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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Julie Bishop stayed an extra day in Perth after completing her official public commitments so an empty jet flew from Canberra to Perth to pick up her and her partner David Panton to return them to the nation’s capital at a cost to taxpayers of $30,000.
Liberal MP Scott Buchholz charged taxpayers more than $1700 to cruise Sydney Harbour with his partner aboard a luxury vessel chartered by mining magnate Gina Rinehart.
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.
Former Nationals Minister Peter McGauran was elected to the House of Representatives for Gippsland, Victoria in 1983, retiring from government in 2008. In his post-political career, McGauran has worked in several lobbyist positions including his appointment as CEO for Racing Australia from 2012 to 2016.
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.
At the same time Stuart Robert was claiming extraordinarily high internet bills from taxpayers for his Gold Coast home, he was also saying: “There is a small segment of the community who still think it is okay to cheat the system.”
One of the Morrison government’s first acts was to kill off Malcolm Turnbull’s plan for greater transparency about how lobbyists interact with the federal government.
Barnaby Joyce pushed for the move of the regulator when he was up against popular independent MP Tony Windsor, against the wishes of all the major stakeholders.
First it was a $14,000 private jet to watch a Commonwealth Games basketball game to sit with Prince Charles; a month later it was a $20,000 jet to watch the Mustangs ice hockey team in Melbourne.
Julie Bishop was given a pair of Jimmy Choo heels thought to be worth as much as $25,000 but breached parliamentary rules requiring her to pay the difference for gifts exceeding $300.
Barnaby Joyce spent more than $18,000 of taxpayer funds travelling to Armidale and Tamworth when he was trying to win the lower house seat of New England.
Peter Dutton overturned the deportation of three young au pairs but refused to meet an Army veteran trying to obtain a visa for his Afghan interpreter, whose life was in danger for helping coalition forces.
Then assistant health minister and her chief of staff pulled a food health star rating website. Her chief of staff was previously chair of, and still held shares in, APA, a lobbyist for the Australian Beverages Council and Mondelez Australia.
Stuart Robert listed his parents as directors of an IT company awarded millions in government contracts including from his department. His father Alan said he was unaware he was a director of the private investment company.
Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack struck a pre-election deal with an unregistered political lobbyist and former Howard Government adviser for a $2.6 million airport upgrade ahead of the launch of the Regional Airports Program.
Peter Dutton and Mathias Cormann billed taxpayers $60,000 for RAAF flights to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Scott Morrison following the leadership spill.
Former Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing and heavy donor recipient from Tabcorp and other racing lobbyists, Troy Grant now serves as Chairman of the Integrity Assurance Committee for RacingNSW.
The $80 million deal, signed off by by then-agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce, had been rejected twice and involved a company that Angus Taylor was once a director of.