A Vertical Triptych

Inspired by Tanya Plibersek, Catherine Perry, and Gravel:

451 thoughts on “A Vertical Triptych

  1. I’m sorry, Ms Plibersek, but I cannot pledge to respect the laws of this country when so many of them are unjust.

    Our unjust laws curb our rights, deprive us of freedoms and with Labor’s eager support are becoming more and more draconian.

    I cannot support laws which make it illegal to have an abortion or to sleep rough if you are homeless.

    I refuse to support laws that keep innocent people in detention centres simply because they came to us seeking our help.

    I cannot support laws that make it a criminal offence to assist an elderly relative to commit suicide, or make it an offence to take your own life when you know you are facing years with dementia.

    I won’t support legislation that makes it illegal to protest unjust actions or lack of action by government.

    I don’t support legislation that enforces ever increasing penalties and dreadful “mutual obligation” on the most vulnerable Australians.

    I will not pledge to support laws that allow increasing surveillance of all Australians.

    I could go on and on. You, Ms Plibersek, know exactly what I mean because your party has supported all these laws and more.

    • These laws have mostly had the support of Labor before the election. Tanya and Labor merely continue the pattern of me-tooism for fear of the media’s reponse. True bravery. Not. At the end of Morrison’s term, Labor and LNP will be so similar in views that people won’t be able to differentiate them.

  2. For Un-Australian of the Year, I nominate our part-time Prime Minister who prefers to take his holidays not in Australia and who prefers to be absent when fires and floods call for national leadership.

  3. I totally support Fiona, Catherine Perry, Gravel, leonetwo, TLBD – your words are inspiring, your words reflect the Australia I thought I was part of.

    The people around the world who are concerned for the future – I want those people to hear your voices, and to know that they are not alone.

    I believe we as a nation do not need the formulaic public demonstrations of ‘patriotism’, which do nothing to bring people together.

    My pride in my country comes from the words of people here, and seeing the things we could be doing to join other nations in playing our part as good global citizens.

    It sure as hell doesn’t come from our current politicians.

    I’m deeply disappointed by Ms Plibersek’s words.I expected better from a Labor person.

  4. Good grief!

    The controversial writer and media commentator Bettina Arndt has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list for services “to gender equity through advocacy for men”.


    Even gooder grief!

    Multiple Liberal politicians received honours this year: former Queensland premier Campbell Newman, former New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell, former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu and former immigration minister Amanda Vanstone.


  5. Canberra, Australia – Australia’s worst-ever bushfires have thrust climate change into the political spotlight, but one of the country’s most powerful media conglomerates continues to deny the links between extreme weather events and climate change: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

    On January 2, following weeks of horrific losses and fatalities, newspapers around the world put Australia’s bushfires on their front pages.

    But in Australia, The Australian – News Corp’s flagship newspaper – dedicated its front page to a photo of a new year’s day picnic, and its tabloid Herald Sun relegated the story to page four.

    At that point, eight people had died in the bushfires, mass evacuations were underway from Victoria’s East Gippsland region, and the New South Wales (NSW) south coast had seen whole villages wiped out.


  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers on another Slow Sunday.

