Australian Electoral Commission Reveals Clive Palmer's Enormous Donations

01/02/2016 12:41 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Clive Palmer speaks at National Press Club on July 7, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. Today is the first day of sitting for the new senate. Twelve Senators were sworn in this morning. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

In the dying days of Clive Palmer's company Queensland Nickel, more than $10 million was donated from various businesses to his political group Palmer United Party.

In records released by the Australian Electoral Commission on Monday, donations from several Palmer-owned ventures were laid bare, including $5,947,720 from Townsville refinery Queensland Nickel, which subsequently went under voluntary administration, sacking all workers and owing $30 million in employee entitlements, along with an estimated $70 million to creditors.

It was the single largest political donation of 2014-15.

The Palmer United Party also received $3,628,345 from the Palmer-owned Mineralogy, whose wife is the director, as well as $7,775 from Palmer Leisure and $191,113 from Palmer Coolum Resort.

Across the board, political donations were down year on year by $50,000.

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