All our levels of government, Federal, State and local councils are similar and report donations after elections.
We are soon to have local government elections and I just do not like not knowing before I vote about who has donated, never mind that more than one person with mates for the the same cause could donate in multiple amounts of $500 and it would not be reported.
While City of Melbourne is not my local council, a former Melbourne Lord Mayor received huge donations from the very property developer that built where we live. Are you surprised that the company received approval for a forest of apartment towers at Southbank? I am not saying anything lest I be sued, but it is not a good look.
This is a very messy business and be it trade unions, big business, small business or save the Dalai Lama Whale, donations are about influence in politics by people or organisations who can afford to, and to get favourable results once the person in elected. I can't afford to donate to influence and nor can you. It needs to stop. Now.
Crooks, liars, thieves and charlatans!
This from either the Victorian Electoral Commission which will conduct the local council elections, or City of Port Phillip. I can't remember now.
Within 40 days of Election Day, all candidates must submit to Council’s Chief Executive Officer an Election Campaign Donation Return. This will provide details of any gifts, goods or services worth $500 or more received during the donation period for use in connection with their election campaign. This applies to all candidates, whether elected or not, and whether they received campaign donations or not.