The campaign coffers of One Nation are significantly fatter thanks to a donation from influential Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones.
Mr Jones has confirmed to the ABC that he donated $10,000 to the party, saying he was “supporting a mate” – One Nation’s New South Wales leader Mark Latham.
Mr Latham said the donation was a “very strong endorsement of the One Nation’s policy approach”.
“We are indeed very happy that someone of Alan Jones’s standing and experience in public policy in Australia is supporting us,” Mr Latham said.
“Alan’s backing our policies, particularly cutting immigration and ending overdevelopment in Sydney.”
No one in Aust media has a bigger, thoroughly researched interest in public policy debate than Alan Jones.
My campaign is honoured to have received his donation support and I aim not to let him and other supporters down as I pursue our policy agenda in NSW Parliament, if elected.
— Real Mark Latham (@RealMarkLatham) March 10, 2019
Mr Latham is widely expected to be elected to the state’s Upper House at the March 23 election, while his party is also running candidates in a slate of Lower House seats.
While Mr Jones has previously appeared at numerous Liberal Party fundraisers, he and Mr Latham have been fans of each other for a number of years.
Last year they jointly released a cookbook titled Conversations in the Kitchen: Good Food, Great Friends, which invited readers to “share in their world of good food, their friendship and their views”.
Mr Jones made the donations in two $5000 instalments – one under his own name and the other under his company Belford Productions.
One person who is not expecting a donation from Mr Jones is state Opposition Leader Michael Daley, who recently threatened to sack the broadcaster from the board of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust over its advocacy for a redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium.
“I don’t think Alan will be sending me Christmas cards any more, but that’s OK, it’s not personal,” Mr Daley joked on Monday.
In what is widely seen as one of the defining moments in the election campaign so far, Mr Daley last week told Jones on air that if he was elected “the board will go, it will be sacked”.
Mr Daley ended that interview by tersely telling the broadcaster, “Thanks for your service”.
The move breathed new life into the debate over the future of the Sydney Football Stadium, which is already being demolished by the state government.
The Labor Party has been quick to seize on the moment, already printing campaign T-shirts emblazoned with the quote, “Dear Alan, thanks for your service”.
Mr Latham has also previously opposed the stadium knockdown and said Mr Jones’ donation would not make him change his position.
“Alan has been around long enough to have disagreements with people and allow them to have their voice,” Mr Latham said.