Deceptive Conduct - stories that make the case for a Federal ICAC

Michael Danby: charged public for trips to Queensland with wife

Michael Danby: charged public for trips to Queensland with wife

In 2017, Labor MP Michael Danby repaid travel claims for family trips dating back to 2010. He used public money to pay for an ad to attack an ABC reporter and he took a week's sick leave from Parliament to spend the time travelling in Israel.
No paper trail for Coalition’s $30m handout to Foxtel

No paper trail for Coalition’s $30m handout to Foxtel

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.
Tony Abbott’s office ‘aided Chinese donation’ after ASIO warning

Tony Abbott’s office ‘aided Chinese donation’ after ASIO warning

Tony Abbott's office reportedly helped Chinese billionaire and "agent of foreign influence" to donate to the Liberal Party in 2016.
Coalition legal action sends chills through whistleblowers

Coalition legal action sends chills through whistleblowers

“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.”
Andrew Robb’s $880k China consultancy started day before 2016 election

Andrew Robb’s $880k China consultancy started day before 2016 election

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

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” was based on information provided for another purpose, and the foundation had to submit a retrospective application after it had been awarded the money.
‘No limits to what Coalition will do to hide embarrassing information’

‘No limits to what Coalition will do to hide embarrassing information’

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.
Coalition ignored experts, waved through Tasmanian development, including helipad

Coalition ignored experts, waved through Tasmanian development, including helipad

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.
‘My bad’: Stuart Robert blames MyGov crash on DoS attack

‘My bad’: Stuart Robert blames MyGov crash on DoS attack

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.
Stuart Robert ‘has a go’ with his $38k internet bill

Stuart Robert ‘has a go’ with his $38k internet bill

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.”
Morrison ditched Turnbull plans for lobbying transparency

Morrison ditched Turnbull plans for lobbying transparency

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.
Julie Bishop digs heels in over $25k shoes

Julie Bishop digs heels in over $25k shoes

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.
Peter Dutton and the au pairs

Peter Dutton and the au pairs

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.
Stuart Robert listed parents as company directors without their knowledge

Stuart Robert listed parents as company directors without their knowledge

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.

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