AusGold Mining’s sole director, Sally Zou, tweeted late last week, then deleted, a photo of a cheque made out to the South Australian Liberal Party for $1,212,018, along with the message: “This is a life-journey wandering the Man, who met is a beautiful accident ... Perhaps is casual transmigration, and this was born, wish you LIBERALS had enough.”
Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says, “Perhaps I’m cynical but I suspect this cheque will only be received by Libs when it can be disclosed after the election on March 17. In the meantime, they’ll spend like it’s in the bank.
Liberals leader Steven Marshall said on Tuesday this week that the cheque had not been received and described the situation as “very, very bizarre”.
But as Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten attacked the reported donation it emerged that senior Labor MP Tom Kenyon unsuccessfully approached Ms Zou in October for a $10,000 donation to attend a fundraising dinner, offering access to Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mulligan.
Mr Marshall has rejected all claims by Labor that Ms Zou, who has attended party functions at Mr Marshall’s house, had sought to influence policy.