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Palmer companies gave PUP $9.6m


Companies associated with Clive Palmer poured $9.6 million into his political party, as part of a $179 million windfall for all political parties last year.

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The Palmer United Party donations include nearly $6 million from besieged Queensland Nickel, which recently shed 237 workers just before going into voluntary administration.

Palmer’s mining company Mineralogy also donated $3.6 million to PUP, annual financial disclosure returns released by the Australian Electoral Commission on Monday show.

The Liberal Party was the biggest recipient of donations in 2014/15, reaping $75.9 million compared with Labor’s $65.8 million.

The Nationals received $11.2 million, including $10,780 from tobacco giant Philip Morris, while the Greens took in $9.4 million.

It was almost $100 million less than the previous year, in which a federal election was held and donations usually peak.

Palmer’s now closed Coolum resort gave the party $191,113, with $7775 coming from Palmer Leisure Pty Ltd.

Palmer himself donated $2000.

Treasurer Scott Morrison said Palmer, the member for the Queensland seat of Fairfax, was running “a very shabby show”.

“It’s all fallen apart. It’s all gone down the path that I think some of us always thought it would,” he told 2GB radio.

“There’s a warning in that: if it’s too good to be true it usually is and what he was promising and what he was saying … I think has been laid bare now.”

The biggest single contributor to Labor was the investment vehicle Labor Holdings ($2.8 million).

However, individual unions were significant backers and the peak body the ACTU chipped in $2.16 million for “political expenditure” including research, television advertising and other election-related material.

The Liberals received large donations from Brunswick Property ($600,000), software company Parakeelia ($500,000), Paul Marks ($325,000), Pratt Holdings ($200,000), Coles Group ($165,000) and Woodside Energy ($127,000).


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