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Australian Electoral Commission

Australian Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn

2008-09 Annual Financial Disclosure Returns

Victor P Taffa

The Australian Electoral Commission has released the 2008-09 annual financial disclosure returns from political parties, associated entities, donors and third parties who engage in political expenditure.

The Australian Electoral Commission provided total figures disclosed in the four types of 2008-09 returns now released for public inspection. Those figures are repeated in the attached high level summary together with a breakdown showing the total amounts disclosed by the major party groups.

Apart from associated entities, the amounts disclosed are significantly less than for 2007-08 because that year covered a federal election and the Gippsland by-election. The only electoral events in 2008-09 were the by-elections in Lyne and Mayo.

High Level Summary Of 2008-09 Financial Disclosure Returns

Political Parties 

Party Group

Receipts
2007-08

$000

Receipts
2008-09

$000

Payments

2007-08

$000

Payments

2008-09

$000

Debts

2007-08
$000

Debts

2008-09
$000

ALP

111,640

42,918

111,100

43,793

10,572

10,261

Liberal

74,091

38,354

74,106

36,839

11,499

12,617

Nationals

14,586

5,240

14,106

5,351

967

786

Greens

10,461

3,400

8,329

3,872

293

295

Family First

685

84

769

121

374

204

Democrats

398

75

578

98

67

40

One Nation

77

98

133

76

2

2

Others

4,586

3,530

4,372

3,731

951

992

Total

216,524

93,699

213,493

93,880

24,726

25,195

Associated Entity Returns

Receipts
2007-08
$000

Receipts
2008-09

$000

Payments
2007-08

$000

Payments
2008-09

$000

Debts

2007-08

$000

Debts

2008-09

$000

702,561

716,801

658,192

659,609

107,545

100,010

Political Expenditure Returns

2007-08 – $51,333,987

2008-09 – $6,493,558

Donor Returns

2007-08 – $26,425,088

2008-09 – $10,294,507

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