Fitness guru Kayla Itsines and Chinese businesswoman Sally Zou are among the SA Liberal Party’s biggest recent donors, according to the latest SA Electoral Commission donation disclosures.
Ms Itsines and her partner Tobi Pearce have developed a multi-million dollar business around an online work-out subscription service, advertised largely though Ms Itsines’ social media accounts.
According to the SA Electoral Commission website, their business — The Bikini Body Training Company — donated $25,000 to the SA Liberal Party two days after the election.
Ms Itsines has more than 9 million followers on her Instagram account, and her #BBG, or bikini body guide, has attracted more than 6 million posts.
Last year, Mr Pearce posted a photo of himself and Malcolm Turnbull, saying he had sat next to the Prime Minister at the Australian Federal Budget lunch, where they talked about “entrepreneurialism and investments”.
Sally Zou donation revealed
The Liberal Party has also finally received a donation from Chinese businesswoman Sally Zou, but it’s nowhere near the $1.2 million cheque she suggested she had sent a month ago.
SA Premier Steven Marshall faced repeated questioning throughout the election campaign, after Ms Zou tweeted a picture of a cheque to the amount of $1,212,018, made out to the SA Liberals.
It was revealed the cheque amount may have been a reference to Mr Marshall’s birthday this year — January 21, 2018.
Mr Marshall denied any knowledge of the cheque, and said the party disclosed all of its donations in accordance with the law.
While the million dollar cheque has not shown up, Ms Zou remains one of the Liberal Party’s biggest donors, handing over hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past three years.
In a statement, Liberal Party Director Sascha Meldrum told the ABC that “the Liberal Party supports and fully complies with the disclosure requirements within the Commonwealth and State Electoral Acts”.
She said the reporting requirements were introduced “to increase overall transparency and inform the public about the financial transactions of political parties and others involved in the electoral process”.
The website also revealed Labor’s South Australian branch received a $10,000 donation from billionaire developer Lang Walker.
Mr Walker’s company won the exclusive rights to redevelop the Festival Plaza and build a 27-storey office tower between the plaza and Parliament House.