Pork Barrelling

When the Auditor General released a scathing report on the allocation of $100million in sports grants, we all understood that funds had been allocated to advantage political interests. The problem is not new, and its extent is staggering. Over $6.8billion is provided annually by the government in the form of grants. So many grants. So many opportunities for corruption. A cynic might think that grants are devised primarily to create a mechanism for local members to ingratiate themselves with their electorate. What fools we are! Our politicians are using our money to buy our votes. Whilst moral outrage against Bridget McKenzie may give momentary pleasure to her opponents, and short-lived disc

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Peter Francis Fenwick       Writer      Melbourne     Australia