    Bevan Shields explains why ‘getting Brexit done’ is easier said than accomplished.
    And Nick Bonyhady explains what the Bridget McKenzie scandal is all about.
    In an Australia Day op-ed Anthony Albanese writes on how adversity brings out the best in us.
    Morrison also has an op-ed which basically says, “How good is Australia!”.
    Bevan Shields begins this contribution with, “Something strange happened this week: for the first time in a long time, Donald Trump wasn’t the main attraction at a gathering of world leaders. The circus had lost its ringmaster.”
    Returning home to Australia after spending a couple of years living in the US Matthew Knott reflects on where we are at – and he doesn’t like it.
    As Scott Morrison continues to deal with the bushfire crisis, the extent of Senator Bridget McKenzie’s pork-barrelling has been exposed, writes John Wren in his weekly political roundup.
    British police are to start operational use of live facial recognition (LFR) cameras in London, despite warnings over privacy from rights groups and concerns expressed by the government’s own surveillance watchdog.
    The SMH editorial reflects on what Australian Day means.
    Campbell Newman collects a gong in the Honours List. Says plenty about the awards.
    Adam Morton reveals that a senior adviser to the federal government on threatened species has backed calls for the creation of a national scientific monitoring system after the bushfire crisis to help fix Australia’s “very uneven” record in protecting endangered wildlife.
    The Gold Coast mayor, Tom Tate, could face misconduct proceedings after a scathing rebuke by Queensland’s corruption watchdog over his actions in public office.
    Many young people have no knowledge of a genocide conducted in the heart of enlightened Europe. The consequences will be felt for years writes Alex Ryvchin.
    Peter Brewer writes about a survivor who is deeply troubled that despite a Royal Commission, widespread condemnation of the Catholic Church’s “protected” confessional secrecy, and the terrible abuse admissions made by priests, very little has changed.
    Trump knows all he needs for evangelical votes is to crack down on women’s rights writes Arwa Mahdawi.

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding

    Reg Lynch

    From the US

  7. Disappointing and poor judgement from Tania. Jingoism is a very dangerous virus to be injecting into young schoolchildren. Next thing they’re grown up and planting flags in front gardens. Aussie aussie aussie. OI-OI-OI … U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A … Blimey! Gimme a break!

    • It is where the bloody Coalition will lead us should a “patriotism competition” start that is the worry. The story of the “We’re tough on boat people ” contest is a warning. Labor will of course enter the fray as their ‘brains trust’ will be more concerned with votes and “the politics’.

  8. Bettina Arndt –

    Former editor of a raunchy sex advice/education magazine.

    Everyone has forgotten the 1970s “Forum” – Australian version – with its frequent cover photos of a usually barely clad younger Bettina, often with a male companion, also barely clad.

    Some of those cover photos are in the links further down to Loon Pond articles.

    A married couple I knew well bought every issue of that magazine. I read a few, decided Forum was not for me and politely declined further offers to read articles. I’ve never forgotten that magazine though, and whenever Bettina churns out another of her articles filled with loathing of women and adoration of men I can’t help wondering what happened to her during her years in the US, what caused her to change so much.

    Back then she offered “advice” on sex as often as possible with anyone you fancied. She advocated open marriage and took up with a married man..

    Then her husband died tragically young, leaving Bettina with a young son.She eventually married a Yank lawyer, moved to the US, somewhere along the line found some god or other and eventually returned to Australia a devout “Christian” who thought women should bow down to men, obey their husbands no matter what and pander to their every whim.

    She told women they should never refuse their husbands but should consent to sex even when they did not feel “in the mood”. She was actually condoning rape within marriage.

    And this Christianist nuttery, this loathing of women gets her an award for services to gender equality? What the hell were the council members thinking! Did they do any research at all into this woman’s past, or were they just following orders from the PM?

    Loon Pond did a good bucket job on the unlovely Bettina in 2010, inspired by her comments on Julia Gillard becoming Prime Minister. It contained mentions of Young Bettina’s sexual and other adventures, so very different to the nonsense she was preaching by then.

    Bettina Arndt, Julia Gillard, and too much advice from too many people about role models …

    Meanwhile, I do so worry about Arndt’s many fans. Are they aware that she began her career by becoming a part of the exciting new era of Masters and Johnson sex techniques, and by publishing Forum magazine, dedicated to everything sexual, and that she took up with a married man:

    PETER THOMPSON: There’s an interesting element here about openness in relationships, because initially, wasn’t he far from open about the nature of his real circumstances?

    BETTINA ARNDT: Yes, that he… Well, he was a married man and he didn’t present himself as a married man.

    PETER THOMPSON: He DIDN’T present himself as a married man.

