Stay tuned for new disclosures

Following the May 21 election all MPs and senators are required to provide new statements of registrable interests - MPs must provide theirs within 28 days of making an oath or affirmation as a Member of the House of Representatives, while the deadline for senators is 28 days after the first meeting of the Senate after 1 July. Stay tuned as we update the interests of returning MPs and senators and add those for newly elected parliamentarians.


Richo: The lobbyist prohibited from lobbying

Open Politics has exposed that lobbyist and notorious ex-Labor senator Graham Richardson is not on the federal lobbyist register. This prohibits him from talking to anyone in the federal government on behalf of his clients.


Travel and hospitality

Liberal senator fails to declare helicopter flight

Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes has not declared to the Register of Senators' Interests a helicopter flight she took as a guest of the Port of Newcastle Corporation in 2020, Open Politics can reveal.


A system Eddie Obeid would love

Many federal politicians don't declare their private interests, fail to fully disclose them, or don't do so in the required time, and the officials who manage the interest registers say it's not their job to enforce the rules. Open Politics looks at a disclosure regime that only serves politicians.


Real Estate

Politicians and their real estate investments

The great Australian dream of home ownership is out of reach for many Australians unless they can borrow from the bank of mum and dad. But not so for federal parliamentarians, with many owning second homes, investment properties, and holiday homes.


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The price of admission

Federal politicians from NSW and Queensland never miss an opportunity to promote their love of the people's game in the belief it makes them more relatable to voters - think the PM with the Sharks and the Opposition Leader with his Rabbitohs. But, unlike the average spectator, they rarely pay to attend games, with the NRL and others providing free tickets. Does the public end up paying the bill?


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Corruption starts with a half price hamburger

Open Politics is launching a campaign to stop federal MPs and senators accepting gifts, free travel and hospitality from private groups and foreign governments. Join us by asking your local MP to make an election commitment to decline benefits in the next term of parliament.


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Backers of beer tax campaign ply politicians with booze and hospitality

The (un)successful campaign to cut the beer tax was funded by the Australian Hotels Association, the Australian Brewers Association, and Clubs Australia. Open Politics details the booze and hospitality these organisations and their members have dished out to MPs and senators since the last election.(Despite Newscorp media confidently predicting a budget cut, the night turned into a fizzer for the industry. All that lobbying and largesse wasted.)