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T2 Political Donations Figures (Tweedledum Tweedledee Index)

Posted by Dave Bath on 2010-02-03


I thought I’d crunch some numbers from the 2008/09 Donations to Party Group declared to the Australian Electoral Commission, looking specifically at what I’ll term a "T2 Index", with T2 being shorthand for "Tweedledum Tweedledee", a possible measure of perceived political similarity.

I look only at those donors who donated to both the majors (treating the Libs and Nats as one Liberal-National Party), and calculated the T2 according to the following formula:

T2 = 100 * (1 – abs(ALP-LNP)/(ALP+LNP))

While I think T2 donations are designed both to curry favor with whoever is in government and to drown out more diverse voices who might derail the privileged position of T2 donors, I’ll come back to this in a future post.  For now, I just tabulate the figures, noting that the average total T2 donation is A$77000, that these donations don’t include things like expensive meals charged at a premium because party figures attend, or those that get "under the wire"

BTW: If you use this post as inspiration for your own post, I’d really appreciate a pingback, because I’d like to follow the discussions on how people interpret T2 donations generally.

Bottom line points, for those who made donations to both major groups:

  • Total donations: A$6.6 million
  • Average sum of donations to both parties: A$77K.
  • For all T2 donors, the Tweedledee Tweedledum similarity score was 88.7%
  • For T2 donors above the average A$77K total donation, the T2 similarity score was 93.5%

Anyway… detailed figures over the fold (all rounded to whole numbers):

First, let’s look at T2 donations above the $77K average, ordered by the T2 value descending:

DONOR ALP LNP DIFF TOTAL T2
ANZ Banking Group Limited 50000 50000 0 100000 100
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) 70321 67410 2911 137731 98
Macquarie Group Limited 92085 99310 -7225 191395 96
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd 41493 38458 3035 79951 96
Meriton Apartments Pty Limited 42750 47000 -4250 89750 95
Leighton Holdings Limited 119415 132400 -12985 251815 95
Westpac Banking Corporation 68285 57505 10780 125790 91
Westfield Group 131700 107200 24500 238900 90
Clubs NSW 85800 68151 17649 153951 89
Hong Kong Kingson Investments 50000 70000 -20000 120000 83
Wesfarmers Limited 45000 65000 -20000 110000 82
Deutsche Bank 57000 37050 19950 94050 79
Springfield Land Corporation ATF Springfield Development Trust 101182 62025 39157 163207 76
Tabcorp Holdings Limited 151150 92635 58515 243785 76
Argos Investments Pty Ltd and Thomas Hotel Group 54650 90385 -35735 145035 75
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 76640 43505 33135 120145 72
Manildra Group 122267 52451 69816 174718 60
Brookfield Multiplex Group 73700 26000 47700 99700 52
Devereaux Holdings Pty Ltd 71455 21000 50455 92455 45
Sydney Markets Ltd 73700 17600 56100 91300 39
Thiess Pty Ltd 159525 37845 121680 197370 38
Grocon Pty Ltd 67280 15500 51780 82780 37
ABN AMRO Australia Pty Ltd 90020 20650 69370 110670 37
KPMG 79500 18140 61360 97640 37
Ernst and Young 88411 16000 72411 104411 31
Macquarie Telecom Pty Ltd 75200 11000 64200 86200 26
Australian Hotels Association (N.S.W.) 137700 18612 119088 156312 24
Mineralogy Pty Ltd 25000 560000 -535000 585000 9
J J Richards and Sons Pty Ltd 1250 79000 -77750 80250 3

Now, the same above-average T2 donors, ordered by their total T2 donation descending:

DONOR ALP LNP DIFF TOTAL t2
Mineralogy Pty Ltd 25000 560000 -535000 585000 9
Leighton Holdings Limited 119415 132400 -12985 251815 95
Tabcorp Holdings Limited 151150 92635 58515 243785 76
Westfield Group 131700 107200 24500 238900 90
Thiess Pty Ltd 159525 37845 121680 197370 38
Macquarie Group Limited 92085 99310 -7225 191395 96
Manildra Group 122267 52451 69816 174718 60
Springfield Land Corporation ATF Springfield Development Trust 101182 62025 39157 163207 76
Australian Hotels Association (N.S.W.) 137700 18612 119088 156312 24
Clubs NSW 85800 68151 17649 153951 89
Argos Investments Pty Ltd and Thomas Hotel Group 54650 90385 -35735 145035 75
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) 70321 67410 2911 137731 98
Westpac Banking Corporation 68285 57505 10780 125790 91
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 76640 43505 33135 120145 72
Hong Kong Kingson Investments 50000 70000 -20000 120000 83
ABN AMRO Australia Pty Ltd 90020 20650 69370 110670 37
Wesfarmers Limited 45000 65000 -20000 110000 82
Ernst and Young 88411 16000 72411 104411 31
ANZ Banking Group Limited 50000 50000 0 100000 100
Brookfield Multiplex Group 73700 26000 47700 99700 52
KPMG 79500 18140 61360 97640 37
Deutsche Bank 57000 37050 19950 94050 79
Devereaux Holdings Pty Ltd 71455 21000 50455 92455 45
Sydney Markets Ltd 73700 17600 56100 91300 39
Meriton Apartments Pty Limited 42750 47000 -4250 89750 95
Macquarie Telecom Pty Ltd 75200 11000 64200 86200 26
Grocon Pty Ltd 67280 15500 51780 82780 37
J J Richards and Sons Pty Ltd 1250 79000 -77750 80250 3
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd 41493 38458 3035 79951 96

