIRB requirements. The appetite to investment in new and existing Australian infrastructure is also evident as more Chinese companies are interested in the anticipated increase in government asset sales in Australia over the next few years.

The relaxation of labour mobility under the ChAFTA (Chinese infrastructure projects above $A150 million will be able to use Chinese labour if the skill are not available locally) will only be the icing on the cake.

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens said in July markets need to brace for a world where China invests $A400 billion a year offshore. The vast opportunity available for Australia has only just emerged.

Jerry Ge is a contributing editor at BlueNotes

The views and opinions expressed in this communication are those of the author and may not necessarily state or reflect those of ANZ.

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Chinese interests play increasing role in Australian political donations

Chinese interests play increasing role in Australian political donations

A Chinese government-backed propaganda unit and a swag of companies that stand to gain from the China Australia Free Trade Agreement have made more than half a million dollars of political donations in Victoria, raising concerns about the influence of foreign donors.

Companies linked to Chinese conglomerate Yuhu Group made a donation to then trade minister Andrew Robb’s fundraising entity the day the trade deal was clinched.

Companies linked to Chinese conglomerate Yuhu Group made a donation to Andrew Robb's fundraising entity.
Companies linked to Chinese conglomerate Yuhu Group made a donation to Andrew Robb’s fundraising entity.Photo: Louie Douvis

Chinese money has become so important to Australian political parties that, at a recent glitzy fundraiser, Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger made sure there was an interpreter to translate the auction.

Donors with strong links to China contributed $555,000 to the two major parties and fundraising entities in Victoria, a Fairfax Media analysis of Australian Electoral Commission data for 2014-15 reveals.

At least three donors failed to disclose their contributions to the Australian Electoral Commission.

VIEW GRAPH FOR BIG DONORS:

Bayside Forum, which supports the federal Liberal candidate in the seat of Goldstein (where Mr Robb is set to be succeeded by former Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson at the July 2 federal election), accepted $100,000 in donations from executives of Chinese agriculture, property development and infrastructure company Yuhu Group.

At the time, Mr Robb was negotiating both ChAFTA and the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Mr Robb has a long relationship with Yuhu and its chief Xiangmo Huang. He met with Mr Huangand other senior company executives in Hong Kong in March 2014 to discuss trade and economic co-operation, and to hear Mr Huang’s view on the obstacles to Chinese enterprises in Australia, such as working visas and foreign investment restrictions.

Mr Robb also endorsed Yuhu’s $2 billion investment in Australian agriculture in a joint-venture with a Chinese state-owned enterprise at its launch on September 15, 2014.

According to AEC disclosures, Chaoshan No 1 Trust (of which Mr Huang is a director) made a $50,000 donation to Bayside Forum two months later, on the same day ChAFTA was finalised and details announced by Mr Robb and then prime minister Tony Abbott.

Another $50,000 donation to Bayside Forum, this time by Fu Ocean Pty Ltd (whose director Zhaokai Su is reportedly Yuhu’s office manager), was undated. And two months after the Hong Kong meeting, $30,000 was donated to the New South Wales division of the Liberal Party. It is illegal for property developers to donate to the NSW branch, but a loophole permits it if the funds are intended to contribute to a federal campaign.

The free trade agreement, which came into force on December 20, 2015, has been criticised by the opposition and unions for threatening Australian jobs – particularly a provision that allows Australian-registered companies with 50 per cent Chinese ownership to bring in Chinese labour to work on infrastructure projects of $150 million or more.

Mr Huang and his associates have donated millions of dollars to the Labor and Liberal parties over recent years, and in 2015 stepped in to pay a legal bill on behalf of NSW Labor reformist and fixer, Senator Sam Dastyari.

Mr Robb was Mr Huang’s guest at the Melbourne Cup in 2013, when Mr Huang also presented the trophy. Mr Robb reportedly attended Mr Huang’s daughter Carina’s wedding in Sydney in January 2016, as did Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

As trade minister, Mr Robb also attended the “Yuhu 2015 Giving Day” on February 6, 2015, held in part to celebrate Mr Huang’s election as President of the Australian Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China. That organisation’s activities include hosting Chinese government officials in Australia and lobbying against independence movements in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet.

At the time of the donation, Mr Robb was still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a 12-country trade deal which does not include China or Taiwan, but that Taiwan had sought to join.

On February 1, the NSW branch of the ALP revealed its biggest donor, Eng Joo Ang, had given $110,000. The next day Mr Eng told media he couldn’t recall it and later that he had not made the donation. On February 12, a late return was quietly published on the AEC periodic disclosures as an “update”.

Mr Eng is executive vice chairman of the Australian Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China.

Mr Robb declined to answer Fairfax Media questions about Bayside Forum’s protocols for handling potential conflicts between fundraising sources and his responsibilities as a minister.

“There were absolutely no conflicts of interest,” he said.

Mr Huang was contacted for comment but did not respond.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Liberals received $15,000 from the China Australia Media Group, believed to be an arm of the Chinese government. The group has twice been outed for hiring Western journalists at news conferences to ask soft questions of government ministers and officials with the aim of spreading Chinese propaganda.

Chinese property developers have also emerged as generous supporters of political parties. In 2013-14, a pair of Brighton property investors with import-export interests Jianping Fu and Min Zhang, donated $200,000 to the Victorian Labor party. Melbourne-based property developer the Ever Bright Group donated $200,000 to the federal Liberal party and Glen Waverley developer Jiandong Huang donated another $100,000.

Richard Gu’s AXF Group, whose development projects include a massive 5500-home project in the city’s west, donated $150,000 to the Victorian Labor party. ZJF Investments, a company owned by property developer Zheng Jiefu (who sought refuge in Melbourne after facing embezzlement charges in China), donated $20,000 to Labor’s state branch.

Both AXF Group and ZJF failed to make their own donations disclosures to the AEC. Fu Ocean disclosed its $30,000 contribution to the NSW Liberals, but failed to disclose the $50,000 Bayside Forum donation.

The AEC said it was following up outstanding returns.

Governance expert Ken Coghill says foreign donations to Australian political parties should be illegal, as they are in many countries including the United States and Britain.

“The Australian political process ought to be something that is not manipulated or distorted by foreign interests,” says the former state Labor MP, now director of the Parliamentary Studies Unit at Monash University.

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YUHU AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT PTY LTD … Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Cooperative Development Fund to focus on dairy investment

Australian farm fresh milk is now available in supermarkets in China

YUHU AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT PTY LTD …

Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Cooperative Development Fund to focus on dairy investment

“Yuhu Agriculture Investment Pty Ltd is a foreign subsidiary of Yuhu Group which is a large scale investment company based in Shenzhen China.

It is involved in property development and management, hydropower station development and trade logistics.

In the past two years, the Australian arm has gained adequate knowledge on foreign investment, and is now moving to the prosperous agriculture industry with the high demand from Chinese market.”

Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Cooperative Development Fund to focus on dairy investment

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September 15, 2014 11:02am

 

DAIRY investment in Australia will be the focus of a $3 billion Chinese agricultural fund, announced today.

The Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb told the inaugural Australian Dairy Farm Investment forum about the deal, to be signed today in Melbourne.

Called the Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Cooperative Development Fund it will be jointly initiated by the Beijing Agricultural Investment Fund and Yuhu Agriculture Investment Pty Ltd.

The new joined fund is aiming to focus on the investment of Australian Dairy, particularly infant formula, beef, lamb, seafood and other agriculture products.

It is planning to invest $3 billion capital in various projects in Australia.

The fund will supply Australian agriculture products and services to the people of China.

It will reinforce foreign investments between the two nations and provide a new stage for its cooperative trade opportunities.

Beijing Agricultural Investment Fund was founded in September 2009 and was the first professional investment fund in the agricultural industry in China.

It was initiated by state-owned Beijing Capital Group.

It owns and manages 25,000 premium cattle in five farms around China and supplies milk to the leading Chinese dairy manufacturing and distribution companies such as listed Yili Group, Mengniu Group, and state owned Sanyuan Group.

Yuhu Agriculture Investment Pty Ltd is a foreign subsidiary of Yuhu Group which is a large scale investment company based in Shenzhen China.

It is involved in property development and management, hydropower station development and trade logistics.

In the past two years, the Australian arm has gained adequate knowledge on foreign investment, and is now moving to the prosperous agriculture industry with the high demand from Chinese market.

 

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Chinese fund to splash $3bn on Australian agriculture

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  • 12:00AM September 16, 2014

CHINESE investment in Aus­tralian agriculture is set to boom, with the Chinese-government owned Beijing Agricultural Investment Fund yesterday committing to spend $3 billion on Australian dairy, beef, lamb and aquaculture assets.

The announcement, witnessed by federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb in Melbourne, ­establishes the Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Co-operative Development Fund in a joint venture with Yuhu Agriculture Investment.

Mr Robb told the inaugural Dairy Australia Investment forum that the fund was particularly keen to invest in local dairy farms and dairy processing, with a focus on producing and exporting powdered infant milk formula to China.

In a separate move, it was also revealed that a private Chinese company had bought the vast ­Elizabeth Downs cattle station in the Northern Territory from ­National Gallery of Australia president and leading barrister Allan Myers QC.

With the Chinese bidder paying about $12 million for the 205,000ha of land, the deal will not require sign off by the Foreign Investment Review Board, as it falls below the $15m mandatory approval threshold.

The Chinese company also bought the 9000 head of cattle on Elizabeth Downs, located two hours’ drive southwest of Darwin, for an estimated $7m.

It is believed to be the first investment by a Chinese buyer in the northern Australian cattle industry, with Asian demand for beef expected to jump in the near future with the opening this month of a $91m abattoir near Darwin.

However, it is understood the buyer of Elizabeth Downs, who owns golf courses and hotels in Australia, hopes to maximise the property’s investment potential by developing irrigated cropping and tourist facilities alongside the cattle operation.

The moves came as Barnaby Joyce told Chinese producers that Australia’s farmers would pose no threat to their livelihoods if the two countries were, as expected, to sign a free-trade agreement by the end of this year.

