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KAP political donations reach over $2m during financial year

Political party funding figures released by the Australian Electoral Commission on Friday showed KAP drew its cash from a variety of sources.
Political party funding figures released by the Australian Electoral Commission on Friday showed KAP drew its cash from a variety of sources. Megan Pope

KATTER'S Australian Party received more than $1 million in political donations during the 2011/12 financial year.

In all, the party pocketed more than $2 million in donations and other payments, including a bank loan of almost $1 million from Westpac.

Political party funding figures released by the Australian Electoral Commission on Friday showed KAP drew its cash from a variety of sources.

The biggest single donor was Treysta Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of James Packer's Consolidated Press Holdings, which gave $250,000 to the KAP cause.

Businessman Ross Palmer, from Victoria Point, Queensland, was next with a donation of $100,000 to the party's coffers.

In an interview with the ABC in March last year, KAP founder and Kennedy MP Bob Katter said Mr Palmer was one of the party's "biggest backers".

Shooting groups, unions and a company owned by advertising tycoon John Singleton were also significant contributors to KAP.

The Queensland branch of the Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia ($95,000), the Firearms Dealers' Association of Queensland ($30,700) and the Queensland Military Rifle Club ($15,000) gave a combined $140,700 to the party.

Nioa Nominees also made two contributions to KAP worth a total of more than $48,000.

NIOA is a Banyo-based company that describes itself as "Australia's leading privately-owned small arms supplier with access to extensive international resources and capabilities.

"It was established more than a quarter of a century ago and claims to be the country's "largest privately-owned supplier of small arms to the commercial, law enforcement and military markets".

Interestingly, the Victorian branch of the Electrical Trade Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union each donated $50,000 to the party. It was a donation matched by Mr Singleton's company Ognis.

KAP, which was formed by Mr Katter in June 2001, was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week after some of its federal election candidates made homophobic remarks.

Former KAP national secretary and Senate hopeful Bernard Gaynor was suspended by the party's national executive after he tweeted he would not want a homosexual teaching his children.

In Victoria, Tess Corbett withdrew her candidacy for the lower house after she linked homosexuality to pedophilia in an interview with her local newspaper.

KAP hopes to field a candidate in every federal seat at the September election as well as running for the Senate in each state, with the exception of South Australia.

Topics:  australian electoral commission, donations, katter's australian party, westpac




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