    BETTINA ARNDT: “We have this arrangement, my wife and I,” you know. And of course, you know, a young woman in the ’70s, you choose to believe what you want to hear, you know. That’s what I wanted to hear, that this wasn’t really a married man, and so I chose to see it was a very amicable, you know, semi-separation, and that wasn’t the case at all


    In 2014 Loon Pond attacked again with this –

    The pond attends yet another forum with Bettina Arndt. Is this all there is to life?

  9. A scathing comment on Tanya Plibersek’s “pledge” –

  10. Bridget McKenzie buys $2 million house as second Melbourne investment property

    Deputy Nationals Leader Bridget McKenzie has bought a $2 million property in one of Melbourne’s swankiest suburbs raising questions about her commitment to rural and regional Australia.

    Records show Senator McKenzie, who styles herself as a gun-toting champion of the bush, settled on a near-beachfront two-bedroom cottage in Middle Park in the lower house seat of Macnamara this month. It is her second Melbourne property purchase.

    Senator McKenzie’s internal enemies nicknamed her the “Senator for Elwood” when it emerged she was living in Melbourne and not the bush, which the Nationals claim to represent.

    Her parliamentary register now lists her Elwood property as an investment that she rents out. Her office said she lives in Wodonga. Confirmation was sought as to how long the Senator has been living there.

    The embattled Agriculture Minister, who is facing calls for her sacking and is being investigated over sports grants, refused to say if she planned to resume her city-dwelling life when she was contacted by The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age


    • Scott Morrison has kicked off Australia Day with a sombre tribute to the firefighters who have lost their lives during this summer’s bushfire crisis as he reveals plans to honour volunteers, career emergency service officers and defence force reservists on the front lines.

      The Prime Minister and his young daughters Lily and Abbey started Australia Day in Canberra by laying a wreath at the National Emergency Services Memorial to honour the six firefighters who have died so far in the horrific summer.

      His personal tribute came as firefighters will also soon be eligible for the National Emergency Medal for “sustained or significant service” during the bushfire crisis.

      Mr Morrison on Sunday said the honour reflected the work of all those have worked to quell the fires, including those who will still be on the ground fighting fires during the national day


      Let’s just call it the “How Great’s Hawaii!” medal.

  11. Victoria Rollison has compiled an excellent thread on the gender crimes of the ravings loony Bettina Arndt.

  12. Satire –

    PM Announces Brian Houston And Donald Trump As Joint Australians Of The Year

    After a totally legit selection process modelled off the one for the ABC where Scott Morrison just ignores expert recommendations and picks his faves, paedophile apologists, white nationalists, and Liberal Party members are the big winners of Australia Day honours this year, although the distinctions remain unclear.

    Shortly after the announcement that Bettina Arndt had been “honoured for services to gender equity”, three ex-Liberal premiers had been recognised for services to privatisation, and the Australia Day Awards are now officially satirical, Morrison recognised his close personal association with moral standardbearers Brian Houston and Donald Trump by jointly awarding them the top gong of Australian of the Year.

    The award for President Trump follows Eurovision’s precedent of who the fuck cares where competitors are from, so long as they offer unconditional support for Israel.

    The fact that Amanda Vanstone, the Minister responsible for abolishing ATSIC, was honoured alongside the world’s most famous white nationalist, really is a touching tribute to a country which takes a day off each year to celebrate the genocide of its Indigenous peoples.

    George Pell will have to wait until next year’s awards for his plaudits


  13. This is information about the national medal Morrison mentioned:

    The Emergency Services Medal (ESM) recognises distinguished service by paid and volunteer members of emergency services across Australia, and people who are involved in emergency management, training or education.\

    This award acknowledges distinguished service by members of:

    State emergency service organisations
    volunteer emergency organisations.
    Only one medal can be awarded to an individual and recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters ESM.

