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Grants

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Attorney Generals

Ministers responsible for the Attorney Generals Portfolio awarded 8.02% of grants to FAIRLY SAFE electorates

Grants

Official portrait of Jim Chalmers

RANKIN

Between Jan 2018 & April 2021 orgs in the SAFE electorate of RANKIN held by ALP MP Jim Chalmers received over $88.62 million in grants

Charities

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Wills

Based on ACNC data, in 2019 charities in the electorate of Wills held by ALP MP Peter Khalil declared over $487.86 million in revenue.

Franking Credits

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PARRAMATTA

In the 17-18 tax year, residents in the electorate of PARRAMATTA held by ALP MP Julie Owens received franking credits worth $61.54 million.

Political Parties

GREENS PARTY

Between 2013 and 2021 the GREENS PARTY declared $118,119,809 to the AEC.

Associated Entities

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MORNINGTON GOLD

Between 2013 and 2020 the LIBS-affiliated associated entity MORNINGTON GOLD declared $77,759 to the AEC.

Third Parties

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STATE SCHOOL TEACHERS UNION

Between 2013 and 2019 the un-affiliated 3rd party STATE SCHOOL TEACHERS UNION spent $39,804 on political messaging.

Campaigners

DICK SMITH

Between 2018 and 2020 the un-affiliated campaigner DICK SMITH spent $246,424 on political messaging.

Megacorps

ALCOA

Between 2013 and 2021 ALCOA declared $29,648,939,388 revenue, paid $2,126,440,794 in tax & paid $237,000 to political orgs.

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.


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Media and Journalism

The Guardian Innovation Australia The New Daily Eureka Street AusVotes 2019 Independent Australia Electronic Frontiers Australia Crikey Open Australia Foundation AOGPN blog Open Knowledge Foundation EGovAu Blog The Conversation IdeasHoist ABC PM Radio Power to Persuade Croakey International Budget Partnership Sydney Morning Herald Online Opinion New Matilda No Fibs Sunday Life Magazine
Bill McLennan

FORMER HEAD, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

I was impressed by the #Censusfail submission to this (Inquiry) Committee. It very clearly showed some good analysis that would have helped the ABS to run a better Census if it had done such research before developing the Census proposal. It also saved me from explaining the current thrust in government with the Government Data Linkage Project, and its likely links to the Census. Bill McLennan (Former Head of the ABS, Former Chairman United Nations Statistical Commission) in his Submission to the 2016 Inquiry.
Garry Brooke

FORMER DIRECTOR, APPROPRIATIONS MANAGEMENT TEAM, DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

I’ve worked with Rosie Williams on budget data transparency since November 2013. Rosie has developed her project into the best government data transparency initiative I know... continually updated and improved to make underlying data intelligible and to focus on key aspects for analysis. My interest has particularly been on the transparency of federal budget data.
Scott Ludlam

FORMER SENATOR, THE AUSTRALIAN GREENS

We could hear from digital rights organisations like the Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watchand Electronic Frontiers Australia and from specialist researchers like Rosie Williams and Asher Wolf, who have led the debate online.

Sleeping Giants

ADVERTISING ACTIVISM

In late 2018, Sleeping Giants Australia, 'a community initiative to make racism, bigotry, misogyny and climate change denial less profitable', used data I provided to them on the parliamentarians who have accepted subscriptions to Foxtel in their campaign against racism. Sky took umbridge at this campaign and Sleeping Giants & similar campaigns have been the focus of media commentary ever since. My Tweet was pictured in a front-page diatribe in The Australian against Denise Shrivell who The Australian claimed is resonsible for the Sleeping Giants Australia account.



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.

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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.

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The dialectical relationship between the Australian census and privacy legislation is about to take another turn.

Censusfail: Why It Happened And What It Means Now


The dialectical relationship between the Australian census and privacy legislation is about to take another turn.

Censusfail: Why It Happened And What It Means Now

The last census was incredibly controversial for reasons that have not been well articluted by the media. The bulk of the media only really came on board in great numbers when the census site went down and caught the attention of the entire country but the privacy sector had been running a campaign for months prior to this event.

My submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry that followed the debacle was effectively a research project that included the results (and data) for an online survey that drew over 500 responses from the public. The survey focused on peoples' experiences with the 2016 census and their feelings around the de-anonymisation of the census.

