The $67,000 council election campaign that failed

CHRIS McGaw's high profile election campaign has revealed $67,291.52 in donations from union funds.

The Electrical Trades Union was the major donor, with the ETU's final donation listed on April 1, with a lump donation of $36,400, and a range of smaller donations listed from December 4 last year.

On January 13 the ETU Officers Defence Fund Social Club also added $10,000 to the election fund.

Each candidate from the election is required to publicly disclose their donations to the Electoral Commission of Queensland within 15 weeks, by Monday, July 4.

Almost $47,000 was donated from the ETU.

Smaller donations:

  • the plumbers division under the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union donated $500,
  • the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union donated $500,
  • the Maritime Union of Australia donated $1,500,
  • the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union donated $1,000 and
  • the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union donated $2,000.
  • the Toowoomba Trades Board donated $2,000 and
  • the Toowoomba Branch of the Queensland Council of Unions donated $3,000.

Mr McGaw received 26,242 of the votes, or just over 3 per cent.

The billboard on Russell St for Mr McGaw is still hanging, while the election campaign saw Chris McGaw signs plastered in the store windows beside the electoral office, before they were requested to be removed.

Mr McGaw declined to comment.

Returning councillor Joe Ramia has also submitted his donation list for the election, with no donations received towards his successful re-election.

James O'Shea, Cos Marendy and Rob Berry have also returned empty disclosure lists.

At the last local government election in 2012, Mayor Paul Antonio disclosed $78,273.15 in donations as well as a $10,000 loan.

Cr Antonio's 2016 election donations ledger has not yet been released. 


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