Political donations from gambling agencies that facilitate horse racing betting have skyrocketed, totaling nearly half a million dollars a year, according to a new study.
Data shows that annual donations from these gambling companies have increased from $ 9,900 in 2010-2011 to $ 473,1612 in 2019-2020.
The industry donated a total of $ 2.7 million during the decade, mainly through Tabcorp and Crown Resorts, which owns the online betting company Betfair Australia. The Liberals ont accepted $ 1.3 million, Labor $ 1.1 million and nationals received $ 229,000.
The huge increase in donations is captured in data prepared by the Parliamentary Library for Senator Vert Mehreen Faruqi.
"As more Australians give up shopping, businesses involved in horse betting are increasingly donating to major political parties "said Faruqi. .
"It's hard to imagine any other industry benefiting from the special treatment horse racing has received this week in New South Wales and in Victoria, from the Liberal and Labor governments. "she said, referring to the crowd decisions at Everest and Melbourne Cup .
Data includes all ASX listed gambling companies involved in horse racing, industry bodies and popular specialty betting companies like Sportsbet and Betfair. A fair time comparison, the search included businesses that may have existed at the start of the decade but have since disappeared.
Tabcorp and Crown Resorts were both major donors identified in the research, but donations have also been made by Sportsbet, BetEasy and Responsible Wagering Australia. frequently in publicly available data.
Most states and territories still allow corporationsgames to donate politically, with the exception of NSW, which banned the practice in 2010 .
The Victorian government has has been the subject of significant criticism regarding its intention to allow 10,000 people to attend the Melbourne Cup in about three weeks, despite the state facing persistent restrictions.
runners will be asked to prove their immunization status and the Victorian government may approve furtherspring races, depending on whether or not the state meets its 80% vaccination target.
Guardian Australia has already reported the high level of access granted to the sector by High Ministers of New South Wales.
Guardian Australia 's analysis of ministerial agendas between 2014 and 2018 showed that major industry groups in the sector - Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club - have met with ministers 39 times.
State politicians have declared 67 separate gifts or interests related to the races during the same period.
Last year Everest, Australia 's richest horse race, was licensed to accommodate a crowd of around 11,000 after the NSW government granted it an exemption.
It will be authorized again this year, after the NSW government again granted it an exemption allowing 10,000 people to attend, double the usual number allowed under the Covid-19 restrictions of the State.
The exemption was granted after a plan was presented by the Australian Turf Club for a Covid-safe event.
The government previously repelled an ATC push to have 15,000 people and said the 5,000 restriction would apply.
Tabcorp has stated that it is committed to ensuring strict compliance with political donation laws in Australia and abroad.
"In the interest of transparency, Tabcorp dislo its all political contributions made as part of the annual political engagement program to the Australian Election Commission (AEC) and to other bodies, as requirede the law, whether these contributions are classified by law as a "political donation" or that they must be "pulged" said a spokesperson.
The Crown has been approached for comment.