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
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.
Roads funding directed to Coalition, marginal seats
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.