Coalition embroiled in another grant rorts scandal

Just a day after Coalition MP Bridget McKenzie resigned over rorting the $100 million sports grant scheme (formally the Community Sport Infrastructure program), the Morrison Government has been accused of rorting a regional infrastructure grants program:

A regional infrastructure grants program administered by the Deputy Prime Minister awarded 94 per cent of its grants to electorates held or targeted by the Coalition in the months leading up to the election…

Analysis by Nine News, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reveals 156 of the 166 infrastructure grants announced two months before the election, went to Coalition held seats, or electorates the Coalition was targeting.

“This appears to be another Morrison government rort,” [Labor’s Infrastructure spokeswoman Catherine King] said…

“There isn’t a publicly funded grants program Scott Morrison won’t use for his own political purpose,” she said…

Nine grants were awarded to the seat of Indi totalling more than $4 million.

The Nationals were trying to win that seat back from an independent.

Grants totalling $7 million also went nine organisations in the Victorian marginal electorate of Corangamite…

Community organisations across the country applied for the grants through the Department of Infrastructure but the final decision on where the money went was made by a ministerial panel chaired by Michael McCormack, in consultation with cabinet.

Bring on another evaluation from the Auditor-General.

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  1. HadronCollision

    It just beggars belief. Or, more accurately, it should, but does not.

    Just wow.

    Labor surely will be emboldened.

    Some great work by the media on this, hoping PvO is all over this. Where will the leaks come from? Barnaby will be leaking SURELY, to bring down McCormack.

    Labor’s first order of business should be standing up a strong ICAC.

    Kevin Hogan our local member was madly running the company line last week pre the resignation. I told him it was good to see what side of probity he sat on.

        • Ergh, not into the binary tribalism you’re implying. I don’t support him either.

          The Dems have literally no-one and unless the demographic replacement (read mass immigration) in the 4 years that have been responsible for epic swings in Virginia etc has accelerated in marginal areas, he will win again. His only enemy now is a GFC 2.0 and that’s exactly why he’s keeping the stock market juiced.

          More nuance, less reactionary false binaries.

          • Trump’s approval rating has been as flat as a pancake almost since he took office. Tens of thousands of polls, yeah, I reckon it’s pretty accurate.

          • Same polling “data” that said he couldn’t win in the first place. Demographics and the economy the only data sets that matter in US election this year.

          • The polling data didn’t say he couldn’t win, it just said it was unlikely. 538 gave him a 25% chance of winning.

            Would you prefer to pretend Trump has a 60% approval rating and therefore any challenger is a sacrificial lamb? Or just accept that he’s not really that beloved.

            Maybe you should start your own consultancy where you advise corporations on political outcomes based on how many immigrants have arrived in the last year.

          • I’m not suggesting he has a 60% approval rating or that he’s that beloved – 100% your strawman.

            The US imports 1 million on average new migrants a year, dominated by Mexico. Demographics changed California from a Republican stronghold to what it is now in the space of a decade. Same with Virginia, same with Nevada and the same is now happening to Texas where the margin is turning the state purple. Why? Predominantly immigrants from latin america who vote left because of welfare and chain migration and also American refugees from California and other blue states fleeing to red states and taking their politics with them, unironically to avoid the tax and regulation they voted for in the first place.

            Perhaps you could look at the issue holistically instead of snarky defensive remarks?


          • All I want to know are the facts that make Trump unbeatable. I know it’s not illegal immigrants who are unable to vote.

          • Same polling “data” that said he couldn’t win in the first place. Demographics and the economy the only data sets that matter in US election this year.

            Was the polling data talking about the popular vote ?

        • Mate – u wot ?

          Trumps polling leading right into the election was something absurd like 13% – Hillary and others were literally laughing at him and making absurd jokes based on those polls. Why ? Because US polls are about as reliable as CNN is fair and balanced – its just Fox News for the left – its absolutely absurd.

          Here’s a far more reliable approach – his rallies. Not just the fact that hundreds of thousands are turning out in swing states (not just Trump heart land) in numbers not seen ever – for any President – not even for rock stars.

          Now those rallies take intended and historical voting intention and party affiliation polling from all attendees. So its some seriously good data.

          Registered Democrat voters at the last election were less than 10% – they are now up at around 40% and more in some states. That is an absolutely crazy statistic.

          Trump voting among blacks was around 4% at the last election, it is now around 34%.

          As for your “approval” rating of Trump – that is higher than Obama – think about that. You are seriously cherry picking your data. For example while Trumps approval rating is 43% head to head with others in most states puts his opponents at around 20-30% approval.

          There are plenty of states where his opponents do rise up to the 40% – but in those same states Trump pushes out to the 50%.

          I’m really not seeing anywhere that Trumps approval ratings when compared to Bernies, Sanders or anyone elses that he loses.

          Just posting his “approval” rating is totally meaningless in American politics – it really shows how you have “self selected” something that makes you “feel” good rather than any assessment of data.

          Trump relatively speaking to any second term President is the highest I have ever seen – oh – and get this – he is the first President in living memory not to launch a war into his Second Term re-election.

          Someone can correct me ? But Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama all launched multiple wars and / or no fly zones.

          Yemen was started under Obama for clarification.

