1996 Election Report: Funding and Disclosure

Updated: 9 October 2007

Funding and Disclosure

The funding and disclosure scheme was first introduced for the 1984 election. The scheme has two main parts:

  • public funding of election campaigns; and
  • disclosure of certain financial details by candidates, registered political parties and other persons and groups (returns are submitted to the AEC).

Election funding

To be eligible for election funding a candidate or Senate group must win at least 4% of the formal first preference vote in the division contested or the State. The amount to be paid is calculated by multiplying the number of votes won by the current election funding rate. The funding rate for the 1996 federal election was 157.594 cents per House of Representatives and Senate vote.

Payment procedures:

  • for candidates and Senate groups endorsed by registered political parties payments are made directly to their parties after the election
  • for independent candidates and Senate groups payments are made directly to their agent
  • payment is made by cheque in the fourth week after polling day
  • the AEC must pay at least 95% of funding entitlements based on the votes counted at the twentieth day after polling. Any balance (if full amount couldn't be paid in 20 days) is paid as soon as the full entitlement is known.
Total funding payments for this election are listed below:
Payee Amount $
Australian Labor Party 12 856 382.99
Liberal Party of Australia 12 489 503.44
National Party of Australia 2 997 271.54
Northern Territory Country Liberal Party 123 478.05
Australian Democrats 2 968 965.40
Australian Greens 281 830.06
The Greens (WA) Inc 165 918.12
Australians Against Further Immigration 27 567.92
No Aircraft Noise 23 929.07
Peter Andren (Calare NSW) 34 210.51
Irene Bolger (Batman VIC) 6 265.94
Ben Buckley (Gippsland VIC) 5 645.02
Graeme Campbell (Kalgoorlie WA) 34 505.21
Philip Cleary (Wills VIC) 27 968.21
Paul Filing (Moore WA) 44 971.02
Michael Gallagher (Berowra NSW) 7 933.28
Bryan Hilbert (Swan WA) 9 887.45
Terrence Larsen (New England NSW) 5 252.61
Robyn Loydell (Eden-Monaro NSW) 6 808.06
James Perrett (Gwydir NSW) 4 592.29
Allan Rocher (Curtin WA) 31 914.36
TOTAL 32 154 800.55

RECEIPT OF RETURNS

Following an election key participants in the electoral process are required to lodge with the AEC various returns disclosing election campaign transactions. A summary table of the returns is presented above.

All these returns are available for public inspection 24 weeks after polling day, that is from Monday 19 August 1996.

The Commission is required under subsection 17(2) of the CEA to prepare a separate report for the Minister on the operations of the funding and disclosure provisions in relation to the 1996 federal election. This report will be tabled in parliament.

Receipt of returns
Participant Type of return Time frame Date
Political parties electoral expenditure within 15 weeks after polling day Monday 17.6.96
Candidates donations received and electoral expenditure within 15 weeks after polling day Monday 17.6.96
Senate groups donations received and electoral expenditure within 15 weeks after polling day Monday 17.6.96
Third parties details of electoral expenditure, donations received, and donations made to candidates and others within 15 weeks after polling day Monday 17.6.96
Broadcasters electoral advertisements broadcast within 8 weeks after polling day Monday 29.4.96
Publishers electoral advertisements published within 8 weeks after polling day Monday 29.4.96

Registered political parties

Political parties must register with the AEC for federal elections. This is to fulfil legislative requirements under the funding and disclosure provisions of the CEA and to enable party names to appear on the ballot paper.

Some parties, such as the Australian Democrats, do not separately register their State and Territory branches, but such branches are nevertheless recognised as independent registered parties for funding and disclosure purposes.

For federal elections the register closes the day before the writ is issued. For the 1996 federal election the register closed on 28 January 1996.

Following is a list of parties registered for the 1996 election.
A Better Future For Our Children Liberal Party of Australia – ACT Division
ACT Green Democratic Alliance Liberal Party of Australia – Queensland Division
Advance Australia Party Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division
Australia's Indigenous Peoples Party Liberal Party of Australia NSW Division
Australian Bill of Rights Group National Party of Australia
Australian Christian Heritage-Christian Democratic Party National Party of Australia (Queensland)
Australian Democrats National Party of Australia (S.A.) Inc.
Australian Greens National Party of Australia (W.A.) Inc.
Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch) National Party of Australia – N.S.W.
Australian Labor Party (ALP) National Party of Australia – Tasmania
Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) National Party of Australia – Victoria
Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch Natural Law Party
Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) No Aircraft Noise
Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) Northern Territory Country Liberal Party
Australian Labor Party (Tasmanian Branch) One Australia Party
Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) Pensioner and Citizen Initiated Referendum Alliance
Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) Queensland Greens
Australian Shooters Party Reclaim Australia: Reduce Immigration
Australian Women's Party Republican Party of Australia
Australians Against Further Immigration Richmond/Clarence Greens
Call to Australia (Fred Nile) Group Sydney Greens
(7 State/Territory branches are registered as Call to Australia Tasmania Senate Team
(Fred Nile) Group Tasmanian Greens
Central Coast Green Party Tasmanian Independent Senator Brian Harradine Group
Democratic Labor Party (DLP) of Australia The ACT Greens
Green Alliance Senate – New South Wales The Australian Greens – Victoria
Grey Power The Federal Party of Australia
Illawarra Greens The Green Party South Australia
Independent EFF The Greens (WA) Inc
Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc. The Greens NSW
Liberal Party of Australia The Seniors
Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division) The Territory Green Party
Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) The Victorian Green Alliance
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