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Gaetjens’ shoddy arguments do little to help his credibility — or the government

Gaetjens’ shoddy arguments do little to help his credibility — or the government

The attempt by longtime Liberal staffer Phil Gaetjens to justify the rorted sports grants program is riddled with holes and efforts to distract.

As the press gallery ate up Shearer Scotty, down the road taxpayers were being fleeced

As the press gallery ate up Shearer Scotty, down the road taxpayers were being fleeced

It's time political journalists in this country took a long hard look at themselves.

McKenzie approved 290 ineligible sports grants

McKenzie approved 290 ineligible sports grants

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.

PM’s secret trial is simply not good enough, says former top public servant

PM’s secret trial is simply not good enough, says former top public servant

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.

Wake up, Australia: the government is shattering the rule of law

Wake up, Australia: the government is shattering the rule of law

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.

Why do politicians sound so fake? We asked a linguist to explain

Why do politicians sound so fake? We asked a linguist to explain

There are four main principles of conversation that normal people follow. Politicians follow basically none of them.

How to rort-proof grant programs: delete politicians

How to rort-proof grant programs: delete politicians

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.

Bridget McKenzie’s downfall shows why political freebies need reform (as a starting point)

Bridget McKenzie’s downfall shows why political freebies need reform (as a starting point)

Politicians are getting hundreds, if not thousands, of undisclosed freebies. This is a real flaw in our democratic process.

McKenzie goes, but the stench of corruption remains

McKenzie goes, but the stench of corruption remains

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.

McKenzie steps down as scandal hits home

McKenzie steps down as scandal hits home

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.