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.
First it was a $14,000 private jet to watch a Commonwealth Games basketball game to sit with Prince Charles; a month later it was a $20,000 jet to watch the Mustangs ice hockey team in Melbourne.
Barnaby Joyce spent more than $18,000 of taxpayer funds travelling to Armidale and Tamworth when he was trying to win the lower house seat of New England.
Then assistant health minister and her chief of staff pulled a food health star rating website. Her chief of staff was previously chair of, and still held shares in, APA, a lobbyist for the Australian Beverages Council and Mondelez Australia.
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.
Former Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing and heavy donor recipient from Tabcorp and other racing lobbyists, Troy Grant now serves as Chairman of the Integrity Assurance Committee for RacingNSW.
The $80 million deal, signed off by by then-agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce, had been rejected twice and involved a company that Angus Taylor was once a director of.
George Souris is a former member of the NSW Parliament, representing Upper Hunter for The Nationals. During his time with the Nationals he received a total of $13,000 in donations from The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and was instrumental in signing the 2010 Memorandum of Understanding with ClubsNSW which afforded the lobbyist organisation several benefits including a $300 million tax break. Souris is now Director on the board of RacingNSW, appointed in December 2017.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack and his wife flew to Melbourne on a VIP government jet before the 2019 Melbourne Cup and justified the trip by reannouncing a three-year-old funding pledge for a sports facility.
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.
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.
The Regional Jobs and Investment Packages was a $220 million Coalition promise rolled out after the 2016 election but conflicts of interest were not managed properly, according to the Auditor General.
The MP claimed $675,000 in expenses for the nine months in the role and was allocated two staff members to conduct his work at a cost of an estimated $200,000.
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.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader Barnaby Joyce has been an enthusiastic promoter of coal for many years.
PREVIOUS POSITIONS Deputy Prime Minister (Jul 2005-Dec 2007) Federal Minister for Trade & Investment (Jul 1999-Sep 2006) Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry (Oct 1998-Jul 1999) Federal Minister for Transport & Regional Development...
PREVIOUS POSITIONS Federal Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (2001-2004) Federal Minister for Community Services (1999-2001) PREVIOUS POSITIONS Federal MP for Richmond, NSW (Mar1996-Oct 2004) President, National Party of Australia (Sep 2015-present) ...
PREVIOUS POSITIONS Deputy Prime Minister (Jul 1999-Jul 2005) Federal Minister for Transport & Regional Development (Oct 1998-Jul 2005) Federal Minister for Primary Industries & Energy (Mar 1996-Oct 1998) PREVIOUS POSITIONS Senator for South Australia...