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According to Fairfax, Bridget McKenzie awarded money to a club she was a member of, which could contravene the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
According to the digging of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Rob Harris, Bridget McKenzie’s credibility has lurched further off-target, as it seems she awarded a gun club $36,000 without disclosing that she was a member of it.
As Scott noted, “Senator McKenzie announced on February 25 last year $35,980 for the Wangaratta Clay Target Club from the Community Sports Infrastructure Grant program to assist with the installation of new toilets and amenities.”
“Not many gun clubs can claim federal ministers amongst their membership, but the Wangaratta Clay Target Club now can…while here to talk to the committee, Bridget signed up to our club as a full fee-paying member. She is moving her electorate office to our region and chose our club to show her support for the work we are doing to not only keep the club active, but to continually improve all aspects of our operations,” the club said via an announcement in 2019.
The kicker, according to Scott, is that McKenzie has not disclosed this connection in the register of her interests, which was purportedly updated last November. As a minister, McKenzie is required to flag any potential conflicting interests (which is kept in the office of the Prime Minister) and preclude herself from any decisions made that involve aforesaid interests.
McKenzie is yet to respond to queries on this matter. According to the code of ministerial conduct, elected officials are required to declare any changes in (or to) these interests within 28 days.
“Failure to declare or register a relevant and substantive personal interest as required by the Parliament constitutes a breach of these standards,” the code states.
Officially, everything is on the level, as both Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg have stated that all the rules were followed. In an effort to prove it, Morrison has launched a review into the process, headed up by Attorney-General Christian Porter, who himself has received almost $1 million in taxpayer funding through the same program.
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