No idea, no funders

11/05/2013

The Electoral Commission won’t be taking any action against the Labour Party for its failure to disclose a donation of more than $430,000.

Documents released by the Electoral Commission show the party received the sum from the estate of Brian Dalley in four instalments between April and July 2012.

The electoral law requires donations of more than $30,000 to be filed within 10 working days, but Labour only declared the donation on Thursday, 9 May.

Labour Party secretary Tim Barnett said it did not realise a bequest was actually classified as a donation and therefore had to be immediately declared to the commission. . .

The Commission accepted it was an honest mistake and so won’t be taking any action.

Ignorance of the law isn’t usually an acceptable defence. It’s not surprising that the Commission doesn’t think it’s worth pursuing the case when they don’t usually take action against electoral law transgressions.

What is more difficult to understand is how a party which wants to run the country doesn’t have a grasp of the laws needed to run itself.

The Commission has all parties’ donations returns here.

The only ones the Green Party disclosed are the tithes from its MPs.

The party will no doubt take pride in not having anyone outside its caucus willing to back it with more than $15,000.

But its a party with pretty flimsy foundations when its got less than a few thousand members and no-one prepared to put much money into supporting it.

This explains why they used more than $90,000 of public funds trying – and failing – to get enough signatures to force a referendum on asset sales – they don’t have any of their own funds.

Doesn’t that make the two parties a pretty pair – one doesn’t understand the rules and the other has to tithe its caucus to fund itself.

They’re a potential coalition with no idea and no funders.


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