SA election: Chinese mining mogul Sally Zou tweets picture of $1.2 million Liberal donation
Secret surrounds the latest social media foray by Chinese mining tycoon Sally Zou, whose newest tweet shows a cheque for $1.2 million constructed out to the SA Liberals.It is not clear if the$1,212,018 donation has been paid, but the tweet– which has actually because been deleted– came accompanied with an odd message.”This is a life-journey roaming the Guy, who satisfied is a lovely mishap, “Ms Zou tweeted.”Maybe is casual transmigration, and this was born, wish you LIBERALS had sufficient.”In a declaration, Liberal state director Sascha Meldrum said”the Liberal Celebration has not gotten the donation “that was depicted in the tweet.”We strictly follow the legislation relating to contributions which
requires donations over$5,191 to be disclosed openly within 7 days of getting it,”he said.When contacted by the ABC, Ms Zou immediately hung up, however sent a text quickly later on stating she “can’t talk now. Thanks for your understanding “. There has actually been a total of$2.3 million in divulged political presents considering that late 2015. If real, the contribution would be by far the biggest to any candidate or celebration ahead of the state’s March election.Little is understood about Ms
Zou, who closely protects her public profile and has an enigmatic social networks existence, typically tweeting then deleting.Ms Zou is also
a key sponsor of the Port Power AFL club, and in 2015 supplied$88,888 in a single contribution to the Liberals(8 is thought about a lucky number in China)
. In October, Attorney-General John Rau updated electoral guidelines to require all foreign donors to state their allegiances.Under new election expenditure caps, the Liberals are entitled to invest up to $4.025 million on election marketing between January and April 17– a month after the March election.Breaches to the cap would sustain losses of taxpayer funding.A present of the size of$1.2 million would need to be reported to the state’s electoral commission within seven days.Ms Bishop was quizzed in Parliament, and insisted she had never ever heard of such a foundation till the matter was raised with her by the media.