Australian technology companies mostly kept their chequebooks sealed in the second half of last year, with only two donating to the country's major political parties.
Data released by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) today revealed political donors from the second half of last year.
Optus was the big contributor, donating $31,592 to various state and federal branches of the Australian Labor Party, and $81,302 to various branches of the Liberal Party. Optus donated $17,830 to the federal Liberal Party, $16,000 to the NSW Liberal Party and $10,180 to the Victorian Liberal Party. Optus also donated $5700 to hosting a small-business forum run by ex-Optus staffer turned MP for Bradfield, Paul Fletcher.
By comparison, Optus donated $22,266 to the federal arm of the Australian Labor Party, along with $275 to the Victorian arm of the party. The donation to the Victorian ALP's Progressive Business organisation, which runs community events, was listed as being $9051.
eBay Australia and New Zealand is also listed as donating $13,750 to the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party.