Democracy for Sale: Tobacco Donations

I have, until recently, chosen to remain relatively ignorant to most things political and printed within pop-media. This is an obvious handicap.

That said, last night I was made aware of the excellent work done by the Greens on the website Democracy for Sale. It will remain a new source of fuel for this blog. On that, and with federal election on the Australian doorstep, I used some of the data available on D4S to produce the following graph (note, year values are the start of the financial year). Greens are not included because over the available time span of the data they received no tobacco dollars.

Just a little food for thought… I wonder, with Nick Minchin stepping aside, will the Libs get as much funding in the coming years (Nick being as much in denial over tobacco related illness as he is about climate change).

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