Bridget McKenzie sports rorts
Senator Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Peter Rae)

We’re living through a golden age of government rorting. The latest, a $660 million slush fund where money to build commuter car parks was funnelled into Liberal-held and marginal electorates ahead of the last election, barely made a ripple in a day dominated by lockdowns and the botched vaccine rollout.

The car park fund dwarfs sports rorts, revealed by the auditor-general last year. And it’s the latest in a very long list of slush funds, misdirected grants and pork-barrels, many of which are now forgotten. Here’s a quick run-through.

Sports rorts

This was the one that cut through. As sports minister, former Nationals Deputy Leader Bridget McKenzie presided over the $100 million community sport infrastructure program which funnelled money away from recommended projects to ones in marginal and Coalition-held seats ahead of the election.