Yesterday Inq reported on the National Party's blurred lines when it comes to conflict-of-interest questions. Today we ask if Senator Bridget McKenzie's flawed decision-making during the sports rorts affair is actually part and parcel of how the Morrison government does business.
Exhibit D: a minister's right to do what they want
Senator McKenzie has consistently refused to concede she breached the law or convention in overriding 73% of grant approvals recommended by Sport Australia bureaucrats, recommendations which followed a merit assessment.
In the first week of March -- six weeks after her administration was eviscerated by a report by the independent Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) -- she posted a defiant message to her website, saying. "I make no apology for applying ministerial discretion to ensure fairness across funded projects."