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Phil Gaetjens (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Phil Gaetjens’ admissions are shocking. But his role has always been conflicted

The PM&C secretary didn't investigate Bridget McKenzie's legal authority in the sports rorts scandal. But that's hardly surprising, given there's no notion of independence in his role.

Former minister for agriculture Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

How to defund your way out of a pesky rorts scandal (and other news you may have missed)

Is the government looking to starve its audit watchdog of cash? Plus, bad news for fish lovers, and Amanda Vanstone certainly won't be on JobSeeker anytime soon.

Former minister for agriculture Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Rorts may come and go: it’s keeping ministers accountable that matters

What failed during the sports rorts scandal was not the regulatory framework, but the culture of accountability and responsibility.

(Image: AAP/James Ross)

Queensland bids for Virgin

Good morning, early birds. State-owned Queensland Investment Corporation will make an official bid for a stake in Virgin Australia, and yesterday's return to parliament didn't disappoint. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein (Image: AAP/Rob Blakers)

Tasmania and NT reveal the road ahead

The Tasmanian and Northern Territory governments will today announce their plans to slowly move away from lockdown. But how are all these decisions actually made?

Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/James Ross)

The conflicted interests of Bridget ‘Beretta’ McKenzie: Exhibits D and E

Was Bridget McKenzie's sports rorts scandal just a sign of how the Morrison government does business?

Nationals Leader Michael McCormack and Senator Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The conflicted interests of Bridget ‘Beretta’ McKenzie: Exhibits B and C

Senator McKenzie is far from the only politician to benefit from the generosity of special interest groups.

Senator Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The conflicted interests of Bridget ‘Beretta’ McKenzie: Exhibit A

The sports rorts affair showed why we need a transparent government. Inq examines the case against then-sports minister Bridget McKenzie.

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet head Philip Gaetjens (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The PM’s pick finally faces a Senate grilling over sports rort

With many pressing questions so far going unanswered, what will the Senate uncover of Phil Gaetjens' investigation into the sports rorts scandal?

(Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt)

$2.4 billion pledged for medical response

Good morning, early birds. The government has approved a $2.4 billion medical package to tackle coronavirus, and Victoria's premier is preparing for school shutdowns, event cancellations and mandatory working from home. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.