While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004, and the Liberals followed suit a decade later, the Nationals continue to accept donations from the tobacco industry.
Australian Electoral Commission data shows that since the 1998-99 financial year tobacco giant Philip Morris has donated $613,608 to the Nationals. The company is also a top-tier member of the Nationals, paying a $55,000 membership fee in the 2019-20 financial year.
Party stalwart John Anderson announced last month that he was seeking Senate pre-selection for NSW. The former deputy PM under John Howard between 1999 and 2005 left politics 15 years ago.
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