RortDetailAction
Lib polster paid for secret research
Federal
Jim Reed, Liberal Party polster with Crosby Textor paid $500k for NCCC market research that can’t be made public. No tender.No action
Staffer made ACCC commissioner
Federal
11/12 Peter Crone, former adviser to PM Howard, gave economic advice costing $136k and in Dec. appointed to the Australian Competition and Consumer CommissionNo action
Marketing deal for insider
Federal
Richard Forbes, former media adviser to the Nationals, wins $189 bid for spin on how well the bushfire recovery is going. No tender.No action
$10m for Visy stacker
Federal
Visy donated $3m, about 1/2 each to the Libs and Labor before the 2019 election. The $10m for the stacker was paid out of the bushfire recovery fund.ANAO doing an audit of Bushfire Recovery Agency.
Off to the races on public purse
Federal
9/12 57 MPs travelled to, in, or from Melbourne around the time of the 2019 Melbourne Cup. Deputy PM, Michael McCormack, and wife used government jet into Tabcorp’s Melbourne Cup party justifying the trip by re-announcing a 3-year-old grant for a sports hall.Independent Parlt. Expenses Authority investigating expenses claimed by 13 MPs
PM, Treasurer party trip
Federal
4/11 Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg took a taxpayer-funded flight in a private jet to Lachlan Murdoch’s Christmas party costing $5k. Parliamentary business? Unlikely. Vested interest, probably.No action as yet
Lap dancers, wine, non-existent staff
WA
27/11 WA Corruption and Crime Commission reports former MP Phil Edman impeded investigation and used taxpayer funds for strip club, wine tours, employee who didn’t turn up to work for 7 years.Likely to lead to criminal charges
Berejiklian says rorts OK
Federal/NSW

27/11Berejiklian actually says all governments and all oppositions make commitments to the community in order to curry favour. That’s part of the political process whether we like it or not. Documents approving Stronger Communities Grants to local councils worth $250m shredded by NSW Premier’s officeNSW Parliamentary committee investigating
NCCC conflict of interests secret
Federal
The COVID-19 Coordination Commissioners have made declarations of conflicts of interest but these will not be made public. Chair, Nev Power and Deputy, Andrew Liveris, pushing gas interests.
NSW Airport rort
Federal
Update 19/11 Morrison government refuses to comply with Senate order to produce 10 briefs on the controversial purchase. Land at Badgery Creek worth $3m purchased for $30m. Owners of the land donated $176,600 to the Liberal PartyANAO found the sale fell short of ethical standards, under investigation
Bribes paid to councillors for rezoning
Vic
Lobbyists linked to ALP and Libs were paid $500k each and Casey councillors bribed by a property developer to get chicken farm zoned for housing in Cranbourne South. Property developer donated to the ALP before the last election. Land value increased from $73k to $550m.IBAC investigating, Casey council sacked
Jobs for the boys at AAT
Federal
Attorneys General Porter and Brandis appointed 70 former MPs and staffers to the AAT. Appointee and former staffer, Tony Barry, admits to having been kicked out of law school.Review of AAT recommends merit-based process. No govt. action.
Palmer again
Qld and Federal
Clive Palmer lies about ‘Labor’s death tax’ in the Queensland State Election. Will likely spend the max allowed under new Qld caps on donations and election spending, hoping his business interests will benefit from an LNP Government.Misleading and deceptive conduct prohibited by law for corporations and commerce but not for politics
Vic Rail execs on the take
Vic
Fleet Manager of Metro Trains and V/Line CEO pocket ~$150k each from cleaning company to cover up poor performance.Vic IBAC is investigating
Top 40 tax dodgers
Federal
Michael West lists the latest companies that make huge profits and pay little or nothing in tax and the fossil fuel sector is well-represented! ExxonMobil made over $42b over 5 years and paid zero tax.Exxon spent $10m fighting the ATO, uses tax havens
Daryl Maguire
NSW
Dodgy property and immigration deals, peddling access to PremierNSW ICAC investigating. Ministers and Parliamentary Secs now banned from property deal commissions 
ASIC Chair rorting
Federal
ASIC Chair, James Shipton and his deputy paid $180,000 to relocate and manage personal tax affairs and this is the regulator!Discovered by ANAO, investigation underway by consultant, Vivienne Thom
Aust Post watches
Federal
$12k spent on four Cartier watches for execs – the latest in a long list of executive gifts. Post claims it is a commercial entity even though wholly owned by the Commonwealth. Board is stacked with Liberal party leaders and former MPs.Coms Minister orders an investigation. PM overreacts, stands down CEO. 
Water rights Federal$80m to buy non-existent water rights from previously Angus Taylor-controlled offshore entity, approved by Barnaby JoyceNo action
JobKeeper rorts
Federal
JobKeeper payments used to pay dividends to shareholders and executive bonusesNo action
Foxtel bailout
Federal
Foxtel received $40m overall for its flagging subscription TV service, supposedly to broadcast women’s sport. Foxtel is Murdoch-owned which relentlessly promotes the Coalition. Arguably the Coalition’s NBN rollout to the node made it slower and less of a threat to subscription TV. ABC must pay for licensing fee to rebroadcast.No explanation as to why necessary. FOIs answered but hugely redacted.
General Covid pork-barrelling
Federal
Billions spent on projects – regional swimming pools, Regional Growth Fund, Building Better Regions Fund, Urban Congestion Fund, Regional Jobs and Investment Package – which were overwhelmingly in Liberal seats and/or had dodgy approvals process.No action
Drought Communities Program
Federal
Of the 14 councils awarded funds under this program, 6 did not meet the agricultural employment threshold, 7 did not meet the rainfall deficiency threshold but were awarded the $1m each anyway, 13 councils were in coalition seatsNo action
Female Facilities and Water Safety Stream
Federal
No guidelines, no tender process, no application form. Some recipients first heard about it in the local paper.No action
Sports rorts
Federal
$102.5 million handed out grants with no legal authority, by-passing proper process to largely benefit marginal electorates and well-heeled clubsIn-house investigation kept secret, ANAO finds bias, Minister MacKenzie stood down, no commitment to act differently.
Lies about flights
Federal
Angus Taylor falsely claimed the City of Sydney spent $15m on air travel when it was only $6k but the document relied upon cannot be foundNo one found responsible
Aust Border Force 
Federal
$39m ‘fee’ handed out to boat builder Austral to prop up failing business. Austral donated $20k to the Liberal party.Uncovered by Auditor General in 2018, now being investigated by ACLEI
$1.3b arms deal
Federal
Government goes to extraordinary lengths to suppress Auditor General’s report showing cheaper optionsSenator Rex Patrick pursuing
Robodebt
Federal
Centrelink raises ~$2billion in unlawful debts using income averaging. Brought in debt collectors causing great anxiety. Delays in payments. No apology, no acknowledgement of the damage to victims.Government settles out of court 17/11 pays out $1.2b. Court action by Vic Legal Aid successful. No one sacked.
Great Barrier Reef fund
Federal
Coalition awarded $430m contract to small, Liberal Party-connected organisation despite an existing, established and well-credentialed group applying for funds. (Real problem for reef is global warming.)ANAO investigates, warns serious shortcomings in assessment criteria.