PwC did the Federal Labor and Liberal parties a service this month when it decided not to emblazon its logo next to the country’s top political leaders as they sold their respective budget proposals. This is doubly gracious, when you consider that political parties rarely give refunds. PwC’s hosting of the Labor government’s budget night fundraiser is part of a broader subscription of the Federal Labor Business Forum, for which PwC pays $80,000 a year. The portion of this tailored package specifically tied to the fundraiser is … well, immaterial. It hasn’t been returned, for all the big four firm was absent from events earlier in May. The Liberal Party has similarly not refunded PwC the prime sponsorship rights to its own event, which PwC also relinquished. This renders the whole exercise, in case that wasn’t obvious, entirely cosmetic: a few logos gone, a few chairs unfilled. PwC’s donations to Australia’s ruling political parties have not diminished one iota from recent events. In circumstances slightly less prone to press gallery photography, PwC’s impeccable political connections continue apace. Former prime minister Julia Gillard gave a lunchtime speech at the Sydney offices on Wednesday. And PwC is the “double major sponsor” of the Centre for Economic Development of Australia’s 2023 State of the Nation conference in Canberra next month. Speakers are to include Anthony Albanese, Tanya Plibersek, Linda Burney, Peter Dutton and ASIC’s Joe Longo. If this is what being a political pariah is like, one suspects PwC will be just fine.