BENDIGO’S major party candidates will not reveal how much they have received in campaign donations.
And while Labor candidate Lisa Chesters said she had received donations from her sister, a former MP and two unions, Liberal candidate Greg Bickley would not say who had supported him.
Greens candidate Lachlan Slade also refused to put a dollar value on his donations.
Ms Chesters said in February she had spent less than $10,000, but now won’t put a value on donations or her campaign.
“Everyone can see from our back to basics campaign, it doesn’t go anywhere near matching the bucks of Big Bucks Bickley and his slick, glossy campaign,” she said.
“The most significant cost has been the postal vote application mail-out.
“I prioritised that because I believe it’s important everyone has an opportunity to vote, even if they can’t get to a polling booth on election day.”
Ms Chesters said she had received donations from United Voice union members, the National Union of Workers, former MP Lindsay Tanner and her sister.
She said ALP branch members and “activists in the community” had supported her campaign through $100 donations.
Mr Bickley would not detail donations he had received, other than to say he had been given wide support. “I am humbled by the support being shown by the people of central Victoria and the Macedon Ranges,” he said.
“Whether it be from pensioners, parents or small business owners, they’re all wanting to see a change of government.
“And one theme that is coming through very strongly is that if we have a change of government federally, Bendigo needs a Liberal member of parliament.”
Mr Slade said he did not want to reveal donations in case the figure changed.
He noted the party had an ethics committee that scrutinised all donations.
Nationals candidate Sarah Sheedy did not return calls.