Tony Abbott used an RAAF jet to attend the birthday party of a Liberal Party donor Paul Marks. His office said the PM had work-related engagements the following day but would not say what they were.
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As Speaker, Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop claimed $600 for flights to attend the wedding of parliamentary colleague Sophie Mirabella.
Three Coalition MPs claimed more than $12,000 in “overseas study” allowances to pay for flights home after attending the wedding in Hyderabad of the granddaughter of Gina Rinehart’s business partner.
The Pynes enjoyed a $30,000 lavish trip to London and Rome in April 2013.
Family members of Coalition MPs flew to the idyllic Cocos islands for a weekend jaunt on the taxpayers’ dime. Despite claiming travel on ‘family reunion’ grounds, it appears both MPs were in their electorate the previous week.
Peter Dutton, Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews billed taxpayers more than $6000 on flights, cars and hotels for their overnight stay. Neither Dutton nor Abetz responded to multiple requests for comment about the purpose of their trips.
Foxtel given $30m in taxpayers’ money over four years to boost “under represented sports” on pay TV, yet the Seven Network did not receive any government support to broadcast the inaugural season of the AFL Women’s League.
Mathias Cormann had ‘no idea’ his family holiday flights to Singapore were paid for by Hello World, a travel company controlled by Liberal Party Treasurer Andrew Burnes.
Tim Wilson solicited preselection endorsements while at the Human Rights Commission, a move that ‘threatened’ the commission’s independence.
Former Coalition MPs treated to rich pickings at taxpayers’ expense, with more than 40% of Abbott-era MPs appointed to government jobs.
Tony Abbott’s office reportedly helped Chinese billionaire and “agent of foreign influence” to donate to the Liberal Party in 2016.
“The Witness K and Bernard Collaery cases will send a chill through anyone who might contemplate exposing the immoral and illegal actions of their government.”
Former trade minister and Liberal MP Andrew Robb accepted an $880,000-a-year salary with Chinese billionaire Ye Cheng’s Landbridge Group upon quitting parliament. He resigned shortly before the deadline for overseas state interests to sign up to Australia’s new foreign influence register.
The Coalition awarded a $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation without a tender process, the “due diligence” was based on information provided for another purpose, and the foundation had to submit a retrospective application after it had been awarded the money.
Scott Morrison visited Queensland on a four-day tour of marginal seats, but the PM wasn’t actually riding on the bus.
The government is trying to stop the auditor general giving evidence about his 2018 report that was critical of a $1.3 billion arms deal. Part of the report was redacted following pressure from the French multinational arms manufacturer Thales.
The Morrison government waved through approval for a luxury tourist development and helipad in the pristine Tasmanian wilderness despite three official expert bodies lashing the proposal or calling for it to be rejected.
Liberal MP Kevin Andrews received a $20,000 donation from Clubs NSW, Australia’s most powerful gambling lobby, as he led the formulation of the Coalition’s poker machines policy before the 2013 election.
Robert claimed myGov website crashed due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and not because of the large number of unemployed people trying to log in to register for Centrelink.
In 2018, Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck returned to parliament in true revolving doors fashion after a 14 month stint as chairman for peak gambling lobbyists Responsible Wagering Australia (RWA). Colbeck is also chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation who have been pivotal in recently delaying a new mandatory pregnancy warning label for all alcohol products in the interest of alcohol industry lobbyists.
The former Liberal minister Bruce Billson failed to declare he was employed and paid a $75,000 salary by a business lobby before he quit parliament.
Of the $248 million in Regional Growth Fund grants awarded just ahead of the 2019 election, Coalition seats snagged $234 million.
Angus Taylor did not declare his financial interest in a company at a meeting with senior environment officials and the office of the then environment minister, Josh Frydenberg about endangered grasslands.
Former Liberal defence minister Christopher Pyne discussed defence consulting jobs with EY while he was still in cabinet and took up a job nine days after leaving parliament.