Mr Joyce, on his first tour of China as Agriculture Minister, is leading a delegation of almost 40 industry figures who stand to bene­fit if an agreement is signed.

In Harbin, in China’s northeast, yesterday for the start of his tour, Mr Joyce said Australia could never become “Asia’s food bowl” simply because of the size of each nation’s population.

“We are not a threat to China; we will produce premium products to the people of China and they can be reliant on the fact that Australia does not have a hope in Hades of feeding the Chinese population, not even a portion of it,” he said. “If we were to use all of our production, we could not feed just Australia and this province alone, we would run out of food.

“The reality is that Australia feeds about 60 million people at the moment (including exports). Even if we double that to 120 million people, we would not feed even half of the population of our nearest neighbour, Indonesia.

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By Catherine McAloon

Updated 17 September 2014 at 1:35 pm

First posted 16 September 2014 at 1:06 pm

Australian farm fresh milk is now available in supermarkets in China. The Federal Government has promised a competitive free trade deal for Australian dairy farmers.

 

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Two Chinese investment groups have established a $3 billion fund to invest in Australian agriculture, as Australia edges closer to securing a free trade deal with China.

The fund, known as the Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Cooperative Development Fund, is a joint partnership between state-owned Beijing Agricultural Investment Fund and the Shenzen-based Yuhu group.

 

Chinese investors are buying into Australian farming projects 

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It will focus on supplying produce back to China, especially infant milk formula, beef, lamb and seafood.

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb has welcomed the fund, saying it’s a strong signal from the country’s largest export market for agricultural produce.

“It’s a great signal that the Chinese investors are looking, in a fairly significant way, to position themselves in Australia, and they are doing it in a sensible way,” Mr Robb said.

He says negotiations on a free trade agreement with China are progressing and he’s confident a deal can be achieved by the end of the year.

“These things are very complicated. There are, for instance, 11,500 individual tariff lines that have to be negotiated. A lot of that work is done.

“But as always, with any negotiation, the really big important issues invariably end up in the final stages of the negotiations.

“So whilst we’ve been talking about it and have got a sense of where one another hopes to be, in many cases we haven’t finalised the very critical issues.”

Mr Robb has given Australian dairy farmers an assurance that he is aiming to get them an equal footing with their New Zealand competitors, who finalised a free trade agreement with China several years ago.

He acknowledges that the New Zealand dairy industry has had a huge advantage over the Australian industry, by already having a trade deal in place with China.

“We’ve seen a $3.7 billion increase in revenue to the New Zealand dairy industry since their free trade agreement came into force four years ago.

“At the same time, our revenue from China in the dairy space has increased by $173 million. So $3.7 billion versus $173 million, I think, tells the story.”

Dairy investment opportunity

Several Chinese investors attended a dairy investment forum hosted by Dairy Australia in Melbourne this week.

Amy Qiao, of Esson International Investment group, says her company owns farms in China milking 10,000 cows and is keen to expand into Australia.

Ms Qiao says Australia is popular with Chinese agricultural investors for its clean environment, and its reputation for quality produce.

“For the dairy industry back in China, the market likes the product from Australia and it seems it cannot be replaced by other countries’ products.”

She says there is a huge and growing market for dairy products in China.

“Traditionally, my fellow people, we don’t consume a lot of dairy products, but recently we all realise how important dairy is for people’s health.

“In my generation and my parents’ generation they did not like cheese at all, but my children, daily they consume that.”

While Chinese investors, like Ms Qiao, are in Australia looking at farms, an Australian real estate company has headed to China to find buyers for Australian farming properties.

They are hoping to sell properties ranging from a single vineyard in Victoria for just $1 million to a large dairy business in Tasmania for $120 million.

It’s the second time real estate group Landmark Harcourts has showcased rural properties in China. The group’s director of China business development Jason Hellyer says they’ve learnt a lot about what Chinese buyers want.

“Fundamentally, most Chinese investors that we’ve currently met with, this is a bit of a generalisation, don’t really have any intention of flying out here and building a house and living here and running the property themselves.

“What they are after is partnerships with current Australian producers that have the skills and expertise to run an efficient and profitable farm, so that’s where the real opportunity is.”

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INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIA: AEC returns: Adding up who owns our democracy

 

AEC returns: Adding up who owns our democracy

 Ross Jones 

The AEC annual political party returns show a clear pattern, writes Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones: offshore connections, big banks, shadowy foundations and a conga-line of minor, yet substantial, donors, all with their hands out.

IF YOU WANT to see the true face of Australian democracy, you need look no further than the Australian Electoral Commission’s political party annual returns for the financial year 2013-2014.

Click on the image to access original clickage graph on Sydney Morning Herald website

That’s the period from 1 July 2013, when Labor were in power, to June 30 2014, when they weren’t.

Some of the numbers are very big, others are only terrifying. Let’s have a look at the top few on both sides.

First, Labor.

Its Federal arm grossed $40.1 million, spent $33.5 and had debts of only $180,000.

The main revenue source, $20m, was from the AEC for its per vote $ refund.

Its biggest private donor was a chap called Zi Chun Wang who tipped in $850,000.

According to the Guardian:

‘A mystery donor who personally made the largest contribution to the Australian Labor partyin the lead up to the 2013 election is linked to a Chinese-Australian property group with major development projects in Victoria.’

Next, at $600,000 was an outfit called Australia Kingold Investment Development Co P/L which has a website saying:

Presumably for insurance purposes, Kingold gave $100,000 to the Libs as well.

The Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees’ Association chipped in $500,000.

Then there are the branches of course, all with their separate disclosures.

All up, across the whole party, a chap called Jingui Xu donated $400,000 to Labor; another chap called Wencheng Guo $100,000; the Yuhu Group $100,000; Zhaokai Su (Ken Su) $70,000 and Luo Chuangxiong $50,000. A host of smaller Labor-linked bodies also gave similar amounts.

The Liberal Party nationally out-grossed Labor at $43 million. But, in classic Liberal fashion, it spent $46 million and racked up a net debt of $4.1 million.

The Libs scored $25m from the AEC, but its biggest donor, our old friends the Cormack Foundation, handed over $1.5m; and another of our old friends, the Free Enterprise Foundation, found a further $1.25m.

Nimrod Resources, an unlisted miner owned by Paul Marks – whose fabulous birthday soiree Tony Abbott controversially flew to recently – topped the others list with $500,000 — followed by a long list of corporates with $100,000 plus.

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LIBERAL donor Paul Marks signed a mining deal with a Chinese Government company in front of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Interestingly, the Senator M Cormann LP Campaign Fund found a spare $80,000.

Like the ALP, the L-NP has branches. But these are on another level.

The NSW Division enjoyed revenue of $19.6m, but suffered expenditure of $20.5m. It carried a debt of $3.4m. That’s $7.5m in Liberal Party debt so far. And a $3.9m loss.

But with backers like Westpac, which tipped in $2m, who cares?

The Victorian Division did not fare as well. Its income of $18.2m fell $2m short of expenses. Thank goodness for the Cormack team, who dug up a separate $2.76m for the Victorian cause. The Federal Secretariat had to tip in $2.6m as well.

On the bright side, Victorian debt was only $2.2m. That’s $9.7m in Liberal Party debt so far. And a $5.9m loss.

By comparison, the South Australian Division presents as a model of fiscal rectitude. Receipts totalled $10.2m against expenses of only $8.5m. As a result, the Division carried debt of a modest $116,000. That’s $9.8m in Liberal Party debt so far but losses pulled back to $4.2m.

SA’s largest donor was the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) Industry Association Ltd which contributed $320,000.

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National Party () Fundraising Co’s Forced to Correct $Millions in political donations!➪http://goo.gl/2ln8gw 

Liberal National party fundraising bodies forced to correct AEC returns

AEC review reveals multiple errors amounting to millions of dollars were made in political donation disclosures while accounting for fundraising bodies was managed by the LNP

theguardian.com

When I looked, the AEC site would only provide information for these states (maybe it’s working now), but the pattern is clear.

Offshore connections, big banks, shadowy foundations and a conga-line of minor, yet substantial, donors, all with their hands out.

This is what our democracy has come to.

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Which Political Party failed to disclose more than $4m in receipts, payments and debts?http://gu.com/p/46z72/stw 

Revealed: political parties’ widespread failure to disclose donations

Exclusive: electoral commission documents obtained under freedom of information laws show a pattern of errors by political parties in managing their financial records

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ELECTION 2013:  Political donations: Which big businesses are supporting Aussie political parties

 

 Political donations: Which big businesses are supporting Aussie political parties

 YOLANDA REDRUP / Tuesday, February 4, 2014

 

The federal Coalition has come out on top in the donation stakes, with big businesses and wealthy individuals contributing more than $10 million to the party.

Most small businesses can’t spare hundreds of thousands of dollars to donate to their preferred political party, as cash flow concerns and rising business costs prevent extraneous expenses.

Big businesses, however, were willing contributors to the 2013 election, as corporates gave handouts to the Liberal and Labor parties in the lead up to last year’s election.

The Australian Hotels Association and Kerry Packer’s widow, Roslyn Packer, were the biggest donors.

Packer donated $580,000 to the Coalition, while the Victorian branch of the AHA donated more than $400,000.

Other major donors included Village Roadshow, which donated $315,004, and Pratt Holdings, which donated $250,000.

Had the election been judged on donations, rather than votes, the Liberal Party’s landslide victory would have been even more pronounced.

The Liberal Party secured more than double the donations of the Labor Party, with the Coalition receiving around $13 million and Labor recording under $5 million.

Westfield, Cabcharge Australia, Macquarie Group, Hancock Prospecting, NSW Clubs, Minara Resources and NAB all also contributed upwards of $100,000 to the Liberals.

Many of these businesses also contributed smaller amounts to the Labor Party, hedging their bets in case of a surprise victory.

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting donated over $108,000 to the Coalition, but spent only half of this supporting Labor.

Woodside Energy gave approximately $50,000 less to the Labor Party and Macquarie Group donated around $62,000 less to Labor.

One outlier in the trend was Inghams Enterprises, which gave both major parties $250,000.

