What failed during the sports rorts scandal was not the regulatory framework, but the culture of accountability and responsibility.
Was Bridget McKenzie's sports rorts scandal just a sign of how the Morrison government does business?
The persistence of grant rorting suggests politicians can't be trusted with administering grants programs. Bureaucrats aren't perfect, but won't pork-barrel and misuse taxpayer money.
Resigning in disgrace is a common pastime for Australian pollies. They always land on their feet.
Bridget McKenzie is not short on gifts – so why was a membership to a gun club that received a sports grant left undeclared?
$100,000 for horse massages? Seems fair!
What would a class action lawsuit against Bridget McKenzie's sports rorting scandal look like? The question, like the case, is a tricky one.
The government is proud of centralising all Commonwealth grants on one bespoke platform for everyone to see. Until it wanted to hide the sports grants it intended to rort.
The sports grants affair stands testament not just to the deviousness of much of the political class, but also to its egotism