THE Nationals have received about $3 million during the first payment of election funding to political parties and candidates across Australia.
The Australian Electoral Commission authorised $56,367,240.38 to be distributed among 12 parties and nine candidates.
The money was allocated based on the number of votes parties and candidates received.
A candidate has to get at least four per cent of the formal first preference votes to be entitled to election funding.
Each first preference vote was worth almost $2.50.
The Liberal Party received the most, with $23,103,312.83.
Labor was next, allocated $20,195,147.98.
The Greens received $5,356,184.97 and the Nationals received $3,076,611.83.
Some of the nation’s newer parties also performed well.
The Palmer United Party, which was registered with the AEC in July this year, received $2,202,044.07.
The Nick Xenophon Group, also registered with the AEC in July, received $636,127.83.
The Bullet Train for Australia Party, registered on May 17, received $24,283.90.
Other funded parties included the Liberal Democratic Party, $1,033,845.36; the Northern Territory’s Country Liberals Party, $207,512.94; Katter’s Australian Party, $166,711.35; and Family First, $103,724.45.