While the Labor Party found donations comparatively hard to come by in 2013, it found new support from a Chinese businessman, Huang Changran.

Huang donated $150,000 of his own money to the New South Wales Labor Party, while his company Yuhu Group contributed donated a further $100,000.

Clive Palmer, despite running in the 2013 election, donated around $42,000 to the Liberal National Party, which he says came from his wife who attended a dinner with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Despite the major donations from the corporate world, the Coalition government has so far been strict on not supporting businesses in need of a bailout.

Last year GM Holden announced it would be closing its manufacturing division in Australia 2017, while in January the Coalition said it would not give SPC Ardmona the $25 million it had been asking for.

 

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Australian political donations: Who gave how much?

Australian political donations: Who gave how much?

The Australian Electoral Commission has released the declared donations given to political parties in the 2012-13 financial year, with the Liberal Party receiving four times more than the ALP. Search the full dataset to see who gave how much to the parties.

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Donor rules: Parties are required by law to provide details on all donations above $12,100.

About the data: This dataset does not include funds received via political parties’ “associated entities” such as the Cormack Foundation and John Curtin House, which direct funds to the Liberals and ALP respectively. (Data source: AEC)

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Summary of donations to all parties – 2012-13
Donor Recipient Amount ($AUD)
Mrs Roslyn Packer Liberal Party of Australia 580000
AUSTRALIAN HOTELS & HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION INC. Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 306250
Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited Australian Labor Party (ALP) 250000
Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia 250000
Pratt Holdings P/L Liberal Party of Australia 250000
Regional Express Holdings Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 250000
Washington H Soul Pattinson and Company Limited Liberal Party of Australia 250000
The Eros Association Australian Sex Party 232089
J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 206750
Balmoral Pastoral Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 200000
Wei Wah International Trading Pty Ltd ALP NSW 200000
Westfield Group ALP- Australian Labor Party 152000
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch 150482
Huang Changran ALP NSW 150000
Australian Hotels Association – Federal Office Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 150000
Australian Hotels Association – Federal Office Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 150000
Furama Pty Ltd ATF Pearson Street Unit Trust Liberal Party of Australia (W.A. Division) 150000
Luo Chuangxiong ALP NSW 150000
Steve Nolan Constructions P/L Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 150000
Viterra Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 150000
Westfield Group LIB – Liberal Party of Australia 150000
Manildra Group NAT 143096
Visa AP (Australia) Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 139000
Macquarie Telecom Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 126633
Village Roadshow Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Federal Secretariat) 120000
Woodside Energy Limited Liberal Party of Australia 120000
National Australia Bank Limited Liberal Party of Australia 110000
Woodside Energy Limited Australian Labor Party (ALP) 110000
Village Roadshow Limited Liberal Party of Australia (VIC Division) (paid to Enterprise 50 109500
Mr Paul Espie Liberal Party of Australia 105685
Minara Resources Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 105000
Mr Michael J Crouch Liberal Party of Australia 105000
AUSTRALIAN HOTELS & HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION INC. Liberal Party of Australia 104000
Cabcharge Australia Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 100000
Darwin International Airport Hotel Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 100000
Halikos Pty Ltd CLP-NT 100000
Jeld-Wen Australia P/L Liberal National Party of Queensland 100000
Mr Norman Pater The Greens (WA) Inc 100000
NT House Pty Ltd LIB-WA 100000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-ACT- Federal Secretariat 100000
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Queensland) Katter’s Australian Party 100000
Trepang Services Liberal Party of Australia 100000
Virtual Genius Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 100000
Yuhu Group (Australia) Pty Ltd ALP NSW 100000
Gainsdale Pty Ltd Australian Stable Population Party 95920
Regional Express Holdings Ltd National Party of Australia 95700
Ramsay Health Care Limited Liberal Party of Australia 95000
Jefferson Investments Pty Limited Australian Labor Party (ALP) 91000
Halikos Pty Ltd ALP-NT 90000
Macquarie Group Limited Australian Labor Party (ALP) 88983
Macquarie Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia 87330
Jefferson Investments Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia 86250
ANZ Banking Group Limited Australia Labor Party (ALP) 80000
ANZ Banking Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia (LIB) 80000
IM Group Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 80000
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Liberal Party of Australia 78056
Visa AP (Australia) Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 76390
Australian Fuel Distributors Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 75000
Mulloway Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 75000
Mr Stuart Smith CEC 73000
Westpac Banking Corporation Australian Labor Party (ALP) 69450
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-ACT – National Secretariat 69000
Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Limited ALP-FED 65738
Sixmilebridge Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia Lib-Fed 65000
Mr Ian Wall Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 64065
Mrs Pamela Wall Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 64065
Springfield Land Corporation ATF Springfield Development Trust Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 63250
Woodside Energy Limited Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 61150
Willimbury Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia 61000
Maurice Blackburn Australian Labor Party (ALP) 60780
Manildra Group LIB 60000
Personnel Contracting Pty Ltd Australian Christians – ACH 60000
Lion Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 59320
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Australian Labor Party (ALP) 58808
Manildra Group ALP 57475
National Australia Bank Limited Australian Labor Party (ALP) 56850
Philip Morris Limited Liberal Party of Australia 56000
Hancock Coal Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 55000
Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd National Party of Australia 55000
KPMG Australia Liberal Party of Australia 55000
Mr Ian Wall Liberal Party of Australia 55000
Mrs Pamela Wall Liberal Party of Australia 55000
Randazzo C & G Development Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 52000
Crown Limited Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 51750
Woolworths Limited Australian Labor Party (ALP) 50950
Santos Limited ALP-FED 50829
Ms Jacintha Brown Rise Up Australia Party 50100
Australian Fuel Distributors Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 50000
Douglas Kefford Capital Pty Ltd National Party of Australia – Victoria 50000
Electrical Trades Union Australian Greens, Victorian Branch 50000
Electrical Trades Union Katter’s Australian Party 50000
Group Administration Australia Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 50000
Mineral Resources Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 50000
Mowburn Nominees Liberal National Party of Queensland 50000
Mowburn Nominees National Party of Australia 50000
Mr Darryl Moore Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 50000
Mr John Halikos CLP-NT 50000
Mr Peter Edwards Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 50000
Mr William Chiu ALP – NSW 50000
Norwent 2 Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 50000
OGNIS Pty Ltd NSW Nationals – NAT-NSW 50000
Randazzo C & G Development Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 50000
Rusca Bros Mining Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 50000
Sovori Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 50000
Steve Nolan Constructions P/L Liberal Party of Australia 50000
Trepang Services Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 50000
Village Roadshow Film Administration Management Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (VIC Division) (paid to Enterprise 50 50000
Viterra Ltd National Party of Australia 50000
Woodside Energy Limited Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 50000
Schaffer Corporation Limited LIB-WA 47500
Sandfire Resources NL Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 45000
Hancock Coal Pty Ltd National Party of Australia 44880
The Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 44000
Ernst & Young LIberal Party of Australia (WA) 43950
Mr Clive Frederick Palmer Liberal National Party of Queensland / LNP-QLD 43300
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia ALP-FED 41500
New South Wales Minerals Council Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 41000
Pfizer Australia Pty Limited ALP-Federal 40450
AIMS HOME LOANS PTY LTD Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 40000
Meriton Property Services Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 40000
NSW Amateur Pistol Association Inc. Shooters and Fishers Party 40000
Regional Express Holdings Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 40000
Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia LIB-NSW 39302
PERRON GROUP TRUST Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 39000
KPMG Australia Australian Labor Party (ALP) 37540
Origin Energy LIB-FED 36785
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia LIB-VIC 36635
Caltex Australia Limited ALP 36287
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Limited ALP 36000
Village Roadshow Limited Liberal Party of Australia (VIC Division) 35504
Lion Pty Ltd National Party of Australia 35317
FJM Equities Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 35000
Macquarie Group Limited Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 35000
Ms Cate Faehrmann The Greens NSW 34654
Mr Mark Gareth Creasy Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 34500
Estate Christine Fogg The Greens NSW 34369
Santos Limited LIB-SA 34367
Medicines Australia Ltd ALP National Secretariat – ALP 33716
26 Summers Pty Ltd Australian Stable Population Party 33000
J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd LNP – FDC 33000
Ms Ruth Greble The Greens (WA) Inc 32650
Pfizer Australia Pty Limited Lib-Federal 32075
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia LIB-FED 31600
Joondanna Investments Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 31300
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) Australian Labor Party (SA Branch) ALP-SA 30620
Woolworths Limited Liberal Party of Australia 30600
Mr Paul Ramsay Liberal Party of Australia 30550
Jon Fogarty Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 30100
88 Terrace Road Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (WA Div) Inc – LIB-WA 30000
Electrical Trades Union Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 30000
Goldtime Holdings Pty Ltd National Party of Australia (WA) Inc 30000
Jape Kong Su Nominees Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 30000
Mr Hugh Maclachlan Liberal Party of Australia 30000
NEC IT Services Australia Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 30000
Northern Star Resources Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 30000
PERRON GROUP TRUST Liberal Party of Australia 30000
Talrile Property Trust Liberal National Party of Queensland 30000
Tarcila Resources Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) 30000
Verona Capital Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 30000
Allianz Australia Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 29710
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-NSW – Millennium Forum of New South Wales Federal Account 29600
AGL Energy Limited LIB-VIC 29220
Medical Technology Association of Australia Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 29000
Tarcila Resources Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 28000
Patersons Securities Limited Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 27750
Bensons Property Group Pty Ltd Lib-Vic (Higgins 200 Club) 27500
MSD Australian Labor Party (ALP) 27500
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Limited LIB 27500
Pacific Equity Partners Pty Limited ALP-FED 27500
Medicines Australia Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division – LIB-NSW 27380
Pindan Pty Ltd AFT Chamois Unit Trust National Party of Australia (WA) Inc (NAT-WA) 27200
Brookfield Australia Investments Group Australian Labor Party (ALP) 27000
Novotel Sydney Olympic Park Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 27000
Woodside Energy Limited National Party of Australia (WA) Inc 27000
Herbert Smith Freehills Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 26598
Perth Airport Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 26215
Australian Outback Travel Company Pty Ltd LIB-NSW 26200
Sovori Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 26000
Philip Morris Limited National Party of Australia 25880
Insurance Australia Group Limited Australian Labor Party (ALP) – ALP 25250
