One Nation donation was for events: Guild


The Pharmacy Guild has come under scrutiny over $15,000 in donations to One Nation

But the two payments were for attendance at Party events, the Guild has confirmed.

The Australian’s Jared Owens reported that the Guild – as well as Adani – have “emerged as major contributors” to One Nation, with each giving $15,000 to the Party in 2018.

Crikey took the opportunity to publish a “Crikey Clarifier” piece examining the Guild and its history of donating to political parties across the spectrum, as well as weighing into the recent controversy over the failed Government proposal to increase dispense limits to two months.

“In recent years, the body has given millions to Labor, the Liberals and the Nationals,” writes Kishor Napier-Raman.

“Donations are just one element of the Guild’s political operation. With members (i.e. pharmacies) in every electorate in the country, and huge control over the provision of medication, the guild has been able to quietly gain a hold over Australian politics, making it one of Australia’s most feared lobby groups.”

The Guild’s Queensland branch made two donations of $7,500 each to One Nation’s Queensland division in June and July 2018.

A spokesperson for the Guild told the AJP that the Electoral Commission does not distinguish between events and “straight-out donations”.

“I am advised that these two payments related to events,” the spokesperson said.

“The Pharmacy Guild attends paid political events and functions across the political spectrum, with all such payments to attend events reported and declared to electoral regulators.

“Attendance at political events by Guild officials does not denote endorsement of any policies of the host party.”

News of the donations caused concern among some commentators.

As well as One Nation, the Queensland branch of the Guild donated to a number of Queensland party branches, including $1,450 to Katter’s Australian Party in March 2019, and more than $13,000 to the state Labor branch during 2018.

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9 Comments

  1. pagophilus
    06/04/2019

    The self-righteous left are at it again. If you don’t agree with their point of you, you must be crazy or evil and must be sacked.

    • Daniel Hackett
      07/04/2019

      The paranoid right are at it again, seeing things that aren’t there, and trying to turn the whole issue upside down.

  2. John Smith
    06/04/2019

    All what I read is bla bla bla. Same rubbish said by the PGA reps when the act is not justified. Just go and represent your members away from the profession and the good pharmacists.

    Enough dragging the profession and pharmacists down with all the BS political games.

  3. Alexander Wong
    06/04/2019

    What’s the Guild doing at a One Nation event? Advocating community pharmacy on behalf of our Muslim colleagues? This I would endorse but I highly doubt it.

  4. Daniel Hackett
    07/04/2019

    Pretty obvious what’s going on. The guild gave money to One Nation because Hanson has expressed anti-vaxxer sentiments. Drug companies hate that and, not surprisingly, so do the pharmacists they pay to lobby on their behalf. .Anti-vaxxers are bad for business. If you think they care about anything else you are a fool.

  5. TALL POPPY
    07/04/2019

    Individuals in various industries have contacted me in disgust as to why the Guild has donated to One Nation. I do not have the words to describe my own shock when I discovered the Guild are supporting this populist, right wing party with member funds. Furthermore One Nation only have a membership of a few thousand. How can this be good?

  6. TALL POPPY
    07/04/2019

    Individuals in various industries have contacted me in disgust as to why the Guild has donated to One Nation. I do not have the words to describe my own shock when I discovered the Guild are supporting this populist, right wing party with member funds. Furthermore One Nation only have a membership of a few thousand. How can this be good?

  7. Amandarose
    07/04/2019

    This is loathsome considering the rural pharmacy work force is almost exclusively from overseas especially Muslim countries. They are also anti vaccine and just really terrible people with terrible policies.
    Let’s not get in bed with the devil.

  8. TALL POPPY
    07/04/2019

    Individuals in various industries have contacted me in disgust as to why the Guild has donated to One Nation. I do not have the words to describe my own shock when I discovered the Guild are supporting this populist, right wing party with member funds. Furthermore One Nation only have a membership of a few thousand. How can this be good?

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