The then assistant health minister and her chief of staff, Alastair Furnival, intervened to pull a food health star rating website. Furnivall is married to a lobbyist for the junk food sector, Tracey Cain, the only director of Australian Public Affairs, which represented the Australian Beverages Council and Mondelez Australia, Furnival was previously chair of APA and still held shares in the company when acting as Nash’s chief of staff.
According to the ABC, the health star website, which contained detailed information on Australia’s new front-of-pack labelling system for food and beverages, disappeared less than 24 hours after it was launched. The Health Department said a draft version of the site was put up in error, but health groups say there was nothing wrong with it.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Furnival and then Senator Nash intervened to pull down the website, despite it being in development for two years and approved by state and territory food ministers.
Scott Morrison and that phone call to the NSW police commissioner
The Prime Minister was roundly condemned after admitting he telephoned the NSW Police Commissioner about the investigation into the Angus Taylor/Sydney City Council affair. Both men insist the phone call was innocuous but will not release the transcript.
Joel Fitzgibbon fails to declare payment for China trips
Joel Fitzgibbon failed to declare two trips he took to China in 2002 and 2005, which were paid for by Chinese-born businesswoman Helen Liu.
Jobs scheme targeted marginal electorate, ignored recommendations
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 $80m water deal that has provided no water
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.
Jobs for the boys? The limits of limited tendering
The Coalition Government appointed former Liberal staffer to a $500,000 a year job through a limited tender.