[LINK] online access to Political Funding & Disclosures
sylvano at gnomon.com.au
Tue Aug 26 19:12:14 EST 2008
I visited the Funding and Disclosure pages at the The Australian Electoral
Commission website when their recent email update advised of deadlines for
relevant people and organisations to submit financial details.
The online tool at http://fadar.aec.gov.au/arwdefault.asp gives access to
details back to the 1998/1999 financial year.
But it's a bit painful, and you just wonder why there isn't some kind of .csv
download. Partly, I suppose because a part of the focus is on accessing .pdf
facsimiles of original documents.
Though, the following example shows up upside down on screen, which is
annoying. They're not all upside down, mind you. But perhaps there may be an
expectation that people may just be printing these items out, anyway...
If you attempt to use the 'Analysis' option, be aware that you can't have all
the fields left as 'All' on some of the forms, as it will return no matching
record - You have to subset to see the underlying data.
All in all, I find it's all bit odd in the way it's structured and designed -
and there are some holes in the available data - but with some effort you can
pull up some info.
The financial disclosure scheme established under Part XX of the Commonwealth
Electoral Act 1918 (the Act) was introduced to inform the public about the
financial dealings of parties and others involved in the electoral process.
It requires registered political parties and their associated entities, donors
and third parties to lodge annual disclosure returns with the Australian
Electoral Commission (the AEC).
Returns are due by 20 October and by 17 November depending upon who you are,
so there's still a little waiting to be had before the 2007/2008 returns
details are available.
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