Q.E.D. – The Database of Rorts and Scandals

Trust in government has never been so low. This crisis in public confidence is driven by the widespread perception that politics is corrupt and politicians and government have failed to be accountable. The sports rorts and the travel expenses rorts are just two major scandals that have again led to calls for a federal independent integrity commission.

Below are a number of stories highlighting political misconduct over the past several years. Few have been investigated, even fewer properly investigated. None have been prosecuted. QED – Quod Erat Demonstrandum – “so it has been demonstrated”. This compilation of allegations is, in itself, hard proof that Australia needs a federal corruption commission to hold government to account!

We’ll keep adding to the list. If you have something, to add, please get in touch.


Morrison takes credit for conservation legislation that doesn’t seem to exist

The Prime Minister claimed he had “been taking action” on a UN report about the extinction of a million species…

Michael McCormack and wife flew on a government jet to attend Melbourne Cup

Deputy PM Michael McCormack and his wife flew to Melbourne on a VIP government jet before the 2019 Melbourne Cup…

‘No limits to what Coalition will do to hide embarrassing information’

The government is trying to stop the auditor general giving evidence about his 2018 report that was critical of a…

Andrew Laming’s $550,000 grant to rugby club with links to staffer

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…

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…

Idyllic Cocos islands nice spot for a ‘family reunion’

Family members of Coalition MPs flew to the idyllic Cocos islands for a weekend jaunt on the taxpayers’ dime. Despite…

Martin Ferguson: in breach of parliament’s code of ethics for ex-ministers?

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