The attempt by longtime Liberal staffer Phil Gaetjens to justify the rorted sports grants program is riddled with holes and efforts to distract.
It's time political journalists in this country took a long hard look at themselves.
Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison and Bridget McKenzie’s justification of the sports rorts scheme is falling apart at the seams, and flash floods are wreaking havoc in South East Queensland. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Philip Gaetjens' review of the sports rorts scandal should have set an example for the public service. Instead its only purpose was to get the government off the hook.
Whether Morrison and his gang are aware of the damage they are doing is unclear, but their shameless refusal to submit to the law is lethal to our democracy.
There are four main principles of conversation that normal people follow. Politicians follow basically none of them.
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.
Politicians are getting hundreds, if not thousands, of undisclosed freebies. This is a real flaw in our democratic process.
The community sports infrastructure program was always designed to be rorted. And that kind of rorting has now become the officially endorsed standard of the Morrison government.
Good morning, early birds. Bridget McKenzie finally heads to the backbench as damage from the rorts scandal continues to mount, and Novak Djokovic takes home another Australian Open. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.