This advice sets out the AEC's conclusions in relation to the matter described below:
Whether the Federal Member for Ryan, Mr Michael Johnson MP and the Liberal Party of Australia – Queensland Division met their financial disclosure obligations subsequent to the 2001 Federal Election in relation to an amount of $10 000 of campaign funds.
9 September 2003.
State Member for Logan, The Hon John Mickel MP, in a speech to the Queensland Parliament, called on the AEC to investigate possible inappropriate or lack of disclosure.
Divisions 4 and 5A, Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
The AEC reviewed the speech made by Mr Mickel, media reports and the relevant financial disclosure returns lodged. The AEC then sought and obtained a range of further relevant information both verbally and in writing.
After reviewing relevant information obtained the AEC has concluded that, based upon the information obtained, Mr Johnson and the Liberal Party of Australia – Queensland Division have met their disclosure obligations in relation to the amount of $10 000 at issue. The AEC does not have the authority to consider or arbitrate any internal party matters such as whether the handling of money has been done in accordance with party guidelines.
Date: 15 July 2004