where public money goes worldwide

Total amount
265,987,872,975
Number of payments
429,435

Results can be summarized as follows:

  1. There two major nodes (payers) in the graph (Department of Defence and Defence Materiel Org.), dispersing almost half of the total budget (weight) of the graph. These two nodes are also the top out degree nodes in the graph (22% of the payment links). This indicates that Defence is a major factor in the australian economy sustaining a network of enterprises that selling goods and services suited for the defence needs of the state.
  2. The 35% of the budget is spent by institutions related to education, Immigration, health and social security, taxation, public order and telecommunication. This reflects, in general, the priorities and major concerns of the australian state.
  3. The dispersion of the public budget is made in a balanced way as there are no private enterprises receiving excessive amounts of money (except FMS and Central Office).


In the illustration above, we can see the major payees (red major, purple minor, yellow zero). The size of all the nodes in the graph is relevant to the amount of payments they give or receive, while their color is relevant to the amount of the receiving money (weighted in-degree).


In the illustration above, we can see the major payers (red major, purple minor, yellow zero). The size of all the nodes in the graph is relevant to the amount of payments they give or receive, while their color is relevant to the amount of the money spent (weighted out-degree).

Public Payments to Forbes Global 2000 Companies

Company nameTotal amount# Payments
Telstra 8,561,028,5752,105
IBM 4,169,482,9872,263
Raytheon 3,553,936,0671,461
CSL 3,427,329,389147
Boeing 2,880,668,8521,934
Thales 2,559,848,4575,811
Accenture 1,247,723,069201
Manpower 536,822,08366
Fujitsu 534,451,620850
Oracle 384,581,910717
URS 355,211,407189
SAP 304,228,860274
Pfizer 265,815,6133
Dell 264,714,9712,290
Wyeth 259,412,7671
NEC 183,978,480286
Microsoft 149,724,346239
Chubb 144,672,203557
Acer 137,410,951202
Hitachi 128,067,575185
EMC 125,297,830194
Sharp 119,518,32487
GlaxoSmithKline 89,831,13824
Capgemini 75,075,730100
Frontline 55,959,106495
Mosaic 49,157,343403
Ricoh 48,274,630411
NetApp 44,673,343116
Symantec 41,589,35061
Ball 41,427,24795
Adecco 34,369,881300
Motorola 31,830,866165
Siemens 25,198,48945
VMware 21,954,96275
Aon 20,949,39516
Crown 20,463,373181
TNT 19,843,092388
ExxonMobil 19,162,058124
Wipro 17,314,62513
Canon 16,296,837138
Hays 14,928,380338
Harris 14,830,67788
Secom 12,078,270185
Goodrich 11,880,656267
Pearson 11,658,95523
Olympus 10,958,87063
Genzyme 10,102,96937
Staples 9,417,79813
Ericsson 8,869,61632
SAIC 8,018,06224
Sony 7,527,72538
Vodafone 6,916,82224
Inchcape 6,520,854119
Cummins 6,271,45145
Toshiba 6,062,10355
Waters 5,566,60168
Eaton 5,170,36445
Zodiac 5,069,99321
Total 4,699,94988
WorleyParsons 4,560,88425
Empire 2,568,14217
ITT 2,526,35124
Woolworths 2,432,15448
Stockland 2,271,5746
UBS 2,263,2502
Fortis 2,039,91010
ABB 1,987,45812
Parmalat 1,968,74148
ITC 1,809,22431
Caterpillar 1,553,7842
Agility 1,542,34814
EADS 1,499,3882
Citigroup 1,326,7602
Amphenol 1,259,13918
Komatsu 1,245,50812
Rexel 1,207,43033
Gap 1,171,8933
Shire 1,098,5622
SGS 1,025,91030
Marubeni 847,0001
Next 808,1326
Ecolab 675,71232
Stryker 665,32721
Thomson 568,4586
AMR 466,2674
Avnet 436,16217
Covidien 407,69216
Continental 383,7675
Linde 367,0371
Yamaha 327,8101
SPX 263,8608
Bunzl 256,53313
Noble 225,2674
Keppel 224,4863
ACE 221,1973
Google 211,7772
Orica 192,7184
Apple 192,39210
Cemex 163,6507
SMC 160,8152
Merck 147,9886
Holcim 127,5304
Synthes 114,1476
Clorox 100,7444
Aviva 98,9501
ASX 95,0486
Alcoa 94,4761
Light 93,8674
Target 86,8944
Safeway 80,3656
Vale 76,2613
KBR 76,1872
Progressive 67,0394
Goodyear 64,2493
CSR 59,4772
Hospira 51,8792
E.ON 51,3673
Centrica 49,3983
NSK 48,1402
Kingfisher 46,0901
CBS 45,9404
Brambles 45,1841
Intuit 37,4001
Safran 36,6681
OneSteel 36,2643
Invensys 36,1351
Orix 33,4792
Panasonic 32,8922
AES 28,7101
Dover 28,0001
Allstate 27,6221
Xerox 27,2002
Daimler 25,5602
Nikon 25,0931
Schlumberger 23,9651
JDC 23,4952
Orient 22,2081
HLTH 22,0001
FedEx 21,3352
Kasikornbank 20,0001
Nokia 16,7961
Lawson 12,9051
Bombardier 11,7011
Coach 11,6631
Omron 11,4461
Beiersdorf 11,2801
Investor 11,1591
Kyocera 10,7621
Terumo 10,7251
Textron 10,0541