Menzies Research Centre
The Menzies Research Centre (est. 1994) is a conservative think tank run by the Australian Liberal Party which "undertake[s] research into policy issues which will enhance the principles of liberty, free speech, competitive enterprise, limited government and democracy." . It is partially funded by the federal government, but also makes large donations to the Liberal Party.
It is used by the Liberal Party to funnel donation, since donations to the Centre are tax-deductible. The MRC is one of only seven organisations mentioned by name in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 as tax-deductible gift recipients .
Liberal Party Donations
The Centre has been a very large donor to the Liberal Party, donating $327,000 to the party between 1998/9 and 2003/4 . In 2004/5, the Centre donated $30,179 to the Liberal Party, according to the Australian Electoral Commission. 
The Menzies Research Centre receives regular funding from the Federal Government:
- 2004/5 The Department of Finance gave a grant of $100,000 for ... "general expenditure of the centre to enable it to undertake general research into globalisation related projects, a public lecture series, website development, and production of an issues magazine and policy digest."  The Government has given the same amount to the Centre in other years as well .
- 2016 Dec 11 The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Menzies centre had an income of $330,000 (as disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commission in 2014/15.
- The Department of Finance contributed $240,000
- Google and businessman Paul Espie gave $90,000
Since 2012 the Finance Department has given partisan think-tanks almost $3,2 million in public money in the past five years. Both the Chifley Research Centre (ALP) and the Menzies Research Centre (Coalition) have received over a million each through its Grants-in-Aid program to "advance public policy debate". Smaller grants went to the Green Institute (Green Party) and the Page Research Centre (Nationals).
Corporate and Individual Funding
The Centre receives funding from a number of corporations and individuals. For instance, in 2001/2 BHP donated $110,000 to the Centre, after the Howard Government in June 2001 gave it permission to merge with Billiton to create BHP Billiton. 
In 2001/2, businessman and MRC chairman Malcolm Turnbull donated $150,000 to the Centre. In 2004, Turnbull received Liberal preselection, and was elected to the House of Representatives as Member for Wentworth. In 2004/5, Turnbull was still the Centre's biggest individual donor, donating $15,000. He is now the Liberal Prime Minister.
For a list of all donor to the MRC over $1,500, download the Australian Electoral Commission disclosure document here.
- Tom Harley – Chairman
- Christopher Joye
- Chris McDiven
- Anthony McLellan
- Michael Osborne
- Michael Wooldridge
- Julian Leeser was the Executive Director of the Centre in 2004/5
- Nicholas Cater is the Executive Director in December 2016.
- RG Menzies House
- Cnr Blackall & Macquarie Sts
- Barton ACT 2600
- Tel: (02) 6273 5608
- Email: info (AT) mrcltd.org.au
- Web: http://www.mrcltd.org.au/
Other Sourcewatch Resources
- Think Tanks/Australia
- Liberal Party
- Cormack Foundation
- Greenfields Foundation
- Free Enterprise Foundation
- Chifley Research Centre
- Elizabeth Sexton, Resource giants dig deep for think-tanks, February 12 2003.