2022 Campaign Funding Overview
To give the community of North Sydney a choice to vote for an Independent, it was critical that our campaign had the resources to ensure we could communicate with our community my priorities and how I would represent North Sydney in the Federal Parliament. I am incredibly grateful to donors at all levels, including the many people who donated their time to volunteer and support our 2022 campaign.
Financially, the campaign received funding from over 900 Australians from across the community who wanted real action on climate change, integrity in government, gender equality and human rights.
In total, we raised $1,825,072:
- $1,577,362 (cash)
- $247,711 (in-kind including advertising and marketing expenses)
Climate 200’s funding played a crucial role in helping to level the playing field, particularly by providing support early in the campaign. The funding we received was provided to assist in campaign costs, including advertising and marketing expenses.
As reported consistently throughout the campaign, we expected the Climate 200 funding would account for 35-40% of total campaign revenue. In the final tally, Climate 200 contributed $636,271 in cash and $172,141 in kind.
In North Sydney, we had the unique challenge of strong campaigns from both major parties. Community donations to my campaign helped level the playing field for everyone. Under current election laws, the parties’ electoral returns were made available in February 2023 — long after Independents’ returns had been published and scrutinised. As major parties collect, spend and report much of their funding at a national level, rather than at a community level, we will never know precisely what they raised or spent in North Sydney.