66% of the Liberal Party's private income last election came from undisclosed Dark Money.
Over the past decade, Dark Money has increased as a proportion of the Liberal Party's total income.
49% of the Labor Party's private income last election came from undisclosed Dark Money.
Over the past decade, the proportion of Labor Party income from Dark Money has remained about steady.
70% of the Nationals private income in 2013-14 came from undisclosed Dark Money.
The total income of the Nationals - including Dark Money - is tiny compared to the income of the major parties.
85% of the Greens private income in 2013-14 came from undisclosed Dark Money.
The total income of the Greens - including Dark Money - is tiny compared to the income of the major parties.
Although there are some legitimate reasons why Dark Money may not be declared, it is a loophole that can be exploited.
Dark Money is hidden in three main ways...
Political parties have set up a range of "affiliated entities" or fundraising clubs - such as The Free Enterprise Foundation (Liberal) and Labor Holdings (ALP) - to obscure the origins of payments they receive.
Political parties use creative accounting techniques to classify payments as "other receipts" instead of "donations" - meaning they get mixed in with all other income like share dividends and service fees for reporting purposes.
Donations over $13,200 need to be disclosed, but by splitting payments into smaller chunks donors can avoid detection. These might be distributed between party state and territory branches, or staggered over different days. This is the biggest loophole for Dark Money.
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Authorised by Paul Oosting, 14/338 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000