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The mysterious case of disappearing donations…

February 2020

The Liberal Party disclosed a $165,000 political donation from a Morrison ally who is also in the running for a $1 billion contract then deleted records of it after questions from the media.

The Liberal Party disclosed a $165,000 political donation then deleted records of it after questions from the media. According to The Guardian, the donation was made by a largely inactive political consultancy Southern Strategy set up by Scott Briggs, a friend of the prime minister’s, four years ago. Briggs is also behind a consortium that is in the running for the government’s $1 billion contract to privatise Australia’s visa processing system. The Liberal Party has refused to answer any questions on the issue.

Labor said it would refer the matter to Parliament’s joint parliamentary standing committee on electoral matters because there were “serious questions that still need to be answered”.

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What's a rort?

Conflicts of Interest

Redirecting funding to pet hobbies; offering jobs to the boys without a proper tender process; secretly bankrolling candidates in elections; taking up private sector jobs in apparent breach of parliament’s code of ethics, the list goes on.

Deceptive Conduct

Claiming that greenhouse gas emissions have gone down when the facts clearly show otherwise; breaking the law on responding to FoI requests; reneging on promised legislation; claiming credit for legislation that doesn’t exist; accepting donations that breach rules. You get the drift of what behaviour this category captures.

Election Rorts

In the months before the last election, the Government spent hundreds of millions of dollars of Australian taxpayers’ money on grants for sports, community safety, rural development programs and more. Many of these grants were disproportionally awarded to marginal seats, with limited oversight and even less accountability.

Dubious Travel Claims

Ministerial business that just happens to coincide with a grand final or a concert; electorate business that must be conducted in prime tourist locations, or at the same time as party fundraisers. All above board, maybe, but does it really pass the pub test? Or does it just reinforce the fact that politicians take the public for mugs?

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