Given the effort politicians and their advisers commit to directing public funds to marginal electorates, an observer would think the returns would be substantial.
A senate hearing has produced yet more damning evidence about the ‘car park rorts’ affair.
Rorting scandals are nothing new in Australian politics. But the regulatory system has too many loopholes and needs urgent reform if we’re serious about stopping it.
Have our leaders been emboldened by their successes in responding to the pandemic and counting on this to defuse criticisms of their behaviours?
Australia is a step closer to finally having a federal anti-corruption agency. Attorney-General Christian Porter has released draft legislation designed to set up a Commonwealth Integrity Commission.
Independent MP Helen Haines’s bill will likely not pass without the government’s support, but it proposes a robust body with suitable accountability mechanisms. It’s worth serious consideration.
Scott Morrison is facing new questioning over the sports rorts affair, after former cabinet minister Bridget McKenzie issued a statement denying she had made last-minute changes to a list of grants.
Phil Gaetjens has released submissions to the Senate inquiry into the “sports rorts” scandal, the government continuing to resist releasing the formal report.
Michelle Grattan talks with Deputy Vice Chancellor Geoff Crisp about the week in politics, including the “sports rorts” affair, the future of Michael McCormack and the corona virus travel ban.
The Nationals face the “wicked problem” of how to subvert the uncertain fortnight behind them, with the possibility of further leadership spills constantly looming.
Parliament’s first week for 2020 was a hectic one, with the fallout from the ‘sports rorts’ affair requiring a Cabinet reshuffle, and Adam Bandt being elected the new leader of The Greens.
Whatever our differences, Australians’ essential empathy and yearning for connection always come out in times of crisis. We have a responsibility to make sure it stays that way.
A strong ICAC – unlike the body the federal government is proposing – would have had the power to properly and impartially investigate the “sports rorts” affair.
Despite the Nationals deputy leader resigning, the so-called “sports rorts” scandals is far from resolved.
It’s much harder to remove a minister these days than it used to be – and there’s no sign Bridget McKenzie’s departure will prove a damaging blow for the Morrison government.
The government’s approach to Bridget McKenzie reveals a remarkable misunderstanding (or perhaps a remarkable misrepresentation) of the respective roles of ministers and administrators.