Q.E.D. – The Database of Rorts and Scandals

Trust in government has never been so low. This crisis in public confidence is driven by the widespread perception that politics is corrupt and politicians and government have failed to be accountable. The sports rorts and the travel expenses rorts are just two major scandals that have again led to calls for a federal independent integrity commission.

Below are a number of stories highlighting political misconduct over the past several years. Few have been investigated, even fewer properly investigated. None have been prosecuted. QED – Quod Erat Demonstrandum – “so it has been demonstrated”. This compilation of allegations is, in itself, hard proof that Australia needs a federal corruption commission to hold government to account!

We’ll keep adding to the list. If you have something, to add, please get in touch.


Angus Taylor lying about emissions

Energy Minister Angus Taylor repeatedly stated that greenhouse gas emissions had decreased by 1% when the government’s official figures show...

Tony Burke claims $12,000 from taxpayers for family trip to Uluru

The then environment minister took a four-day return trip to Uluru with his family. Burke subsequently conceded taxpayers should not...

Coalition’s $444m for Barrier Reef foundation did not follow rules

The Coalition awarded a $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation without a tender process, the “due diligence”...

Coalition awards big donor multimillion-dollar Covid-19 vaccine contract

Angus Taylor makes false accusations about Sydney mayor’s travel expenses

Angus Taylor insists that a doctored travel expenses document was obtained from Sydney City Council's website, a document he used...

Cormann, Dutton’s $60,000 domestic RAAF flights

Peter Dutton and Mathias Cormann billed taxpayers $60,000 for RAAF flights to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Scott Morrison following...

Coalition MPs’ ‘study allowances’ pay for trip home from Indian wedding

Three Coalition MPs claimed more than $12,000 in “overseas study” allowances to pay for flights home after attending the wedding...

Joel Fitzgibbon fails to declare payment for China trips

Joel Fitzgibbon failed to declare two trips he took to China in 2002 and 2005, which were paid for by...

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