Donations from tobacco company breaking ALP rules?

2013

A tobacco executive donated $400,000 to the Labor Party, potentially breaching ALP rules.

A tobacco executive made $400,000 worth of donations to the Labor Party, potentially breaching NSW law and ALP rules. Sydney tobacco company director Peter Chen made a $200,000 donation to NSW Labor in 2011 and another to the party’s federal branch in 2013.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Chen is the sole Australian director of ATA International but donated via another of his companies, Wei Wah, which retails the cheap Chinese brand cigarettes that ATA imports. ​The ALP banned donations from the tobacco industry in 2004. Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten insisted he had no knowledge of the money.

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