          • No cherrypicking here. That’s been the figure almost since Trump took power, reinforced by what must be tens of thousands of polls now. That’s what the actual population thinks, not what the minority of fanatics who attend Trump rallies think.

            Obama was almost always higher than 43%. He briefly dipped to those sorts of levels and rose enough to be reelected.

  2. I’m sure Barnaby Joyce has no idea who’s leaking all this sports corruption and regional infrastructure grants stuff to the media.

  3. happy valleyMEMBER

    Scotty from Marketing and the rest of the LNP keep on telling us the LNP is the best at managing everything and they just keep on proving it.

    Just keep an eye on your wallet and credit cards.

    • C.M.BurnsMEMBER

      Labor explicitly took a federal ICAC to the last election. But Australia and especially QLD wanted Scotty from Marketing, franking credits, negative gearing and to hell with the consequences.

      • rob barrattMEMBER

        The trouble is, having kissed goodbye to manufacturing (in no small part due to our lack of productivity) the country has effectively been funneled into property, education rorts etc being seen as the last bastions of profit making activities. Our politicians are elected as long as they faithfully reflect this reality. Any attempt to apply any (inevitably painful) fix to our economic trajectory (especially our levels of debt) would see the party concerned being thrown out of power so fast their eyes would water. Labor found this out just recently.
        We’re going where our national characteristics are inevitably leading us. I think Lee Kwan Yew was remarkedly far sighted.

        • Arthur Schopenhauer

          We lost our manufacturing industry because our tax regime favors investment in real estate, not due to productivity.
          If you are going to have a high wage manufacturing sector, you need to encourage capital into high value manufacturing, and underpin it with fair and transparent government contracts.

          The Germans, Israelis and Finns manage it.

        • rob barrattMEMBER

          I lived and worked in Germany & Holland for more than 5 years. In Germany in particular people worked very hard. Where I worked (Bertelsmann) if someone pulled a sickie the other shift workers still had to meet group deadlines. There were unions but they related to the particular company and their major concern was health and safety, but it wasn’t the H&S Industry rort you see here. Example? Road workers with stop/go lollipop signs standing 300 meters from the road. By comparison, almost every country in Europe uses $10 technology and a length of cable connected to temporary traffic lights to control one way traffic and only where needed.
          The workers saw their prosperity as being dependent on the company’s prosperity. If there was a problem you came in at weekends to fix it. Period. Union corporations were not the norm.
          You do not succeed by failing to compete. In the end it’s about quality and price. They can do it. Us? The ultimate irony was Toyota closing because their MD was prevented from negotiating with his own work force. The “Fair Work” act was used by a union corporation to effectively close them down, no doubt to set an example to the others.

      • Ergh, as much as I support an ICAC Labor would also be committing suicide given their propensity for the Chinese dollar.

      • And this lame meme needs to die. Essentially, Australians were faced with a (horrible) choice at the last election. Turn the country into the third world overnight, or turn it into the third world in six months. The latter has happened.

        This noise about franking credits and Queensland is a low IQ deflection. When Labor and their voters want to fess up about their support of FTA’s, $500 million to the UN, mass immigration and multi-kult-ularism, identity politics and the rest then I might take them seriously. But they didn’t even have the balls to include the single worst policy ever, unlimited elderly parent visas, in their internal review so that won’t happen.

        Move on..

        • As a Queenslander I totally agree and am a case in point.

          I changed my vote at last mo. To PHON from labtard due the last minute ridiculousness.

          To say we are all backward etc etc is far from the truth and I think you’ve summarised it quite well.

    • If you count doing it less blatantly and less extensively as “anything different” then unironically: yes.

  4. Arthur Schopenhauer

    We need to hold both of them to account.

    I was going to say both sides, but with Libs 30%, Nats 5%, and Labor 38%, they are only 2 sides of a triangle.

  5. In today’s congestion-busting public service, why waste time with the Auditor General?

    Gee, that bloke hasn’t got a clue, how to say nice things about Scotty.

    Let’s send it straight to Phearless Phil at PM&C, he’ll have the holy water ready.

  6. It is a bit hard for the LNP to NOT dole out a bunch of grants to coalition held regional seats.

    How many non-coalition regional seats are there?

    The ALP have proved largely incapable of winning seats outside of metropolitan areas but then who needs the regional deplorables when you have virtues to signal and inner city seats to defend from the Greens.

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      Their biggest threat in regional seats are Independents with moral fortitude. The LNP are terrified of indys. Once you go Indy, it’s hard to go back! Just ask the seat of Kennedy.

  7. “awarded 94 per cent of its grants to electorates held or targeted by the Coalition”

    So not just Coalition seats but those “targeted” by the coalition. Who decides what a target was? The SMH???

    Also, this is a “Regional Infrastructure Grants Program”. Just how many regional seats do the ALP hold? Hardly any would be my guess.


    Scootie and the (liberal) blowfish pour over Murray’s ‘ Game of Mates’ and twist it into a grotesque version of Stephen Covey’s ” 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
    There’s no way back to the sensible Straya of old without a revolution.

    • It really is great we will have Canavan and Barnaby
      Corruption writ large

      This might finally be the nail in the coffin for this unrepresentative Cabal of entitled fkwit

      Or not, because there’re a lot of cockies and rural
      folk who vote nats just because