Accomodation Association of Australia Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 25000
Australian Hotels Association – Federal Office Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 25000
BDH Nominees Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 25000
Birchley Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 25000
Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association AFLP. Aust Fishing & Lifestyle Party 25000
CEPU Electrical Division NSW Branch ALP-NSW 25000
Decket Pty Ltd LIB 25000
Directhaul Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 25000
Energy Australia Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (VIC Division) 25000
First Exar Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 25000
Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Limited LIB-VIC (Enterprise 500) 25000
Hanssen Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 25000
Insurance Council of Australia ALP – Business Forum ALP Federal 25000
Jape Kong Su Nominees Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 25000
Mr Duncan Andrews Liberal Party of Australia 25000
Mr Richard Cavill Liberal Party of Australia 25000
Pascalis Peter Zaparas Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 25000
Paspaley Pearling Company Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 25000
Paspaley Pearling Company Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 25000
Southern Quarries Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) 25000
Sub Divide Pty Ltd LNP QLD 25000
The Sun Foundation Australian Labor Party (ALP) 25000
Wembley Lakes Estates Two Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (WA Div) Inc – LIB-WA 25000
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia NAT-FED 24870
Westpac Banking Corporation Liberal Party of Australia 24537
Kalidonis Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 24000
North West Constructions Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 24000
Senator Lee Rhiannon The Greens NSW 23918
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia ALP-VIC 23520
Mr Michael J Crouch Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 23500
Suncorp Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 23500
Crown Limited Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 23100
Southern Quarries Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 23000
Terrace Properties & Investments Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 23000
Barton Deakin Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia – NSW 22960
Energy Australia Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party 22900
AUSTRALIAN HOTELS & HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION INC. Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 22700
J Hutchinson Pty Ltd Liberal National Party of Queensland 22500
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Nationals (WA) 22331
AMP Services Ltd LIB – Menzies Research Centre 22000
Brookfield Australia Investments Group LIB-NSW 22000
Holding Redlich ALP – National Secretariat Business Forum 22000
Village Roadshow Limited Australian Labor Party (National Secretariat) 22000
Crown Limited Liberal Party of Australia 21948
Mrs Eva Curran Liberal Party of Australia 21390
Swick Mining Services Liberal Party of Australia 21364
ALH Group Pty Ltd LIB 21270
Springfield Land Corporation ATF Springfield Development Trust Liberal National Party of Queensland 21200
Westpac Banking Corporation Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 21100
Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 21000
Finbar Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia (WA Div) Inc – LIB-WA 21000
Macquarie Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 20700
Allianz Australia Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 20550
Mr and Ms Jeffrey and Janice Hardwick Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 20403
Macquarie Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 20095
Mr John Kaye GRN-NSW 20062
Dominic Roche National Party of Australia 20000
AHL Administration Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 20000
AMP Services Ltd ALP – Chifley Research Centre 20000
AUSTRALIA KINGOLD INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT CO. PTY. LTD. Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 20000
CBD Energy Limited Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 20000
Crown Group Holdings Pty Ltd ALP-FED 20000
CSG Limited Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 20000
CSG Limited Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 20000
Eastern Australia Agriculture Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 20000
Greentree Farming Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 20000
Karara Mining Ltd ALP-VIC 20000
Morandini Investments P/Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory Branch) 20000
Morandini Investments P/Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 20000
Mr and Mrs Raphael and Fiona Geminder Lib 20000
Mr Doug Dickinson LIB-TAS 20000
Mr John Grant LIB-FED 20000
Mr Paul Dainty Liberal Party of Australia 20000
NATIONAL ROADS & MOTORISTS’ ASSOCIATION LIMITED Australian Labor Party (ALP) 20000
North West Constructions Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 20000
Northrock Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 20000
Phebra Pty Ltd Liberal National Party of Queensland 20000
Rebkin Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 20000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-NSW 20000
Seth Pty Ltd Trading as Chin & Associates NT QLD CLP-NT 20000
Western Areas NL Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 20000
Wyllie Group Pty Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 20000
Pricewaterhousecoopers Liberal Party of Australia – VIC Branch 19607
Mr JOHN CHARDON Liberal National Party of Queensland 19500
Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Limited LIB-NSW 19293
Beechwood Homes (NSW) Pty Ltd LIB-NSW – Ray King Fundraiser 19200
Santos Limited ALP-SA 18590
Macquarie Group Limited Liberal National Party of Queensland 18400
Technology One Limited Liberal National Party of Queensland 18400
Santos Limited LNP-QLD 18303
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) Liberal Party of Australia (SA) LIB-SA 18240
Pricewaterhousecoopers Australian Labor Party – NSW Branch 18170
Macquarie Group Limited Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 18150
Rohanna Pty Ltd as trustee for the Skippers Unit Trust Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 18090
Estate of Judith Catherine Iltis Australian Greens, Australian Capital Territory Branch (GRN-ACT) 18000
Mr Paul Alafaci LNP-QLD 18000
Mr David Shoebridge GRN-NSW 17968
Jefferson Investments Pty Limited Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 17800
Eli Lilly Australia Pty Ltd ALP 17650
Australian Lottery Company Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 17500
Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 17500
White Internet Pty Limited Liberal NSW – John Howard Fundraiser The Westin 17500
Healthscope Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 17200
Mr Peter Mason Liberal Party of Australia 17200
Bouddi Trust GRN-ACT 17000
Sitzler Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 17000
Caltex Australia Limited LNP-QLD 16950
Woolworths Limited National Party of Australia 16800
Philip Morris Limited Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 16760
National Australia Bank Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 16610
CUB Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 16500
Macquarie Group Limited National Party of Australia 16500
Mayfair College Pty Ltd LNP QLD 16500
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Nationals Federal 16500
The Mantle Family Trust LNP QLD 16500
Gimbells Investments Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 16499
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Nats (WA) 16340
AGL Energy Limited ALP-SA 16238
Servcorp Administration Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 16000
Mr Alfred Moufarrige Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 15700
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Liberal National Party of Queensland 15650
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-NSW – NSW Division 15500
Westpac Banking Corporation Liberal National Party of Queensland 15500
Westpac Banking Corporation National Party of Australia 15400
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia LIB-VIC Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 15330
MSD Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 15175
Allens LIB-NSW 15000
Batrob Investments Pty Ltd CLP 15000
CGA Mining Limited LIB-WA – Cottesloe Liberal Campaign 15000
Dear Sir Brendan Rice Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 15000
Delmat Distributors pty ltd Australian Sex Party 15000
DJ Partners Pty Ltd LNP-QLD 15000
DPCA Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 15000
Fannie Bay Investments Pty Ltd Country Liberal Party (CLP-NT) 15000
FPC30 Ltd t/a FPC Green Energy LNP-QLD 15000
Mineral Resources Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 15000
Mr Harold Mitchell Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 15000
Mr Leigh Clifford Liberal Party of Australia 15000
Mr Richard Penn Liberal Party of Australia 15000
Mrs Heather Penn Liberal Party of Australia 15000
NT House Pty Ltd National Party of Australia 15000
Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 15000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-NSW – NSW Branch Federal Campaign Account 15000
Rusca Bros Mining Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 15000
Transcontinental Group Liberal Party of Australia 15000
United Petroleum Pty Ltd LIB-VIC 15000
Universal Trade Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 15000
Win Kwong Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 15000
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia LIB-NSW 14830
Seven West Media Limited National Party of Australia 14740
Macquarie Group Limited Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 14700
Insurance Australia Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) – LIB-VIC 14640
Gazcorp Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 14500
Australian Automobile Association Australian Labor Party (ALP) 14364
Beach Energy Limited Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 14300
Lance Chapman Australian Greens, Australian Capital Territory Branch 14250
Mr Hugh Maclachlan Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 14170
Employers Mutual Limited Liberal Party of Australia / LIB-NSW 14100
George and Maren Lee Rise Up Australia Party 14000
GRA Everingham Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Aus-WA – LIB-WA 14000
Ms Anne Law ONA 14000
New South Wales Minerals Council Ltd Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 14000
ResMed Limited LIB-NSW – Liberal Party of Australia NSW Division 14000
Mr Vythlingam Tharmalingam LIB-VIC 13765
Insurance Australia Group Limited Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) – ALP-VIC 13750
Medicines Australia Ltd The Nationals Federal Secretariat – NAT 13640
GRA Everingham Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Aus – LIB-WA 13400
Pfizer Australia Pty Limited Nats-Federal 13368
National Australia Bank Limited Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc 13300
Arrow Energy Pty Ltd National Party of Australia 13200
Retail Guild of Australia Inc LNP 13200
Westpac Banking Corporation Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 13200
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Nationals (Fed) 13190
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 13160
Westpac Banking Corporation Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) 13130
Liveris Holdings Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 13000
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Limited LIB-NSW 12990
Coleman Printing Group Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 12980
Santos Limited LIB-FED 12950
Golden Mile Developments NT Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 12940
Insurance Australia Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia – LIB 12755
Herbert Smith Freehills Liberal Party of Australia 12750
Crown Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 12730
Healthscope Ltd Liberal National Party of Queensland 12550
BDH Nominees Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 12500
Mr Gregory Austin ALP-TAS 12500
Mr Gregory Austin Australian Labor Party (Tasmanian Branch) 12500
Mr Warren Malcolm The Secular Party of Australia 12500
Northpoint Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 12500
Northpoint Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 12500
Vector Resources Limited Liberal Party of WA 12500
KPMG Australia Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 12460
Allianz Australia Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 12425
Servcorp Administration Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 12200
Brookfield Australia Investments Group Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 12000
GROCON PTY LTD Liberal National Party of Queensland 11600
Caltex Australia Limited LIB-NSW 11470
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 11407
Crown Limited Australian Labor Party (ALP) 11000
CUB Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (LIB) 11000
Deutsche Bank Liberal Party of Australia 11000
Financial Services Council Limited North Sydney Forum – LIB-NSW 11000
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-WA – WA Conference 11000
NATIONAL ROADS & MOTORISTS’ ASSOCIATION LIMITED National Party of Australia 11000
ResMed Limited LIB Liberal Party of Australia 11000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Liberal Party (Fed) 11000
Pricewaterhousecoopers Progressive Business Association – SA Branch 10785
