Candidates declare no spenditure

CANDIDATES who ran in the federal election for Richmond late last year have revealed to the Australian Electoral Commission how much they spent on their campaign.

But some of the main players claim they spent zilch – thanks to a provision which allows political parties to declare they spent funds instead.

Liberal Party candidate and Tweed Shire councillor Joan van Lieshout individually spent the most. But sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot and Nationals candidate Alan Hunter did not reveal any individual spending, leaving it to the party headquarters.

Disclosure returns lodged with the Austra- lian Electoral Commission have been released and are available on its website for the public to view.

The site reveals Mrs Elliot claims she spent nothing in all six categories of electoral expenditure: broadcasting, pub- lishing, ads in places such as cinemas, producing how-to-vote cards, posters and pamphlets, direct mail and opinion polling. She said she also received nothing in the way of donations.

Cr van Lieshout who is married to wealthy developer Peter van Lieshout, said she spent $13,520 on broadcast advertising, $12,649 on publishing, $30 on ads in places such as cinemas, $10,839 of producing campaign material and $19 on direct mail.



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