Election Rorts - stories that make the case for a Federal ICAC

Barnaby Joyce’s decision to move pesticides regulator a huge financial risk

Barnaby Joyce’s decision to move pesticides regulator a huge financial risk

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.
McCormack breaches lobbying code to award $2.6m airport grant

McCormack breaches lobbying code to award $2.6m airport grant

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.
80% of fund for female sports goes to Coalition seats

80% of fund for female sports goes to Coalition seats

On the eve of the 2019 election, the Prime Minister announced a $150m fund for female change rooms and swimming pools. Two marginal Liberal-held seats received 40% ($60m) of the funding.
Indigenous affairs funding diverted to lobby groups opposed to native title

Indigenous affairs funding diverted to lobby groups opposed to native title

Nigel Scullion used $150,000 of money for alleviating Indigenous disadvantage to fund a fishing industry lobby group so it could argue how it would be negatively affected by native title land claims.
Sports rorts – the affair that just keeps on giving

Sports rorts – the affair that just keeps on giving

In January 2020, the Commonwealth Auditor-General found that Bridget McKenzie’s office made up its own rules for doling out $100 million of sports grants leading up to the 2019 federal election in a process that was possibly illegal.
Regional infrastructure grants program targets Coalition seats

Regional infrastructure grants program targets Coalition seats

The program, administered by Deputy PM Michael McCormack, awarded 94% of its grants to electorates held or targeted by the Coalition in the months leading up to the 2019 federal election.
Community development grants a $2.5 billion slush fund

Community development grants a $2.5 billion slush fund

Officially, the scheme funds “critical” projects. Unofficially, it is one giant slush fund for the Coalition to pork-barrel its way through another two election campaigns at a cost of more than $2.5 billion.
Coalition awarding non-compliant drought grants

Coalition awarding non-compliant drought grants

The Coalition ignored its own criteria in awarding $1 million drought grants. Of the 14 councils awarded grants, 13 were in Coalition-held electorates.
Gold miner gets $1m for power plant it was going to build anyway

Gold miner gets $1m for power plant it was going to build anyway

The Coalition government’s emissions reduction fund gives $1 million to one of the world’s biggest gold miners to help pay for a fossil-fuel power plant the company would have built anyway.

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