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Tas treasurer seeks health advice on political donations

AUSTRALIA – With Australia's Senate elections now less than a week away, Treasurer Joe Hockey is calling on the public to support his plan to prevent donations to political parties from being used to pay for campaign expenses.

Hockey's move on campaign donations comes as pressure mounts on the Abbott government and Liberal leader Tony Abbott to release more information about the spending of donations under its anti-fraud laws.

Abbott's spokesman last week dismissed calls for an investigation into the spending of donations to political parties, saying a review by the independent parliamentary expenses watchdog showed the rules would help prevent political parties being "lobbied to achieve their political objectives".

The comments from Abbott's spokesman followed revelations of revelations of the use of "donations in good faith" in the former treasurer's 2013 return, while reports emerged of donations from the oil and gas sector to a number of Liberal parties.

In 2014, former Liberal treasurer and leader of the Senate's Joint Committee on Electoral Matters, Tony Shepherd, revealed his return was riddled with questions about donations.

Labor's parliamentary secretary to the Department of Parliamentary Services, Mark Field, said the $10.16 million worth of donations made during the 2013 election cycle would be scrutinised.

"Tony Abbott may be trying to influence the direction of the Labor Party's campaign fundraising system, but he should consider that there is a very big cost to the taxpayer as a result of the use of political donations," Field told Radio Australia.

"There is no good explanation for this or for the government's behaviour."

Hockey and other government spokespersons declined to comment on Friday.

The federal government and the parliamentary committee investigating the expenses scandal did not agree last year on whether to review donations from the mining industry.

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Knights secure win with second half blitz

The unbeaten Manchester United defender was the key link in an impressive performance from his side, who took the lead through Lee Grant's late strike.


However, it was only their second away goal of the season - and two in succession - when they drew level in the 33rd minute.


Grant's volley came after the break and after Wayne Rooney, who had only made eight first-team appearances, had flicked in from close range.

Mourinho will look to bolster his side's attacking threat following the departures of Rafael da Silva and Ryan Giggs.

The former is also set to return to the club's youth academy, while the latter was sold to Everton following their return to the Premier League in the summer.

And United may have also dealt a severe blow to their season when midfielder Luke Shaw was forced off the pitch with a groin problem.

Aghajanian's men were level at 2-2 at the break after substitute Alex Hleb saved from Simon Mignolet, but Rooney's shot deflected into the corner.

Defeat sees United drop to a fifth successive league home match and a place behind leaders Chelsea, but manager Mourinho hopes his men can be better prepared for the Premier League and will seek more revenge.

Media playback is not supported on this device 'We couldn't control' - Mourinho

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho:

"It was a great day, not for our players, because they are very happy but it was the players - the players who need to continue to work hard, not for the moment, but for the future - so I congratulate them for the good work.

"We had a huge chance to score and they did something to earn the game, it was important for the players, but we weren't able to do that.

"That's why they gave us such great work in the second half and let the players have the chance to give the game to them. That's what they have to work for, so it is very important for them because they're not in it.

"But the players are doing very well. And the team is working well, in the same way you would work with a team when your opponent comes up against it.

"We played very well. We showed our qualities. It wasn't easy. We didn't have possession and we didn't have space, so it was important for the players to score. That's why this game was important."

The stats you need to know:

In his first competitive game since returning to the club, Grant was United's top scorer with seven goals and six assists.

He was also United's top scorer in league play i