The Guild has again shown itself to be a giant among political donors, significantly boosting its contribution to Labor in the last financial year
The Australian Electoral Commission has released figures from the 2017-18 financial year which outline donations from organisations and individuals to political parties.
The Australian Financial Review ranks the Pharmacy Guild as the fourteenth-largest donor entity in this time period.
The biggest beneficiary was Labor, with the Guild handing over $40,130 to the ALP. It also donated $47,385 to the ALP’s Victorian branch, $40,130 to its NSW branch, $22,000 to WA, and $13,750 to the Queensland branch.
Altogether, the Pharmacy Guild donated $139,542 to Labor – up more than $30,000 from last year’s total of $108,810.
The Liberals didn’t miss out either, though their total was down on the previous year’s. In 2017-18, the Guild donated a total of $43,279 to the Liberal Party: $16,500 to the Tasmanian branch and $26,779 to the Victorian branch.
This was a drop from the previous year’s total of $75,135.
Meanwhile the Nationals were given $37,620 – up from the previous year’s total of $29,000.
All up the Guild donated $220,441 to the three parties – again, up from last year’s total of $212,935.
Other donors of note included Ramsay Health, which handed $55,250 to the ALP, and 10,850 to the National Party of Australia, for a total spend of $66,100.
Meanwhile the Friendlies Society Medical Association donated a total of $31,096: of this, $19,096 went to the ALP’s South Australian branch, and $12,000 to the Liberal Party’s SA Division.
Medicines Australia, meanwhile, donated $89,500 to the Liberal Party, $67,140 to Labor and $21,125 to the National Party.
As reported in mainstream media, the biggest donor of all was the Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Vic Branch, which handed over $1.1 million to the ALP, as well as $200,000 to the Greens.
Professor Chilla Bulbeck, a woman’s studies professor and former candidate, was the biggest single donor, giving nearly $600,000 to the Greens.