UPDATE: Major donation to Tully declared
A MAJOR donation declaration has been made by mayoral candidate councillor Paul Tully.
Five separate donations from registered lobbyist group Consultum Pty Ltd, listing an address at 14 Evergreen View, Robina, have this morning appeared on the Electoral Commission Queensland's website.
The donations total $18,109.77.
The ECQ website states the donations were made on August 8.
The declaration donation system does not require candidates or donors to list what the money was used for.
VOTERS have been assured they will not go to the polls without knowing who the financial backers are behind one high profile candidate's campaign.
Councillor Paul Tully is yet to disclose who paid for two billboards at Dinmore and Inala however, has confirmed they were a 'gift-in-kind' from a third-party donor and will be declared before Saturday.
The QT understands the billboards to be worth about $20,000 each.
Cr Tully said payment had been made "in the last few days by a third-party donor" and that would be disclosed as a gift-in-kind within seven business days.
The Electoral Commission Queensland says the legislation clearly states declarations must be made within seven business days of receiving a gift, defined as property or provision of services, not seven days from when payment for that gift or service is made.
But Cr Tully says he has other advice.
"The trigger is the third-party payment not the installation by the billboard company which is not a gift from them," Cr Tully said.
"The time lines above have been legally checked and advised to my campaign manager by ECQ."
A spokesperson for the ECQ said disclosures being made by all mayoral candidates at Ipswich were being "actively monitored".
"A candidate must disclose a gift within seven business days of receiving the gift. A gift is the disposition of property or provision of service/s," the ECQ spokesperson said.
The new rules around election donation disclosure were introduced by the Palaszczuk government in February to increase transparency around political donations.
Queensland Attorney General Yvette D'Ath said, under the new rules, voters would be fully informed.
"Now, when voters go to the ballot box, they will be fully informed about who is donating to which candidates, and how much they're donating," Mrs D'Ath said, when the new rules were announced.