The numbers are in

Latest political donation figures show the Pharmacy Guild and Medicines Australia heavily favoured coalition parties in 2019/20 

The Australian Electoral Commission has publicly released the latest disclosed figures on political donations, showing the amounts given to political groups by the Pharmacy Guild and other lobbyists. 

The AEC’s data for the 2019/20 Financial Year, released recently, shows the Pharmacy Guild of Australia donated a total of $214,120 during the year – with around 70% of this money being given to coalition parties.

The figure is well down from the $773,000 given in political donations during the 2018/19 Financial Year, though the latter included a federal election campaign.  

The 2019/20 party breakdown saw the Guild donate $63,340 to the Australian Labor Party, $75,280 to the Liberal Party, $27,850 to the National Party and $47,650 to the Liberal National Party of Queensland (in a year which saw an election in that state).

Specific state Liberal Party donations (included in the $75k above) saw the Guild donate $18,730 to the party’s Western Australian division, and $16,500 to the Tasmanian division.

The Guild’s donor return for the 2019/20FY stated it was lodged on behalf of the “Pharmacy Guild of Australia Victorian branch; Pharmacy Guild of Australia WA branch; Pharmacy Guild of Australia Tas branch; The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland branch”.

The AEC requires disclosure to be made when donations made to a political campaigner exceed $14,000 during a financial year. If the donations made to one campaigner exceed $14,000 during that year, all donations made, regardless of value, must be disclosed. 

The two biggest individual donations made by the Guild during the year were two of $27,500 each – to the LNP of Queensland and to the ALP.

Pharmaceutical industry peak body, Medicines Australia, donated $131,275 during the 2019/20 Financial Year. Of this, around $73,000 went to the coalition parties ($64,000 to the Liberal Party and $8,800 to the Nationals). Another $57,600 went to the ALP.

According to pharma industry newsletter Pharma Dispatch: MerckSharpDohme were the biggest industry donor – submitting $88,000, followed by Bristol Myers Squibb ($85,000), Johnson & Johnson ($62,000),
Roche ($50,000), Pfizer ($47,000), Bayer ($42,000) and Eli Lilly ($33,000).

Some of the companies favoured the Coalition while Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Roche contributed more to Labor.

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