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Hidden political donations hit record high

Federal political parties received $50 million in unexplained cash last year in another sign of the trend towards secretive donations.

The “hidden money” – revealed in new analysis that calls for tougher disclosure laws so voters can know the source of the funds – is more than three times the size of the donations claimed during the last financial year.

  • David Crowe
  • The Age

It takes the total value of unexplained finance to about $1.2 billion over two decades.

The analysis, from the not-for-profit Centre for Public Integrity, is based on documents released by the Australian Electoral Commission on February 1 under a regime that…

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