Senate inquiry to investigate sports rorts scandal

.The Senate has passed Labor’s motion to hold an inquiry into the sports rorts scandal. Amongst other things, the probe will seek the release of a report into the saga by chief bureaucrat Phil Gaetjens.

Gaetjens’ report controversially cleared former cabinet minister Bridget McKenzie of any wrongdoing over the allocation of sports grants, but found that she had breach ministerial standards over her failure to declare her membership of a shooting club that received a grant. Shadow sports minister Don Farrell says McKenzie’s former staffers may appear before the inquiry, as will Auditor-General Grant Hehir, who authored the original damning report. From The SMH:

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the government’s failure to listen to the advice of the Auditor-General’s report was “farcical”…

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