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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

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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Queensland

LNP in Queensland – “Christian soldiers”, climate deniers and Clive Palmer

The Guardian looks at growing fractures in the Queensland Liberal National Party, reporting a growth in conservative members AKA “Christian soldiers”, a bunch of climate deniers, and the continuing political and economic influence of Clive Palmer.

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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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