Arrow Energy Pty Ltd Liberal National Party of Queensland 10700
Brookfield Australia Investments Group Liberal National Party of Queensland 10600
BC Iron Limited Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 10500
Seven West Media Limited Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 10500
Perth Airport Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 10100
Caltex Australia Limited NAT 10040
Santos Limited NAT-FED 10030
A&K (NT) Pty Ltd and Minegain Pty Ltd Country Liberals (Northern Territory) 10000
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Part NSW Division 10000
Brookfield Australia Investments Group Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 10000
Financial Planning Association of Australia Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 10000
Financial Services Council Limited Senator Mathias Corman Liberal Party Camp A/C – LIB-WA 10000
Insurance Council of Australia LNP-QLD – Planning Forum, QLD 10000
Insurance Council of Australia NAT – Federal National Forum 10000
Mr Paul Ramsay National Party of Australia 10000
Mr Robert G Gerard AO Sturt FEC – LIB-SA 10000
New South Wales Minerals Council Ltd Liberal National Party of Queensland 10000
Northern Star Resources Ltd National Party of Australia (WA) Inc 10000
Pindan Pty Ltd AFT Chamois Unit Trust Perth Liberal Party (LIB-WA) 10000
Pratt Holdings P/L Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 10000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-NSW – NSW Federal Campaign Account 10000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) NAT-NSW – National Party of Australia NSW 10000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Christopher Pyne (Lib Fed) 10000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Dunkley FEC (Libs Fed) 10000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Fairfax FDC (Libs Fed) 10000
The Gandel Group Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party – Isaacs 10000
The Gandel Group Pty Ltd Enterprise 500 Victoria 10000
The Gandel Group Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (Vic Div) Kooyong 200 Club 10000
Westfield Group LIB-VIC – Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 10000
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu National Party of Australia 9964
Arrow Energy Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 9900
Wilmar Sugar Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 9900
Australian Outback Travel Company Pty Ltd LIB-VIC 9500
GROCON PTY LTD Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 9250
Australian Hotels Association – Federal Office Liberal Party of Australia 9100
Seven West Media Limited Liberal Party of Australia 9100
Macquarie Group Limited Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) 9080
Mr Mark Gareth Creasy Australian Christians 9000
Allianz Australia Ltd Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 8800
Commonwealth Bank of Australia National Party of Australia 8800
CUB Pty Ltd National Party of Australia (NAT) 8800
Healthscope Ltd Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 8800
Medical Technology Association of Australia Ltd Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 8800
Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd LIB-TAS 8800
Energy Australia Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Vic Branch) 8755
Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd LIB-NSW 8500
Holding Redlich ALP-VIC 8400
Allianz Australia Ltd Liberal National Party of Queensland 8300
GRA Everingham Pty Ltd The National Party – NAT-WA 8280
AMP Services Ltd ALP 8250
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Australian Labor Party (ALP) 8250
Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd Liberal National Party of Queensland 8250
CMAX Communications Pty Ltd Ian Macfarlane, Member for Groom/Liberal Party of Australia 8000
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu National Party of Australia – N.S.W. 8000
MSD Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 8000
Woolworths Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 8000
Leighton Holdings Australian Labor Party (ALP) 7872
CMAX Communications Pty Ltd Mike Kelly, Member for Monaro/ALP 7817
CMAX Communications Pty Ltd Senator David Johnston, Liberal Party of Australia (WA Div) 7600
AUSTRALIAN HOTELS & HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION INC. National Party of Australia – Victoria 7570
Financial Services Council Limited Robertson Labor Campaign – ALP-NSW 7500
Insurance Australia Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmania Division – LIB-TAS 7300
Holding Redlich ALP-NSW 7293
Origin Energy LIB-SA 7200
Perth Airport Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 7080
Deutsche Bank Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 7000
GROCON PTY LTD Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 7000
Sixmilebridge Pty Limited Mackellar Business Forum (Liberal Party) 7000
Willimbury Pty Limited Mackellar Business Forum – LIB 7000
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NATIONAL ROADS & MOTORISTS’ ASSOCIATION LIMITED Liberal Party of Australia 6600
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Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-ACT – Federal Secretariat 6600
Lion Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (ALP) 6570
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Origin Energy ALP-QLD 6500
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NATIONAL ROADS & MOTORISTS’ ASSOCIATION LIMITED Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 6400
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J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd LNP Bowman FDC 5800
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Origin Energy LIB-VIC 5740
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Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LNP-QLD – LIberal National Party QLD 5500
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Casey Fed Election Conference (LIB) 5500
Southern Quarries Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 5500
Unions NSW ALP National Secretariat 5500
Woolworths Limited Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 5500
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party VIC – Enterprise 500 Victoria 5272
Mrs Eva Curran Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 5250
NATIONAL ROADS & MOTORISTS’ ASSOCIATION LIMITED Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 5240
CSR Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 5212
Retail Guild of Australia Inc ALP (WA) 5200
Origin Energy LNP-QLD 5080
AHL Administration Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 5000
AUSTRALIA KINGOLD INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT CO. PTY. LTD. Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 5000
Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 5000
Beach Energy Limited Liberal Party of Australia 5000
Employers Mutual Limited Liberal Party of Australia / LIB 5000
Financial Services Council Limited ALP-FED 5000
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia LIB-VIC Higgins Federal Electorate Conference 5000
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-WA – Dinner 2013 5000
Insurance Council of Australia LNP-QLD – Federal Budget reply 5000
Mr Alfred Moufarrige Liberal Party of Australia 5000
Mr Clive Frederick Palmer Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. / LIB-WA 5000
Mr John Grant LIB-NSW 5000
Mr John Uhrig LIB-SA – Andrew Southcott 5000
Mr John Uhrig LIB-SA – Christopher Pyne 5000
Mr John Uhrig LIB-SA – Matthew Williams 5000
Mr Mark Gareth Creasy Australian Labor Party (ALP) 5000
Mr Paul Darrouzet LNP – LNP Brisbane FDC 00260 5000
Mr Robert G Gerard AO Eden-Monaro FEC – LIB-NSW 5000
Mr Robert G Gerard AO Liberal Party of Australia – LIB 5000
Ramsay Health Care Limited National Party of Australia 5000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Eden Monaro FEC (Lib Fed) 5000
Santos Limited ALP-NT 5000
Seven West Media Limited Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) 5000
The Gandel Group Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party – Eden Monaro Federal Campaign 5000
Visa AP (Australia) Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 5000
Westfield Group ALP-QLD – Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 5000
Westfield Group ALP-WA – Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 5000
Westfield Group LIB-WA – Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 5000
Westpac Banking Corporation Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 5000
Wilmar Sugar Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia 5000
Macquarie Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 4950
ALH Group Pty Ltd LIB VIC 4700
Caltex Australia Limited NAT-NSW 4600
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia – VIC – LIB-VIC 4595
AUSTRALIAN HOTELS & HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION INC. National Party of Australia 4500
CSR Limited Australian Labor Party (Tasmanian Branch) 4500
ALH Group Pty Ltd LIB TAS 4400
Australian Automobile Association Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 4273
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) Liberal Party of Australia (SA) LIB 4150
CSR Limited Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 4091
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-VIC – Boardroom Policy Forum 4091
Advocacy Services Australia Limited ALP – WA 4075
Australian Automobile Association Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 4000
Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited Liberal Party of Australia 4000
Healthscope Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 4000
Pricewaterhousecoopers Liberal Party of Australia VIC Branch 4000
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – Fed: Annual Gala Dinner 4000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-NSW – LIberal Party of Aust. Paterson FEC 4000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Nationals (NSW Fed a/c) 4000
Woolworths Limited Liberal National Party of Queensland 3925
Financial Services Council Limited Progressive Bus. Assoc. – ALP-FED 3850
Pricewaterhousecoopers Liberal Party of Australia – QLD Branch 3800
Insurance Australia Group Limited National Party of Australia – NAT 3760
Financial Services Council Limited ALP NSW McMahon FEC – ALP-NSW 3600
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party SA – Norwood SEC 3500
Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd LIB-QLD 3500
Origin Energy ALP-FED 3500
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Enterprise 500 (Vic Lib) 3500
Tarcila Resources Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 3500
Westpac Banking Corporation Australian Labor Party (Tasmanian Branch) 3500
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party – SA – ALP-SA 3425
Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 3300
GRA Everingham Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party – ALP-ACT 3300
J Hutchinson Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 3300
Mr Alfred Moufarrige Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 3300
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-NSW – ALP McMahon Federal Campaign 3300
Santos Limited ALP-QLD 3300
GRA Everingham Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party – ALP-WA 3260
Deutsche Bank Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 3200
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party VIC Division – Flinders 3000
Crown Limited Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 3000
Insurance Council of Australia LNP-QLD – LNP Ryan Fund 3000
Mr Mark Gareth Creasy National Party of Australia 3000
MSD Liberal National Party of Queensland 3000
New South Wales Minerals Council Ltd National Party of Australia – N.S.W. 3000
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Limited LNP-Qld 3000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-NSW – Eden – Monaro Re – Election Campaign Federal Labor 3000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-NSW – NSW Branch Blaxland Federal Campaign 3000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-VIC – Liberal Party Melbourne Victorian Division 3000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) NAT-NSW – National Cowper Electorate Council 3000
Sixmilebridge Pty Limited New England FRC Nat-Fed 3000
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Deb O’Neill 3000
Willimbury Pty Limited National Party 3000
Technology One Limited Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 2900
Origin Energy ALP-SA 2750
MSD Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 2700
Retail Guild of Australia Inc ALP (FED) 2650
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia ALP-VIC Progressive Business 2640
Westpac Banking Corporation Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 2640
Seven West Media Limited Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 2610
Pricewaterhousecoopers Australian Labor Party – WA Branch 2607
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) Liberal Party of Australia Hindmarsh FEC LIB 2600
Pricewaterhousecoopers Liberal Party of Australia – SA Branch 2566
Deutsche Bank Australian Labor Party (ALP) 2550
Santos Limited ALP-WA 2550
CPA Australia Ltd Australian Labor Party 2500
CSR Limited Liberal Party of Australia 2500
Jefferson Investments Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 2500
Mr Paul Darrouzet LNP – LNP Moreton FDC 2500
Property Council of Australia Limited ALP – Fed: Federal Budget Night Dinner 2500
Santos Limited LIB-TAS 2500
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party – ALP 2460
Leighton Holdings Liberal Party of Australia 2450
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Limited ALP-QLD 2400
Philip Morris Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 2400
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party NSW Division – Paterson 2300
