The Labor Party

In 10 years, Labor has taken over $106 million from corporations.

This money has come from some of our most powerful businesses, like gas giant, Santos and Crown Casino, and most influential industries, like property development, professional lobbyists and coal and gas companies. These companies donate for a reason: favourable policy decisions. While the major parties continue to take money from big corporate interests, they will never be completely focused on what is good for Australian communities.

Fossil Fuel Industry

in FY2022
Labor:$ 962,660

Developers and Property Industry

in FY2022
Labor:$ 1,092,693

Banking and Finance Industry

in FY2022
Labor:$ 5,250,815

Pharmaceutical Corporations

in FY2022
Labor:$ 752,780

Gambling - Tobacco - Alcohol

in FY2022
Labor:$ 1,041,344

Defence Industry

in FY2022
Labor:$ 140,300

These are the industries seeking to influence the policy decisions of the Labor party:

Banking and Finance Industry86,510,41186.5
Developers and Property Industry34,540,75034.5
Energy and Resource Companies23,664,32623.7
Consultancies and Law Firms20,294,18820.3
Gambling - Tobacco - Alcohol19,336,67019.3
Pharma & Private Health Industry18,004,89018.0
Manufacturing and Heavy Industry15,153,36115.2

Media and Communications13,456,65013.5
Services & Retail Sector13,396,89513.4
Food and Agriculture9,371,1369.4
Lobbying Firms7,170,2847.2
Defence & Weapons Industry1,803,8081.8
Uncategorised Company1,650,6071.7

Cumulative totals to Labor between FY2012-13 – FY2021-22 (all ALP state and federal)

And then there’s the dark money…

As much as 55% of donations to political parties are not disclosed. In FY22, the source of around $119 million remains hidden.

Without reforms to require disclosure of this ‘dark money’, we don’t know who’s paying the big parties’ bills.

Loopholes in our donations laws allow the major parties to claim money received as “other receipts”, because it isn’t a ‘gift’, it is a contractual exchange such as a $10,000 a head ‘business lunch’ with lobbyists and industry.

Major parties employ sneaky tactics to hide the source of donations – like using a political front group (like Labor’s ‘1973 Foundation’) to host fundraising events. The corporate donor pays the front group and the front group then pays the political party to “wash the donations” and hide the influential donor.

Our lax donation laws allow donors to split donations between state and federal entities below the $14,500 donation cap.

That means over $100,000 can be donated each year without disclosure. If it’s below the disclosure limit, then the AEC has no legal power to investigate it.

Labor’s last decade of corporate donations

Cumulative totals to Coalition FY2013-FY2022 (Liberal and National Parties, state and federal). Explore and filter the raw AEC data ›
Banking and Finance category can include interest earned from investments and term deposits