Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'Third Party' Backs Tully

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'Third Party' Backs Tully

Article excerpt

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. …

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