The party links below show data for all electorates held by that party plus sources of revenue and political messaging associated with that party. The non-partisan options show results across all parties by the type of organisation reporting: party, associated entity, campaigner or by portfolio or electorate. These results are listed by income or spend desc.
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Payments from tax transparency list corps to political orgs includes donations & other receipts (subscriptions, rent, payment for services etc) to political parties, their associated entities, third parties, campaigners and political candidates.
I launched the domain AusGov.info at Linux Conference Australia in January 2018, however this work is the result of years devoted to programming and transparency work beginning in 2012 and progressively expanded and improved upon over the intervening years.
The pecuniary interests register data was originally supplied by icacpls however I have updated it manually (or not as time permits) for the past couple of years.
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The figures in this site are either raw data at line-item level or totals/percentages - which are the result of algorithms or joins (programmatic matches between two lists) - written by myself in MySQL, which in turn are based on open data provided by Australian government agencies.
This data ranges in quality between datasets, is updated at different intervals and is published to different standards and in different formats.
The data you see in this site is edited by myself (unused fields are removed, names of programs/agencies/entities are spelled consistently within & between datasets). Data cleaning is a significant job. All care has been taken to represent every single figure accurately, however mistakes can be made either by the entity providing data to the government, the agency providing the data back to the public or at my end as I further transform this data for use.
It is important to understand that while opinions and inferences can be made based on the data on this site, that the data is not in and of itself an inference or an opinion. Inferences and opinions using data in this site remain the legal responsibility of the author of those opinions.
Media and Journalism
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Unlock the budget, say data activists: goo.gl/H4Vhu via@grhutchens #ausbudget #ausecon — Peter Martin (@1petermartin) May 14, 2013Read article
The Hawke Government established the Australian Electoral Commssion as an independent office in 1984 and introduced annual reporting for political parties and their associated entities which is now online for public inspection from 1998 to the 2019-20 financial year.
Since 2006, entities referred to as 'third parties' by the AEC have been required to report sources of income and electoral spending. Third parties are entities which have spent more than the disclosure threshold -currently $14,300- in the relevant financial year.
More recently, the latest category 'political campaigners' was introduced which requires any entity with electoral spending of over half a million dollars over the past three years or $100 thousand over the past financial year if that amount was at least two-thirds of the revenue of the person or entity for that year.
While both third parties and campaigners have to provide their sources of income over the disclosure threshold, third parties only have to provide their total electoral spending whereas political campaigners have to provide a breakdown of that spending.
For the first time I extended analysis of AEC data to include payments to (and from) not only political parties but their associated entities, third parties, campaigners and candidates. Click on the links to see payments made, who get that money and explanation of who has to report under these definitions.
While this in itself is a radical step, to my knowlege not previously done, I then extended this analysis to integrate both the lobbyists and charities registers to show where organisations on either of those registers have made payments to any of the above-mentioned organisations or who are required to report to the AEC.
The lobbyist and charities registers provide both proper legal and trading name and ABN of both lobbyist and their clients, making it possible to match with ABNs in other datasets. It must be noted however that only half of the lobbyist clients have allowed the Attorney-General (who maintains the lobbyist register) to publish their ABN. This required additional manual matching, creating more work and increasing risk of human error. It also means that there could be lobbyist clients in receipt of grants and tenders which have not yet been picked up.
See here for the full list of lobbyists with the payments made to political entities or use the tables below for those which have recieved Commonwealth grants or tenders. You can view clients of each lobbyist by clicking on their name below and the icon to view grants or tenders. Lobbyists have been flagged if they appear in grants or tenders data since January 2018.
An offical source for breakdown of current lobbyist data is at this page.
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