Bridget McKenzie may have breached ministerial standards: former Supreme Court justice

By Katie Burgess, originally published in the Canberra Times 22 January 2020. Bridget McKenzie may have breached ministerial standards by targeting marginal electorates through a $100 million sports grants program, a former Supreme Court justice says. Senior members of the Morrison government are standing by Senator McKenzie, after an audit last week revealed her office… Read More

Opinion: Your government does not want corruption investigated

Opinion piece by Stephen Charles, published in the Sydney Morning Herald 20th January 2020. The sports grant rort uncovered by the Australian National Audit Office last week is far worse than traditional pork-barrelling and equates to political corruption. It again underlines the urgent need for a strong and independent national integrity commission to hold politicians… Read More

AFR: The $500,000 sports grant that failed to save Abbott

By Andrew Tillet and Patrick Durkin. Originally published in the Australian Financial Review on 18th January 2020. Mosman Rowing Club received $500,000 in taxpayer funding under the Morrison government’s discredited sporting grants program in a last-ditch but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to save Tony Abbott’s political career. Mr Abbott announced that the club had received the… Read More