CSR Limited Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 2273
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-VIC – Evening brief – Hockey 2273
Financial Services Council Limited ALP National Secretariat – ALP-FED 2200
Jefferson Investments Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 2200
Karara Mining Ltd Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. 2200
Leighton Holdings Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 2200
Mr Paul Espie Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 2200
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-QLD – Queensland Party 2200
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-TAS – Tasmanian Division 2200
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Anthony Albanese 2200
Medicines Australia Ltd Sheraton on the Park – Plibersek function – ALP 2167
Westfield Group ALP-VIC – Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 2100
Medical Technology Association of Australia Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 2095
A&K (NT) Pty Ltd and Minegain Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch 2000
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party Tasmania 2000
Belford Productions Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia 2000
Groundworks Australia Pty Ltd ATF Groundworks Unit Trust LNP-QLD – Oxley FDC (federal fundraising) 2000
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-VIC – Annual Dinner 2012 2000
Insurance Council of Australia LNP-QLD – Prentice 2000
J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd LNP Wide Bay FDC 2000
Karara Mining Ltd National Party of Australia (WA) Inc 2000
Mr Paul Darrouzet LNP – Team Quirk LNP 2000
Mr Paul Ramsay Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 2000
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – Qld: Tim Mander Dinner 2000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP- NSW – Hunter Federal Campaign 2000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-NSW – Fowler Federal Campaign Account 2000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Casey FEC (Libs Fed) 2000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc R Sutton (Nats WA) 2000
Suncorp Group Limited Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 2000
Sundance Resources Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 2000
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Chris Hayes 2000
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Tanya Plibersek 2000
Westpac Banking Corporation National Party of Australia – N.S.W. 1950
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd Liberal National Party of Queensland – LNP-QLD 1900
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – ACT: Event at Parliament House 1900
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – QLD: Queensland State Budget Lunch 1900
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – QLD: Tim Mander/Bronwyn Bishop Dinner 1900
Washington H Soul Pattinson and Company Limited Liberal National Party of Queensland 1900
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-VIC – Boardroom Dinner Hockey 1818
Holding Redlich ALP-QLD 1817
Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia LIB-VIC 1758
Financial Services Council Limited Lindsay FEC – ALP-NSW 1700
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) ALP-NSW – Lindsay FEC 1700
Medicines Australia Ltd Sheraton on the Park – Bradbury function – ALP 1673
CPA Australia Ltd Liberal Party of Aust Tasmanian Divisn 1650
Financial Services Council Limited Liberal Party of Australia (TAS) – LIB-TAS 1650
Mr Scott Steven Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 1650
Pricewaterhousecoopers Progressive Business Association – VIC Branch 1650
PANORAMIC RESOURCES LIMITED Liberal Party of Australia 1601
Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia LIB-QLD 1600
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Susan Templeman 1600
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 1570
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 1550
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party – VIC – ALP-VIC 1550
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia ALP National Secretariat 1545
Accomodation Association of Australia Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 1500
CPA Australia Ltd Australian Labour Party 1500
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-WA – Dinner Cormann 1500
Mr Michael J Crouch Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 1500
Mr Peter Mason Australian Labor Party (ALP) 1500
Mr Robert de Roos Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 1500
MSD Liberal Party of Australia 1500
Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 1500
Perth Airport Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 1500
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – VIC: Boardroom Policy Forum 1500
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-VIC – Liberal Party Melbourne Vic 1500
Seven West Media Limited Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 1500
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Jason Clare 1500
Visa AP (Australia) Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 1500
Mrs Lynette Truss Liberal National Party of Queensland 1454
Medicines Australia Ltd Doltone House – Combet lunch – ALP 1416
CSR Limited National Party of Australia – Victoria 1364
Insurance Council of Australia ALP – Boardroom Dinner Bill Shorten 1364
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-VIC – Boardroom Dinner Robb 1364
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-VIC – Enterprise 500 Vic 1364
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia LIB-VIC Higgins 200 Club 1300
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Kooyong 200 1300
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – VIC: Annual State Post Budget Breakfast 1275
Suncorp Group Limited National Party of Australia 1210
Insurance Council of Australia NAT – National Budget 1200
Advocacy Services Australia Limited ALP VIC Branch 1150
Brookfield Australia Investments Group Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 1100
Energy Australia Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party (SA Branch) 1100
Macquarie Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 1100
Mr Michael J Crouch Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 1100
Pricewaterhousecoopers National Party of Australia – VIC Branch 1100
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – Qld: Federal Budget Reply Lunch 1100
Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia LIB-SA 1100
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Higgins Electorate (Fed Lib) 1100
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Nationals (Vic) 1100
The Gandel Group Pty Ltd Australian Labor Party – National Secretariat 1100
Westpac Banking Corporation Liberal Party of Australia – ACT Division 1050
CMAX Communications Pty Ltd Joel Fitzgibbon, Member for Hunter/ALP 1000
CPA Australia Ltd Australian Labour Party NSW Branch 1000
CUB Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (News South Wales Division) (LIB-NSW) 1000
Dr Robyn Apel LNP QLD 1000
Groundworks Australia Pty Ltd ATF Groundworks Unit Trust LNP-QLD – Ryan FDC (federal fundraising) 1000
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia LIB-QLD Dickson Account 1000
J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd LNP Fairfax DC 1000
Mr Paul Darrouzet LNP – Brisbane FDC 1000
Ms Su Mon Wong LNP-QLD Brisbane FDC 1000
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – NSW: Federal Budget Reply Dinner 1000
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – VIC: Budget Week Cocktail Party 1000
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) LIB-NSW – LIberal Party NSW Bradfield FEC 1000
Retail Guild of Australia Inc Dunkley Fec (Fed Lib) 1000
Santos Limited LIB-SA – Sturt FEC 1000
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Sen. Matt Thistlethwaite 1000
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Tony Burke 1000
Allianz Australia Ltd Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 990
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Dinner with P.M. 990
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) Liberal Party of Australia 985
Financial Services Council Limited Casey federal Electorate – LIB-VIC 950
Insurance Council of Australia ALP-NSW – Shadow Ministry Lunch 30 Nov 2012 (Fed campaign) 909
Insurance Council of Australia NAT-NSW – Boardroom Lunch (Fed Campaign) 909
Leighton Holdings National Party of Australia 909
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – David Bradbury 900
Westpac Banking Corporation Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division 850
Registered Clubs Association of NSW (t/as ClubsNSW) NAT-FED – National Party of Australia Federal Campaign 770
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party NSW Division – Lindsay 750
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party VIC Division 750
Mr Richard Penn Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 750
Mrs Heather Penn Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 750
Patersons Securities Limited Liberal Party of Australia – ACT Division 750
Westpac Banking Corporation Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch) 750
Wilmar Sugar Pty Limited Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 750
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-VIC – Raffle Tickets 728
Crown Group Holdings Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia 700
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Christina Keneally Dinner 700
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Laurie Ferguson 700
Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia LIB-WA 601
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – NSW: Parramatta Campaign Launch Dinner 600
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – Sub. Cont. Friends of Labour 600
Australian Outback Travel Company Pty Ltd LIB 597
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Liberal Party of Australia 595
Visa AP (Australia) Pty Ltd National Party of Australia 550
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia – LIB 500
GRA Everingham Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Aus-SA – LIB-SA 500
Mr Paul Franco Liberal National Party LNP-QLD (The Platinum Circle) 500
Mr Robert G Gerard AO S Marshall – LIB-SA 500
Origin Energy NAT-FED 500
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – NSW: 2013 Federal Budget Reply Dinner 500
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – Vic: Budget Week Dinner at Parliament House 500
Santos Limited LIB-NSW 500
Unions NSW ALP NSW Branch – McKell Dinner 500
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party NSW Division – Warringah 490
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – WA: Lunch with Tony Abbott 450
Mrs Roslyn Packer Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 400
Crown Group Holdings Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 380
Accomodation Association of Australia Liberal National Party of Queensland 350
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – NSW: Cook 200 Club Annual Membership 350
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party of NSW Division – Wentworth 328
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia LIB-VIC Kooyong Federal Electorate Conference 300
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – SA: SEC Twilight Gold Day 300
Australian Outback Travel Company Pty Ltd LIB-QLD 280
Macquarie Group Limited Liberal Party of Australia – ACT Division 275
Advocacy Services Australia Limited LIberal Party NSW Division – Cook 250
Ms Ruth Greble Australian Greens 250
Property Council of Australia Limited ALP – VIC: Donation to ALP Victoria Branch 250
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – SA: Auge Dinner 225
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd National Party of Australia – VIC – NAT-VIC 220
Insurance Australia Group Limited National Party of Australia – Victoria – NAT-VIC 220
Transfield Services Limited Liberal Party of Australia 220
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – VIC: Dinner celebrating 1992 Victory 200
Insurance Council of Australia LNP-QLD – Function attendance 182
Insurance Council of Australia LNP-QLD – QLD State Budget lunch 182
Advocacy Services Australia Limited National Party of Australia – NSW (NAT – NSW) 150
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – NSW: Federal Fundraising Dinner 150
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – SA: Luncheon with Marshall & Kennett 150
Vector Resources Limited Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) 150
Westpac Banking Corporation Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) 150
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – NSW: Tony Abbott Birthday Function 120
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia LIB-VIC Monash Club 110
Woolworths Limited National Party of Australia – Victoria 110
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – SA: Leadership on the Couch 100
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – WA: Campaign Raffle 100
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party NSW Division – Bradfield 95
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) Liberal Party of Australia LIB-SA 95
Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 95
Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd LIB-VIC 80
Insurance Council of Australia LIB-WA – Economic Forum 75
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party SA – Sturt FEC 70
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – SA: Pyne 20th event 70
Advocacy Services Australia Limited Liberal Party NSW Division – Cook 200 Club 60
Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) 50
Property Council of Australia Limited Lib – NSW 50

