Of the $248 million in Regional Growth Fund grants awarded just ahead of the 2019 election, Coalition seats snagged $234 million.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The office of former regional development minister the LNP’s John McVeigh asked the Infrastructure Department to reconsider an ineligible Queensland abattoir for a regional jobs grant.
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.
Labor claims that the vast majority of spending from the Urban Congestion Fund before the election went to Coalition, marginal 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.
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.
The Coalition ignored its own criteria in awarding $1 million drought grants. Of the 14 councils awarded grants, 13 were in Coalition-held electorates.
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.