In the lead up to the last federal election Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised a national anti-corruption commission.
Instead, the Morrison Government has put forward a farcical model that experts believe will actually “hide corruption, not expose it”.
Today Michael Pascoe gives a strong hint why: the Coalition is swimming in graft and corruption:
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Exposure will not weary them, nor shame condemn – the giant pork barrel that is the federal government’s web of grants and rorts rolls on regardless.
With the stench of the “#carporks” still fresh, the latest instalment from grant corruption central is Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund – $300 million worth of political largesse hopelessly skewered towards electorates held by the coalition and independents.
Spreadsheet sleuth Vince O’Grady analysed the $294 million “infrastructure projects stream” to find funds were allocated according to form – 16 per cent to Labor electorates, 11 per cent to seats held by independents and 73 per cent to Coalition seats.
That is actually slightly less partisan than previous BBRF grants. The Labor seat score has been as low as 5 per cent…
“This is why the Morrison-Joyce government won’t introduce a National Integrity Commission. It would get in the way of rorts like this,” [Labor’s Catherine] King said.
Labor’s Catherine King has gone for the jugular via Twitter:
Caught red handed, the Deputy PM’s response is “I don’t care”.
Nothing is going to change under the Morrison-Joyce Government.
They’ll never stop the rorts.
They’ll never introduce a real integrity commission.
They don’t deserve to be in government.https://t.co/IurIZz48kw
— Catherine King MP (@CatherineKingMP) October 11, 2021
The sad reality is that if a NSW/Victorian-styled anti-corruption commission was in effect federally, a veritable a conga-line of Morrison Government MPs would likely be exposed and forced to resign.
The big test will come if Labor wins next year’s federal election. Will it follow through with its promise of a genuine anti-corruption commission? Or will it also back down?
Talk is easy from opposition.
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