Possible donor disclosure by the Hon. Tony Abbott MP

Updated: 18 July 2012

This advice sets out the AEC's conclusion in relation to the matter described below:

Matter considered:

Whether a donor disclosure return needs to be lodged by The Hon Tony Abbott MP under the provisions of s 305B(2) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act) in respect of a payment(s) allegedly made to Mr Terry Sharples.

When matter raised:

30 May 2002.

How matter raised:

Questions from Senator Faulkner at Senate Estimates hearings on 30 May 2002.

Legislative provisions:

Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, s 305B(2). Broadly, s 305B(2) requires a person to disclose to the AEC when that person has made a gift (donation) to any person or organisation with the intention of benefitting a registered political party.

AEC process:

The AEC reviewed information available to it and sought legal advice.

AEC conclusion:

The AEC has no evidence that any payment has, in fact, been made to Mr Sharples that would require disclosure as a gift (donation) to a registered political party. Accordingly, the AEC is of the view that Mr Abbott is not required to lodge a disclosure return in respect of any payment made to Mr Terry Sharples.

Date: 15 July 2004