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IN NEWCASTLE …. was Jeff McCloy the “leader of the pack”?

In Newcastle anyway …

Jeffrey Raymond ‘Jeff’ McCloy is an Australian politician, who was Lord Mayor of Newcastle between 2012 and 2014. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Newcastle. Before entering politics, he ran his own construction company, which built John Hunter Hospital. In 2008 he won the Hunter Business Chamber 2008 Business Person of the Year, and in 2009 he won the City of Newcastle Medal.[1]

McCloy campaigned for the removal the rail line through the centre of Newcastle and, despite being nominally an independent, supported Liberal candidates in the Council ward elections.[2] Polling day in 2012 was marked by controversy when the running mate of an opposing candidate switched sides to support McCloy.[3]

 

Jeff McCloy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Jeff McCloy
Lord Mayor of Newcastle
In office
8 September 2012 – 17 August 2014
Deputy Brad Luke
Preceded by John Tate
Succeeded by Nuatali Nelmes
Personal details
Born BelmontNew South WalesAustralia
Political party Independent
Alma mater University of Newcastle
Occupation Chairman, McCloy Group
Engineer

Jeffrey Raymond ‘Jeff’ McCloy is an Australian property developer, who was Lord Mayor of Newcastle between 2012 and 2014. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Newcastle. Before entering politics, he ran his own construction company, which built John Hunter Hospital. In 2008 he won the Hunter Business Chamber 2008 Business Person of the Year, and in 2009 he won the City of Newcastle Medal.[1]

McCloy campaigned for the removal the rail line through the centre of Newcastle and, despite being nominally an independent, supported Liberal candidates in the Council ward elections.[2] Polling day in 2012 was marked by controversy when the running mate of an opposing candidate switched sides to support McCloy.[2]

In 2012, McCloy met the then Opposition Leader (and future Prime Minister of AustraliaTony Abbott to discuss the future of the Newcastle CBD.[3] In 2013, he held a joint press conference with Abbott and Newcastle victims of the Bali bombings in support of Abbott’s proposed legislation to assist victims of terrorism overseas.[4]

McCloy opposed rainbow crossings in support of Gay rights, referring to them as “nonsense”, and used council resources to remove them, despite claims they did not breach any laws. After Lake Macquarie and Cessnock councils expressed support for the rainbow crossings, McCloy attacked Cessnock as a “bloody mess” and threatened to arrange for Lake Macquarie City Council chambers to be “chalked with half a ton of chalk”.[5]

McCloy appeared at a hearing of the Independent Commission Against Corruption 14 August 2014 relating to Operation Spicer, an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct in relation to the 2011 elections in New South Wales.[6][7] He was recalled to give further evidence on Friday 12 September 2014.

Tim Owen, the Liberal member for Newcastle, and Andrew Cornwell, the Liberal member for Charlestown, each admitted accepting amounts of $10,000 from McCloy. As a result, both Owen and Cornwell resigned from parliament on 12 August 2014.

On 17 August 2014, McCloy resigned as Lord Mayor of Newcastle, effective immediately. He said his resignation was due to ongoing controversy over his appearance before the Independent Commission Against Corruption, which he said “may effect [sic] the proper functioning” of Newcastle City Council.[8]

In 2015, McCloy’s attempts to overturn part of a New South Wales Act of Parliament, enacted to prevent developers from making political donations, were rejected by the High Court of Australia.[9] The case was significant in Australian constitutional law, as it clarified the extent to which the Constitution of Australia provides an implied freedom of political communication, and expanded on the proportionality test developed in Lange v Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[10][11]

Contents

Corruption findings by Independent Commission Against Corruption

In 2016, The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption released a report[12] on their investigation codenamed Operation Spicer. Operation Spicer was an ‘Investigation into NSW Liberal Party Electoral Funding for the 2011 State Election Campaign and Other Matters’.

In 2011, Jeff McCloy, as a property developer, was a banned donor to parties and candidates in state elections as state governments have jurisdiction over land appropriations etc. in Australia. McCloy not only made political donations, he made so many large cash payments to Members of Parliament that he referred to himself in the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings as a ‘Walking ATM’.[13]

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption sought to prove that Jeff McCloy intentionally made covert payments to state government election candidates and that McCloy was aware that his donations were illegal because of his ‘developer’ status.

It was reported by the Sydney Morning Herald[14] that Cardiff vet Andrew Cornwell was in the middle of an operation on a dog when he was summoned outside by McCloy. McCloy handed Cornwell $10,000 in cash, cash that was later used to fund Cornwell’s state parliament election campaign.

On 30 August 2016, the Newcastle Herald reported that MCloy called Independent Commission Against Corruption ‘A $20m waste of time’. 47% of Fairfax’s online respondents agreed with McCloy’s view. McCloy described the factual findings against him as ‘a parking fine, a speeding fine’.[15]

Correlation between the corruption findings and McCloy Group developments

Listed in the ‘Principal Factual Findings[16] made by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption in regards to Operation Spicer are the below references to Jeff McCloy.

Finding Reference Group 1: Regarding The Seat of Port Stephens

Quote page 22 of the commission’s report: “In 2007, Craig Baumann, the NSW Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Port Stephens, entered into an arrangement with Mr McCloy and Mr (Hilton) Grugeon to disguise from the Election Funding Authority the fact that companies associated with Mr McCloy and Mr Grugeon had donated $79,684 towards Mr Baumann’s 2007 NSW election campaign.”

Finding Reference Group 1 Correlation with Development: Craig Baumann held the seat of Port Stephens in the NSW Parliament from 2007 to 2015. McCloy Group has developments within the Port Stephens state seat areas including The Bower (Medowie, NSW) and Potter’s Lane (Raymond Terrace, NSW)

Finding Reference Group 2: Regarding The State Seat of Newcastle

Quote page 20 of the commission’s report: “In about February 2011, Jeffrey McCloy gave Hugh Thomson $10,000 in cash as a political donation to fund Mr Owen’s 2011 election campaign for the seat of Newcastle with the intention of evading the Election Funding Act laws relating to the ban on the making of political donations by property developers and the applicable cap on political donations.

Quote page 21 of the commission’s report: “Mr (Mike) Gallacher was responsible for proposing to Mr McCloy and Mr (Hilton) Grugeon an arrangement whereby each of them would contribute to the payment of Luke Grant for his work on Mr Owen’s 2011 election campaign. He did so with the intention that the Election Funding Act laws in relation to the prohibition on political donations from property developers and the requirements for the disclosure of political donations to the Election Funding Authority would be evaded…”

Quote page 21 of the commission’s report: Mr Owen, Mr Thompson, Mr Grugeon and Mr McCloy were parties to an arrangement whereby payments totalling $19,875 made to Mr Grant for his work on Mr Owen’s 2011 election campaign were falsely attributed to services allegedly provided to companies operated by Mr McCloy and Mr Grugeon.

Finding Reference Group 2 Correlation with Development: Part a

Jeff McCloy and McCloy Group has ongoing commercial development concerns within the Newcastle State seat locality, including ‘City Exchange’ and ‘Telstra Civic’. Both sites will benefit significantly from the highly controversial Newcastle Transport Interchange and Light Rail due for completion in 2019, a major infrastructure project implemented by the NSW Liberal state government.

Finding Reference Group 2 Correlation with Development: Part b

McCloy Group’s ‘City Exchange’ is tenanted by a gym owned by Wests Group. Wests Group are a not-for-profit gambling entity that, according to its 2017 Annual Report[17]‘, made $143m in revenue in the year ending January 2017. As a group whose business interests are primarily involved in gambling, Wests Group are an illegal donor to political candidates in NSW, and as Lord Mayor of Newcastle and proprietor of McCloy group, incomes from Wests Group to Jeff McCloy or McCloy Group are considered indirect political donations.

Other Hunter Street property concerns

Relative to the highly controversial Newcastle Interchange, McCloy bought the Blackwoods property at Hannell St, Wickham in December 2006, the former Hunter Water headquarters at 591 Hunter Street in October 2007 (since subdivided, with the 591-address property sold and the 593-601 address retaining its heritage exterior), and a half shareholding of 356 Hunter Street in 2009.[18] 591 Hunter Street and 356 Hunter Street are multi-block buildings that are on the Light Rail route, planned for completion in 2019.

The Newcastle Herald reported that in late 2007, McCloy bought the former Toymasters building at 615 Hunter Street, which was sold by McCloy in 2009.[18]

As of December 2017, 615 Hunter Street is tenanted by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. The address 615 Hunter Street Newcastle West is on the Light Rail route.

Also in late 2007, McCloy bought ‘the former Churchills building’ at 633 Hunter Street Newcastle West, which he sold in February 2015.[18][19] In 2008, McCloy bought The Lucky Country Hotel, now known as The Lucky, which was one of only two of his Hunter Street purchases that saw development under his tenure.

Over a ten year spending spree which included Hunter Street properties plus other holdings (a commercial property in Brown Street, a stately ‘town’ home in Church Street and Bolton Street’s ‘Legacy House’ (now demolished and replaced with apartments) McCloy claims to have suffered $15.7 million in losses.[20]

References

  1. http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/council/elected_council/lord_mayor
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  11. Jump up^Twomey, Anne (2015-10-13). “Proportionality and the Constitution: Prof Anne Twomey”. Australian Law Reform Commission. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
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  20. Jump up^Kirkwood, Ian. “McCloy lays property interests on the table”. The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
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ICAC: Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy quits

ICAC: Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy quits, photos

 

ICAC: Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy quits

17 Aug 2014

Jeff McCloy: His time as lord mayor

THE Hunter’s political landscape has taken another dramatic turn with Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy resigning.

The lord mayor sent an official letter of resignation to Newcastle council general manager Ken Gouldthorp on Sunday after a week of intense pressure produced by the state corruption inquiry.