However, as the submission elaborates, while it took untill 2016 for the government to find an ABS Head willing to de-anonymise the census, this was far from the first time an Australian government had tried. All previous attempts had failed in the face of massive public backlash.

In fact, the formation of Commonwealth privacy legislation in Australia is directly intertwined with past attempts to de-anonymise the census.

It was as a result of the protests of the 1970's censuses, that the government formed the Australian Law Reform Commission to inquire into the balance between the collection and storage of personal information in Australian censuses and the right of the individual to privacy:

The ALRC received a wide-ranging reference on privacy from the federal Attorney-General in April 1976. At the same time, public controversy arose in relation to certain aspects of the census to be held on 30 June 1976, therefore, the Attorney-General requested that the implications of the census for individual privacy be taken into account in the Commission's general reference. The ALRC released a discussion paper Privacy and the Census (ALRC DP 8) in 1978 and its first report, Privacy and the Census (ALRC Report 12), was tabled in federal Parliament in November 1979. (Quote from the ALRC website.)

My submission traces this history back over four decades, placing the current state of affairs in an historical context of previously failed attempts through government documents and media stories of prior events reminiscent of those occurring more recently.

Far from being dismissed, my submission was cited twice in the Final Report to the Inquiry into the 2016 Census and received many endorsements, including from the former Head of the ABS, Bill McLennan who wrote this in his own submission to the Inquiry:

I was impressed by the #Censusfail submission to this Committee. It very clearly showed some good analysis that would have helped the ABS to run a better Census if it had done such research before developing the Census proposal. It also saved me from explaining the current thrust in government with the Government Data Linkage Project, and its likely links to the Census.

Despite the Parliamentary Inquiry in 2016, the government's advice on the legality of using personal information supplied with the 2016 census for purposes other than statistics was accepted. However, the government can not continue it's plan to integrate our administrative data to supply as research data without introducing a new law to make it legal. This law is The Data Sharing and Release Act.

The ABS would like you to know that it disagrees with my interpretation (which is based on arguments from former Heads of the ABS). Kanchan Dutt, Director, Transformation, Internal and Media Communications wrote to me earlier in the year in response to my article on the vulnerability exposed in ABS TableBuilder, claiming that:

Finally, the Data Sharing and Release Act will not override the Privacy Act. Any disclosure of personal information or personal which is authorised or required under Australian law meets the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles by virtue of the condition in Australian Privacy Principle 6 that the disclosure of information is authorised or required by another Australian law.

It appears to be the argument of the ABS, that given the Data Sharing and Relase Act will authorise the integration and access to administrative data that the Privacy Act 1988 allows this under Australian Privacy Principle 6 which allows disclosure where it is 'required or authorised by Australian law'.

To me this is nothing but a circular argument and underlines that this integration is not legally defensible without the new legislation but I'll let you make up your own mind.


The #CensusFail Submission





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Liberal Party Harnesses I360 Big Data In Time For 2019 Federal Election

What is the difference between spam and phishing and why does it matter?

Don't Be The Next Business To Fall Victim To A Data Breach


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Don't Be The Next Business To Fall Victim To A Data Breach

This article looks at the potential for collusion between the media and political parties, neither of which are covered by the Privacy Act.

Privacy, Media And Politics: What Are Our Rights?


This article looks at the potential for collusion between the media and political parties, neither of which are covered by the Privacy Act.

Privacy, Media And Politics: What Are Our Rights?

The OAIC is charged with governing both FOI and the Privacy Act. This article traces the early years of the OAIC as it weathers attempts to abolish the office by the Abbott Government.

Taking Over The Corporate Regulators


The OAIC is charged with governing both FOI and the Privacy Act. This article traces the early years of the OAIC as it weathers attempts to abolish the office by the Abbott Government.

Taking Over The Corporate Regulators

This article looks at the privacy and security issues like to arise with attempts to move election voting online or through the use of voting machines.

Deconstructing The Democracy Sausage


This article looks at the privacy and security issues like to arise with attempts to move election voting online or through the use of voting machines.

Deconstructing The Democracy Sausage

Never before has there been a more pressing need for a strong voice acting on our behalf on matters relating to our privacy.

Abbott And Turnbull: Opening The Door On Your Privacy


Never before has there been a more pressing need for a strong voice acting on our behalf on matters relating to our privacy.

Abbott And Turnbull: Opening The Door On Your Privacy

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