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Federal

Sports rorts is back!

From this morning’s Saturday Paper Briefing…

“Guardian Australia reports that the Senate inquiry on sports grants has found at least six community sport infrastructure grants were approved by former sport minister Bridget McKenzie in 2019 despite Sports Australia not even receiving an application form. Five more applications were approved without meeting the score to be recommended for funding, including $235,000 for a synthetic green at Westbury Bowls Club in Tasmania.”

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Federal

Gamekeeper turns poacher: Joe Hockey cherrypicks our diplomatic talent for his lobbying shop

From Crikey

Not only has our former treasurer turned an ambassadorial stint into a new role as a lobbyist, he’s recruiting his former diplomatic staff.

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Federal

Coalition trying to stop auditor general giving evidence on report critical of arms deal

From the Guardian

The government is attempting to stop the auditor general giving evidence about a report critical of a $1.3bn arms deal, more than two years after it used extraordinary powers to suppress parts of his findings.

In 2018, the government redacted parts of an audit report that were critical of its purchase of a new combat vehicle fleet from arms manufacturer Thales.

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Federal

Federal government faces legal action over secret details of donor meetings

From the Guardian.

The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a legal bid to access documents – kept secret by the federal government – related to meetings between a major political party donor and authorities assessing plans for a development on protected wetlands near Brisbane.

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New South Vales

NSW government offered council grant funding to end legal action

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald reports that the NSW government made a confidential offer to the City of Parramatta for funding from a community grants program to settle a drawn-out legal dispute with another council.

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New South Vales

The councillor, the drug boss and the Liberal Party’s pot of gold

From this morning’s Age.

“Mystery surrounds a major donation to the Liberal Party by a fledgling water company headed by a party powerbroker but funded by a convicted Griffith drug boss.

Kent Johns still lists himself as the vice-president of the NSW Liberal Party on both LinkedIn and the Sutherland Shire Council’s website despite losing the position after his unsuccessful coup to take over as party boss late last year.”

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Federal

PM’s office silent after apparent reference to environment bill that doesn’t exist

From the Guardian

Scott Morrison’s office has declined to say what legislation he was referring to when he said he had “been taking action” on a landmark UN report about the extinction of a million different species.

On Monday, the UN released a comprehensive, multi-year report that revealed human society was under threat from the unprecedented extinction of the Earth’s animals and plants. The agriculture minister, David Littleproud, said the report “scared him”, during a debate on Wednesday.

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