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Australia Sports rorts to Cartier: the scandal reports Morrison doesn’t want to release

13:42  19 january  2021
13:42  19 january  2021 Source:   crikey.com.au

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After months of reporting on the sports rorts scandal it seems we’re no closer to learning the truth about what happened. Fresh evidence is raising serious questions about the involvement of the prime minister’s office in the scheme and whether changes made after the election was called were legal.

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If Scott Morrison’s snippy and dismissive responses to fair questions didn’t tip you off, his government has proven itself time and time again even more averse to scrutiny than most.

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Beyond its commitment to defund or undermine regulators, it habitually sits on unflattering reports. And when it does release them, it’s often after an inordinate delay.

The results of the inquiry into the death of teenage worker Josh Park-Fing took more than four years, and the inquiry into religious freedoms and even the recent review into the Epping Gardens and St Basil’s aged care facility COVID-19 outbreaks came out only after concerted pressure.

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The Government has refused to release Phil Gatejens' report into the sports grants program. Mr Gaetjens has provided a summary of his report to a Senate Mr Gaetjens is a former chief of staff to Scott Morrison but from when the Prime Minister was the treasurer. In his secret report , which Mr

The " sports rorts " affair, also called the McKenzie Scandal , is a scandal named for the many similarities it has to the sports rorts affair that occurred under the Keating Government in 1993-1994.

The Shipton report

After a scandal which required ASIC chairman James Shipton to stand aside — in which taxpayers had footed a $118,000 bill for personal tax advice — an independent review of ASIC’s remuneration benefits was commissioned, to be completed by former inspector-general of intelligence and go-to writer of these reports Vivienne Thom.

According to The Australian Financial Review, there’s a fear within the corporate watchdog that the Morrison government will delay the report “until it finesses the sweeping changes it plans to make to the regulator’s management structure”.

The Holgate Cartier report

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Given the intricacies of the sports rorts controversy can be bamboozling, let’s keep this really simple. Scott Morrison has spent the weeks since the In this version of events, while the former sport minister Bridget McKenzie lined up the various grants to be rolled out during last year’s election on the

As we have noted, the report into the conduct of former Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate was quietly shelved right before Christmas, on account of the fact it most likely makes Morrison look like a right berk.

As it happens Holgate was acting well within Australia Post board procedures which, essentially, allow her to make bonuses of up to $150,000 without board approval. According to the AFR the report made a specific finding that Holgate had “not breached any rule, policy, procedure or governance requirement or committed any impropriety”.

The prime minister kicked up a huge performative stink over Holgate’s decision to pay four staff bonuses (in the form of gold Cartier watches) totalling almost $20,000. He told parliament he was “appalled” by her behaviour, and more or less explicitly asked her to resign if she wasn’t willing to “stand aside”.

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First, Morrison is refusing to release the report , citing Cabinet confidentiality, denying the public a chance to see Morrison has not even released an abridged version, executive summary or extract of the report for public consumption. All that the public and media have to go on is Morrison 's word.

Morrison has sought to distance both himself and his office from the controversy, insisting that McKenzie was the sole decision maker and characterising the role of his office as passing on information “based Sports rorts : agency admits failing to tell Senate about second McKenzie email.

Not that we’d know for sure.

Sports rorts report

After the incredible saga of the sports rorts affair — wherein then sports minister Bridget McKenzie’s office took control of a government grants process and directed it to marginal seats — Phil Gaetjens, Morrison’s former chief of staff turned head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, was given the job of putting together a report.

Unlike that produced by the Australian National Audit Office, which brought the sorry story to light, Gaetjen’s report appeared to let the government off the hook. It’s never been released.

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