Political Donations Highlighted Again

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AAP – Political parties have taken $1 billion in donations from a range of business interests, renewing calls for reform.

The property and mining industries have been the most generous contributors to the $1 billion given to political parties.

The Greens’ Democracy for Sale website has categorised $995 million in donations between 1998 and 2015, with reported payments expected to top $1 billion in the 2015/16 financial year.

According to the analysis, the property industry has been the most generous sector chipping in more than $64 million, while resource companies had contributed almost $51 million.

Financial and insurance companies provided a further $37 million, while a rise in political interest among pharmaceutical and health organisations has led to $12.6 million being tipped in to party coffers.