Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has made a personal donation of $1 million for the Yes campaign for same sex marriage.
The money is coming out of his own pocket, not from Qantas shareholders.
The amount donated represents half of Mr Joyce’s annual base pay of $2.1 million. It amounts to 8 per cent of his total remuneration last year of $13 million.
Mr Joyce has already indicated his support for same sex marriage changes.
When announcing the Qantas results last month, Mr Joyce said he would be making a contribution to the campaign.
“I am proud of the fact I’m an Australian citizen,” Mr Joyce said at the time. “Where else in the world would an openly gay Irish man become the CEO of one of the biggest brands and most iconic brands?
“I personally will be donating money to the campaign, a significant amount, because I’m passionate about it. I’ll be spending as much time as the campaign wants me to speak about the cause and why this is important.”
Other business leaders supporting same sex marriage include Australia’s richest man Anthony Pratt and AGL chief executive Andy Vesey.
Coca Cola is also putting a splash of the rainbow sign on its cans.
The Yes campaign claims the corporate sector has only donated $100,000 but the “no” campaign is getting money from churches and evangelical groups
But No” campaign spokesman Lyle Shelton rejected this claim and said his team’s campaign would welcome all donations.
“Just in the last few weeks since we officially launched Coalition for Marriage, thousands of new donors from all across Australia have come to our website not only to donate, but to volunteer and sign up for more information,” Mr Shelton told the Australian Financial Review.
“While we would obviously welcome larger donations from those individuals or institutions capable of assisting our campaign, the majority of our donations are from ordinary Australians contributing less than $100 each, and we are incredibly grateful to them.
“Their contributions are not only the backbone of Coalition for Marriage, but symbolic of who we represent: average Australians concerned about the consequences of redefining marriage.”