  14. Went down the street to grab a few things for lunch. The whole place was buzzing with tourists, not just passing through as per normal. People were strolling up and down both sides of the street, just meandering around like brown’s cows.

    I put this unusual activity down to the local abc radio who have been here in East Gippsland asking people to visit the towns and support the local businesses to help them.

    I found it a bit weird, only used to people strolling around when the Blues Festival is on. We are not having that this year due many of the organisers being affected by the fires.

    • I’m in two mind about this media push to support small businesses in bushfire areas.

      Strolling around is all very well, but if they don’t spend large amounts of money they are of no use. Just buying a coffee or a drink won’t help anyone. They need to come prepared to spend up big.

  15. Merry Australia day to all.Just a “Im not the only one to have felt this way”but I was talking to a relative yesterday who has a work colleague who cried all night Shorten lost and is about to move to NZ.

  16. Celebrate or else –

    Satire, but for how long? This could be a prediction.

    Australians Who Don’t Have Fun On Australia Day To Be Fined, Morrison Says

    Australians who are caught not revelling in the delight of Australia’s national day will receive a $149 on-the-spot fine, the government has confirmed.

    Announcing the new measures, Mr Morrison said 26th January was a special day for our nation and people better bloody well enjoy it.

    “Australia Day is an absolute privilege and I would be very disappointed, furious in fact, if it wasn’t the highlight of the summer for each and every one of you,” Mr Morrison said.

    Mr Morrison said Border Force and other national agencies would be used to personally ensure both citizens and permanent residents were having an absolute blast. “I don’t care what your excuse is. If you’re not having a fair dinkum crack at having a bonza time, then you better bloody well start enjoying yourself quick smart,” Mr Morrison said.

    Those not showing outward signs of enjoying themselves will be given one verbal warning, before being issued with the fine


  17. Leone

    Our little town doesn’t have very much, a couple of take aways, bakery, petrol station, post office, music shop, a couple of what I call junk shops, an op shop and general store, so there’s not much to spend on here. As most of the businesses were closed down for over a week because of the very severe fire threat that thankfully didn’t hit the immediate town, a few houses close by did, and of course Sarsfield 10klms away, which lost about 18 homes, this little boost will help the workers and businesses that missed out over xmas and new year.

  18. He really has no idea what he’s saying, or how fake it sounds when you consider his record.

    “We are a free, diverse and accepting people,” Mr Morrison said.

    Australia Day a time for unity, amid challenging times: Scott Morrison

    He has spent his time in government creating division, first as Minister for Immigration with his hate campaign against asylum seekers, then as Treasurer with his deliberate demonisation of everyone on social security and now as PM with his hideous attempts to have us all at one another’s throats with his unwanted religious discrimination legislation.

    He’s a hater, he thrives on creating division and turning Australians against one another, just as his mentor Howard did.

    I find it sickening to have this appalling creature talking about unity, acceptance and freedom when he is all about intolerance, division and removal of whatever freedom we have left.

  19. I’m watching the tennis. Ever since Steffi, I have only watched two: Roger Federer and Ashley Barty. Both on tonight.

    Ashley Barty won, just. I felt a little sorry for Alison Riske. She was serving at 30-40 to stay in the match. She had a hard time lining up for the second serve. She double faulted. She played well. Has one of the strangest serves: looks like she is about just push it with the racquet ( I refuse to call it a “racket” – that noise).