All T2 donors, by descending T2

DONOR ALP LNP DIFF TOTAL T2
ANZ Banking Group Limited 50000 50000 0 100000 100
Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group Ltd 20000 20000 0 40000 100
Devine Limited 20000 20000 0 40000 100
Health Solutions (WA) Pty Ltd 15000 15000 0 30000 100
Burrup Fertilisers Pty Ltd 15000 15000 0 30000 100
ETSA Utilities 15000 15000 0 30000 100
Fyshwick Market Traders Pty Ltd 5000 5000 0 10000 100
Pricewaterhousecoopers 32642 32671 -29 65312 100
FKP Limited 16950 17600 -650 34550 98
Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch) 70321 67410 2911 137731 98
Goldman Sachs JBWere 38200 36500 1700 74700 98
Pfizer Australia 29126 27440 1686 56566 97
Macquarie Group Limited 92085 99310 -7225 191395 96
Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd 41493 38458 3035 79951 96
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia – National 38126 34922 3204 73048 96
Meriton Apartments Pty Limited 42750 47000 -4250 89750 95
Cannon Hill Developments Pty Ltd 7000 6350 650 13350 95
Leighton Holdings Limited 119415 132400 -12985 251815 95
Optometrists Association Aust (NSW/ACT) 16850 14370 2480 31220 92
Westpac Banking Corporation 68285 57505 10780 125790 91
Gindalbie Metals Ltd 30000 25000 5000 55000 91
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust 15000 12500 2500 27500 91
Austral Fisheries 6000 5000 1000 11000 91
NRMA Limited 22990 19050 3940 42040 91
Westfield Group 131700 107200 24500 238900 90
Clubs NSW 85800 68151 17649 153951 89
Santos Ltd 21430 16805 4625 38235 88
Commonwealth Bank of Australia 10500 14260 -3760 24760 85
Hong Kong Kingson Investments 50000 70000 -20000 120000 83
Wesfarmers Limited 45000 65000 -20000 110000 82
SingTel Optus Pty Ltd 29614 43400 -13786 73014 81
Media Monitors Pty Ltd 13750 21000 -7250 34750 79
Deutsche Bank 57000 37050 19950 94050 79
Crown Limited 38675 25000 13675 63675 79
Springfield Land Corporation ATF Springfield Development Trust 101182 62025 39157 163207 76
Tabcorp Holdings Limited 151150 92635 58515 243785 76
Argos Investments Pty Ltd and Thomas Hotel Group 54650 90385 -35735 145035 75
Advocacy Services Australia Limited 24623 14837 9785 39460 75
Macgregor Public Relations P/L 12400 7040 5360 19440 72
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 76640 43505 33135 120145 72
Insurance Australia Group (IAG) 36450 19960 16490 56410 71
CSR Limited 43383 23110 20273 66493 70
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd 35665 18400 17265 54065 68
Jefferson Investments Pty Limited 23000 48050 -25050 71050 65
NSW Taxi Council 36891 17340 19551 54231 64
Health Insurance Restricted Membership Association of Australia 47600 21068 26532 68668 61
Auzcorp 11000 25000 -14000 36000 61
Manildra Group 122267 52451 69816 174718 60
Transurban Group Ltd 22275 9234 13041 31509 59
Parker and Partners Pty Ltd 49890 20065 29825 69955 57
Sydney Airports Corporation Limited 39040 15000 24040 54040 56
Westralia Airports Corporation Pty Ltd 15000 40000 -25000 55000 55
Kobe Brisbane Trade and Investment Pty Ltd 18350 6650 11700 25000 53
Brookfield Multiplex Group 73700 26000 47700 99700 52
Biljedup Pty Ltd 15000 43500 -28500 58500 51
Clayton Utz 32525 11190 21335 43715 51
Lion Nathan Australia Pty Limited 39977 12732 27245 52709 48
Stefan Hair Fashions Pty Ltd 6500 2000 4500 8500 47
J Hutchinson Pty Ltd 23000 7000 16000 30000 47
Devereaux Holdings Pty Ltd 71455 21000 50455 92455 45
Employers Mutual Limited 37500 11000 26500 48500 45
NSW Business Chamber Limited 7500 26000 -18500 33500 45
Australian Unity 4347 15150 -10803 19497 45
Sydney Markets Ltd 73700 17600 56100 91300 39
Thiess Pty Ltd 159525 37845 121680 197370 38
Grocon Pty Ltd 67280 15500 51780 82780 37
ABN AMRO Australia Pty Ltd 90020 20650 69370 110670 37
KPMG 79500 18140 61360 97640 37
Leighton Contractors Pty Limited 5909 26591 -20682 32500 36
Allianz Australia Ltd 52700 11200 41500 63900 35
Saints Hotels and Resorts Pty Ltd 20000 4000 16000 24000 33
Australia China Business Council 3515 670 2845 4185 32
Ernst and Young 88411 16000 72411 104411 31
Origin Energy 49200 8080 41120 57280 28
John Holland Pty Ltd 13291 2145 11146 15435 28
Macquarie Telecom Pty Ltd 75200 11000 64200 86200 26
Australian Hotels Association (N.S.W.) 137700 18612 119088 156312 24
The MAC Services Group Limited 40000 5000 35000 45000 22
Baulderstone Pty Ltd 24970 2775 22195 27745 20
Central Equity Limited 10300 950 9350 11250 17
Mirvac Group 17085 1225 15860 18310 13
Mineralogy Pty Ltd 25000 560000 -535000 585000 9
Suncorp-Metway Limited 26408 875 25533 27283 6
Greenfields Development Company Ltd 29600 880 28720 30480 6
Bradcorp Holdings Pty Ltd 47136 1250 45886 48386 5
J J Richards and Sons Pty Ltd 1250 79000 -77750 80250 3

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