Labor’s Queensland secretary Anthony Chisholm says the party has acted following the discovery of an illegal foreign donation to Kevin Rudd’s campaign.
The Queensland Labor Party says it acted swiftly to refund an illegal $200,000 donation that was used to fund polling in Kevin Rudd’s old seat ahead of last year’s federal election.
The former prime minister’s local Labor branch in Brisbane accepted the donation from Taiwanese developer and former banker Kung Chin Yuan on September 3, just four days before the election.
Labor’s Queensland secretary Anthony Chisholm says the party’s administrative committee on Wednesday resolved to ask Labor’s pollster UMR Research to return funds the ALP had paid it so the original donation could be refunded.
“Our priority as officers of the party is to ensure the Queensland branch complies fully with our legal requirements,” he said in a statement.
“From the time we became aware of this donation we have done everything in our power to identify and remedy the issues.”
Labor officers met with the Electoral Commission of Queensland on Wednesday to disclose the donation made to the bank account of the Griffith federal electorate council.
It is illegal in Queensland for a registered political party to receive a gift of foreign property.
Mr Chisholm said the donation, discovered through an internal party audit, breached a number of Labor rules.
Mr Rudd has steadfastly denied any role in arranging the donation from Mr Yuan, who has lived in Australia for 20 years.
He was re-elected despite suffering a 5.5 per cent swing against him following a strong challenge from Liberal National Party’s Bill Glasson, a former Australian Medical Association president.