What have Bridget McKenzie and the Nats learned from their recent time in the rorts spotlight? For one thing, she’s declaring every candy bar that comes her way…
It was only 18 months ago that the sports rorts scandal, starring then-sports minister Senator Bridget McKenzie, became the symbol of all that was wrong with the Morrison government — and in particular the National Party.
McKenzie’s return to the cabinet — thanks to Barnaby Joyce — is a sign that, in the universe of the Nationals, questions of public trust matter little.
The sports rorts scandal was a textbook example of a government using public money for party gain. For McKenzie the issue was how she handled her conflicts of interest as a minister dispensing grants to organisations of which she was a member.
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