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Sports rorts changes everything. It's time for a federal Icac | Katharine Murphy

Sports rorts changes everything. It's time for a federal Icac | Katharine Murphy

Before we go forward, just for a minute, I want to look back. Let’s track back to last April when the Morrison government was mulling the grants at the centre of the “sports rorts” scandal. Politics was hurtling towards a federal election that the Coalition (well, perhaps everyone apart from the prime minister himself) fully expected to lose. Believing

Scott Morrison refuses to take questions about timing of changes to sports grants

Scott Morrison refuses to take questions about timing of changes to sports grants

Scott Morrison has refused to answer questions about the sports grants saga, as Labor cites fresh evidence from the former sports minister Bridget McKenzie that she didn’t change the brief and attachments laying out the controversial funding decisions after 4 April, 2019. On Thursday evening McKenzie revealed she had not made “any changes or annotations”

McKenzie denies late changes to grant list

McKenzie denies late changes to grant list

Two Senate estimates hearings and the committee inquiring into the matter heard this week her office sent Sport Australia a changed spreadsheet - adding nine projects worth $3.3 million - three hours after initially sending it her authorisation. The auditor-general told senators its investigation showed the list of projects in the third round changed

Light shone on dark places of sport grants

Light shone on dark places of sport grants

Bridget McKenzie's decision - three hours after the 2019 federal election was called - to add nine projects to those being funded under a controversial sport grants program cost taxpayers $2.7 million. Five of those project proponents had sent in late applications while the other four amended their requests for money after the closing date. Sport Australia

McKenzie rejects backdating claim

McKenzie rejects backdating claim

Former sports minister Bridget McKenzie has rejected suggestions she changed a list of sporting clubs eligible for taxpayer funding during the election caretaker period. New evidence at Senate Estimates this week revealed the final list of approved projects was sent to Sports Australia four hours after Parliament was dissolved on April 11, with nine

Bridget McKenzie reignites sports rorts affair by denying late changes to grants

Bridget McKenzie reignites sports rorts affair by denying late changes to grants

The former sports minister, Bridget McKenzie, has reignited the sports rorts controversy by insisting she made no changes to the brief and attachments outlining successful projects funded under the sports grants scheme after 4 April 2019. In a statement on her website , the first public intervention since stepping down from the ministry , McKenzie

New email puts Morrison back in firing line over sports rorts

New email puts Morrison back in firing line over sports rorts

Sport Australia has been forced to correct the record after failing to tell a Senate inquiry it received a second set of instructions from the former sport minister Bridget McKenzie on the day Scott Morrison called the 2019 election. The agency that administered the controversial sports grants program acknowledged the error during a Senate estimates

Sport Australia gave incorrect ‘sport rorts’ evidence

Sport Australia gave incorrect ‘sport rorts’ evidence

Sport Australia has admitted it gave incorrect evidence to a Senate inquiry into the sports rorts scandal by failing to disclose an additional email was sent from Bridget McKenzie’s office to the agency the day the election was called. Chief operating officer Luke McCann conceded he made an error but assured the Senate estimates hearing he was not