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Category Archives: political donations


When does lobbying become corruption?

Whether it’s Clive Palmer buying his way into parliament, the recent, varied ICAC revelations of dodgy fundraising in the NSW Liberal party, or the refusal or inability of successive governments to effectively tackle powerful corporate interests in industries like gambling, mining, media, and junk food, there is a feeling among many Australians that democracy is up for sale. Read more »

How Cathy McGowan won the donations race

The now-Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, appears to have raised the most in donations of any independent ever to have won in a federal election. McGowan, widely known for having put her disliked predecessor Sophie Mirabella out of a job, managed to raise Read more »