His resignation follows that of state Liberal MPs Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell, and a move to the crossbenches by Swansea MP Garry Edwards over donations made to their 2011 election campaigns by the millionaire developer. 

Jeff McCloy: His time as lord mayor

ICAC: August 2014 archive Operation Spicer

THE Hunter’s political landscape has taken another dramatic turn with Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy resigning.

The lord mayor sent an official letter of resignation to Newcastle council general manager Ken Gouldthorp on Sunday after a week of intense pressure produced by the state corruption inquiry.

His resignation follows that of state Liberal MPs Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell, and a move to the crossbenches by Swansea MP Garry Edwards over donations made to their 2011 election campaigns by the millionaire developer.

The Newcastle Herald can reveal that Mr McCloy has decided not to step aside from his role, but resign entirely, effective immediately, meaning the city’s residents will now be heading to the polls three times in the next seven months.

In his letter of resignation, Mr McCloy said the controversy surrounding donations he made to the 2011 election campaign ‘‘may  affect the proper functioning’’ of the council.

‘‘I believe that I am leaving the city in much better shape financially and physically than it was when I started,’’ he said.

‘‘I would like to personally thank the general manager and staff of Newcastle City Council and the thousands of Novocastrians who supported change in our city.

‘‘It has been a privilege serving the people of Newcastle, but now I will leave this to others.

‘‘I encourage the elected council to continue focusing on local issues of significance for the Newcastle community and the progression of our city,’’ he said.

Are you disappointed there will not be Liberal candidates in the upcoming state byelections? (Poll Closed)

Yes 55.25%

No 44.75%

The move means that the city’s deputy lord mayor, Liberal Brad Luke, will take over the mayoral reins until a byelection is held.

The Local Government Act requires that a fresh lord mayoral election be held because the position has been vacated more than 18months out from the next scheduled council election. Local Government Minister Paul Toole will be required to stage the election within three months.

Mr  McCloy’s move also follows news on Friday that Minister Toole was seeking legal avenues to remove the lord mayor after he admitted breaking political donations laws when he appeared before the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Thursday.

Then, Mr McCloy admitted to donating $9975 to the campaign of Newcastle Liberal Tim Owen, and $10,000 in cash to Charlestown Liberal Andrew Cornwell.

He also admitted to taking ‘‘about $1500’’ from his wallet and giving it to then-Liberal candidate for Swansea Garry Edwards, and writing a further cheque for $10,000 which was allegedly used to pay the wages of Liberal staffers running the Newcastle campaign.

Premier Mike Baird had also called on Mr McCloy to ‘‘do the honourable thing and resign’’ or face being removed from office by the beginning of next month.

General manager Ken Gouldthorp released a statement on Monday confirming it would be business as usual but the city would miss Mr McCloy’s leadership.

“Our focus remains on supporting the local community with the full range of council services,” he said.

Mr McCloy spent Sunday with his family and said he would not be making any further comment because the corruption inquiry was still proceeding, and he wanted the council to be spared from any more political turmoil.

Mr McCloy is due to travel overseas tomorrow on a long-planned two-week  family holiday.

The Herald understands that Mr McCloy will continue with a High Court bid to overturn the laws which prevent him being a political donor.

TO THE GENERAL MANAGER OF NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL & TO THE PEOPLE OF NEWCASTLE

The controversy surrounding donations I made in the lead-up to the 2011 NSW elections may affect the proper functioning of Newcastle City Council.

I, therefore, tender my resignation as lord mayor of Newcastle, effective immediately.

I believe that I am leaving the city in much better shape financially and physically than it was when I started.

I would like to personally thank the general manager and staff of Newcastle City Council and the thousands of Novocastrians who supported change in our city.

It has been a privilege serving the people of Newcastle, but now I will leave this to others.

I encourage the elected council to continue focusing on local issues of significance for the Newcastle community and the progression of the city.

Yours Sincerely

Jeff McCloy

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McCloy’s challenge rejected

A LARGE roadblock has cleared for the state’s corruption watchdog to release long-awaited findings of its inquiry into secret donations to Hunter Liberal MPs, with the High Court rejecting Jeff McCloy’s challenge to NSW election funding laws.

McCloy’s challenge rejected

Former Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy leaves the Independent Commission Against Corruption after giving evidence last year.

Former Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy leaves the Independent Commission Against Corruption after giving evidence last year.

A LARGE roadblock has cleared for the state’s corruption watchdog to release long-awaited findings of its inquiry into secret donations to Hunter Liberal MPs, with the High Court rejecting Jeff McCloy’s challenge to NSW election funding laws.

 

In a decision handed down on Wednesday, the court upheld the state’s ban on property developers making donations and caps on the amount of money that can be given for state campaigns, finding the measures limited political communication but did so for legitimate anti-corruption purposes.

Do you agree with the High Court decision that upholds the ban on political donations by developers in NSW? (Poll Closed)
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No 17.34%  (95 votes)

Total Votes: 548
The ruling was greeted by many as “good news for democracy” and sparked renewed calls for sweeping federal election funding reform and for the caps to be extended to local government.

 

But it is a major and expensive defeat for Mr McCloy.

 

Had he won, the laws would have been declared invalid, forcing the Independent Commission Against Corruption to abandon any findings it may possibly make against him over his secret support for Hunter Liberal candidates in the lead up to 2011 state election.

 

Instead, the former Newcastle lord mayor will have to pin his hopes on a separate Supreme Court push to prevent ICAC releasing its report, and in the meantime pick up a bill for legal fees of about $2 million.

 

He insisted on Wednesday he “wasn’t dirty on the world” and would move on.

 

Mr McCloy, who was in Queensland when the verdict was delivered, told the Newcastle Herald it “still beggars belief that some citizens of NSW aren’t allowed the same political rights as others” but he’d accept the High Court’s decision.

 

“I undertook this court case as I felt it was important to question the current law,” he said. “I believe that anyone, regardless of his or her position, should be entitled to participate in the democratic process.

 

“The High Court has ruled otherwise and I respect the decision.”

 

Mr McCloy launched the challenge against the State of NSW in July last year, a month ahead of his appearance before the ICAC’s Operation Spicer.

 

During that inquiry, Mr McCloy admitted to giving envelopes stuffed with $10,000 cash to then Liberal Newcastle and Charlestown candidates Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell.

He also gave at least $1500 to Swansea candidate Garry Edwards, and helped pay the wages of Mr Owen’s media manager.

 

All three were elected to Parliament, but were forced to resign or move to the cross bench over the revelations.

 

Mr McCloy’s legal team argued in the High Court that the donation caps of $5000 to a party or $2000 to a candidate, the developer ban, and a ban on “in kind” support for campaigns, were an impermissible burden on the implied freedom of political communication in the constitution.

 

This was because they removed his access to candidates and parties and ability to influence the political process that could be gained from making large donations – an argument Justice Stephen Gageler labelled “as perceptive as it is brazen”.

 

The court unanimously upheld the caps and indirect contributions ban, finding the provisions enhanced the system of representative government.

 

By a majority, it endorsed the developer ban as in the public interest of removing the risk and perception of corruption, noting a history in New South Wales of corruption involving developers and the role of the state government in making planning decisions that could serve their commercial interests.

 

The architect of the developer ban, Nathan Rees, who was rolled as Labor premier soon after introducing it in 2009, said he was delighted with the decision.

 

“Public confidence in our political system is not negotiable, ” Mr Rees said.

 

“Today’s decision is a necessary step for transparency and accountability in NSW.”

University of Sydney Professor of Constitutional Law Anne Twomey said Mr McCloy’s challenge could have brought down “the entire edifice” of NSW’s electoral funding system.

 

But the “reassuring” ruling meant there was “not an excuse any more” for other governments not to implement tighter electoral funding laws because of concerns that they may be unconstitutional.

Premier Mike Baird said  the decision opened the way for consideration of national reforms to political donations.

 Premier Mike Baird said the decision opened the way for consideration of national reforms to political donations.

Premier Mike Baird said: “The decision opens the way for consideration of national reforms to political donations laws at COAG.”

 

The Greens urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support a federal ban on donations from certain industries.

 

“A federally-legislated ban on political donations from developers, tobacco, alcohol, gambling and mining industries, which are perceived as having an inappropriate influence on decision makers, would help clean up politics,” Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

  NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

 NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley said the caps on state donations and campaign spending should be immediately extended to local government elections.

 

“It defies logic that Mike Baird and I can run for office and be subject to strict caps, while at the same time you can run for a ward of a suburban council without any limits on what you can raise and spend,” Mr Foley said.

 

Lake Macquarie independent MP Greg Piper said the decision was a good outcome for the public.

 

“While I respect Mr McCloy’s right to challenge the law that excludes developers from making political donations, I place more importance on the right of the public to have confidence in the integrity of the system,” he said.

 

All but one of the seven High Court justices ruled that Mr McCloy and his companies pick up the legal bill. Mr McCloy’s own costs are estimated at close to $1 million, while those incurred by the State of NSW are estimated to be about the same.

 

Mr McCloy confirmed that his Supreme Court challenge against the ICAC conduct of Operation Spicer, and in particular the alleged bias of Commissioner Megan Latham, would proceed.

 

It is listed for hearing in mid November.

 ICAC’s Operation Spicer revealed that developer Jeff McCloy made cash donations to the campaigns of three state Liberal candidates, and to two Liberal party campaign managers. NSW laws prevent developers from making political donations to state candidates.

 

McCloy launched a High Court challenge to the state ban on developer donations, and to the cap on donation amounts which are entirely legal at local government and federal elections.

 

The McCloy challenge was among several which have prevented the ICAC from releasing its Operation Spicer findings because, if it was successful, ICAC would have to abandon any findings against McCloy and the likes of Tim Owen, Andrew Cornwell and Garry Edwards.

 

The High Court has now dismissed the McCloy challenge, upholding the state’s current political donations laws.

 

ICAC’s final Operation Spicer report is now a step closer to public release, but among its remaining hurdles is a Supreme Court challenge from McCloy.

 

McCloy’s Supreme Court claim questions the impartiality of the ICAC and the alleged bias of its commissioner Megan Latham. It is set down for a November hearing.

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