    Now for the main course. Let’s see how Roger Federer lines up after that long battle with John Millman.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    In quite an interesting article Tony Walker discusses the possibility of Morrison regaining control of the political agenda. He not confident that Morrison will.
    Twiggy Forrest exhorts Australians to find unity through the smoke.
    Some scientists are saying that Australia is becoming trapped in a fire danger spiral. But there is not unanimity.
    International law academic Andrew Zheng describes how disease and discrimination are two sides of the same coin as he looks at the responses to the coronavirus situation.
    The SMH editorial calls for the virus outbreak to be kept in proper perspective.
    Australians trapped in Wuhan are begging for help to get out, as China warned that people could be spreading the deadly illness before they had noticeable symptoms.
    Conservatives love to talk up Australia ‘punching above its weight’, but they turn to self-hating cowards when it comes to climate change says Greg Jericho.
    Sam Maiden reports that the accused pork-barrelling minister Bridget McKenzie accepted a free Christmas ham from the pig industry, but took three months to declare her purchase of a $2 million investment property in beachside Melbourne.
    Kirsten Lawson tells us that Anthony Albanese has urged Australians to acknowledge the “brutality” of the country’s colonisation, using an Australia Day address to renew his call for constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.
    A woman has died after she choked on a lamington during an Australia Day lamington-eating competition in southeast Queensland, it has been reported. Words fail me!
    Cara Waters reports that retail giants Kmart and Target have been accused of poaching and reproducing similar designs of a string of Australian homewares businesses, including Bride & Wolfe, Olli Ella and Belle & Co. A bit naughty.
    The Tune review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme should have the government very concerned, not just about the NDIS, but about its collective capacity to deliver government services more broadly says Joe Zabar in The Canberra Times. Of course it is in Start Robert’s capable hands.
    Researcher Tim Palmer makes the case for the use of synthetic kerosene for aviation fuel.
    The former Australian of the year Rosie Batty has said she is “dismayed” by a decision to award an Australia Day honour to the controversial writer and media commentator Bettina Arndt.
    Two families on the same combined income would be eligible for the government’s Parental Leave Pay if the man was the higher earner but not if the woman was the higher earner writes Caitlin Fitzsimons. Maybe Bettina Arndt can take it up.
    Samantha Hutchinson explains how a former Xavier College headmaster had been named in relation to child sex abuse allegations before he died suddenly last December.
    Dominic Powell looks at the dire straits that regional retailers are in.
    Colin Kruger reports that Crown Resorts’ controversial investor, Lawrence Ho’s Melco Resorts and Entertainment, is expected to respond today to reports that its offices in Tokyo were raided recently as part of a political corruption probe relating to casino developments in the country.
    There has been an outbreak of factional fighting in the Victorian Labor party.
    The mainstream media’s pro-U.S. and Western bias distorts the truth, writes Dr Evan Jones.
    Some people may think that tax dodging is the domain of large US multinationals, particularly the tech giants, like Google, Apple, Facebook, Netflix and Amazon. A new report by the Sydney-based Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability & Research (CICTAR) provides a clear example of a German multinational, Fresenius, using the same tricks. The Tax Justice Network’s Jason Ward reports.
    Professor John Hawkins describes how Donald Trump is building barriers to peace and prosperity.
    Donald Trump is not on trial, because the Republican majority has already decided to acquit him. The Senate trial is instead an opportunity to lay out the extent of White House wrongdoing writes Nicole Hemmer.
    Trump escalated his attacks on Adam Schiff yesterday, issuing what appears to be a veiled threat against the California Democrat one day before Trump’s team is expected to deliver the crux of its defence in the third presidential impeachment trial in US history.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Jim Pavlidis

    Mark David

    Johannes Leak and the latest concern.

    From the US

  21. Coming soon to Australia under the Pentecostal Morrison regime?

    Here’s a good, mocking take on the story –
    White House Spiritual Advisor Wants God To Abort All The Satanic Pregnancies

    On Friday, Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to give a speech at the March For Forced Birth. On Saturday, footage surfaced of White House spiritual advisor Paula White demanding the immediate miscarriage of all Satanic babies.

    White, if you don’t know, is into the whole Prosperity Gospel thing. The gist of which is that if you are rich, that means God loves you and thinks you are great and wants you to have all of the golden toilet seats, and if you are poor, it’s because you are bad and God hates you and the only way you can get God to love you and give you money is if you give money to people like Paula White. It’s sort of like one of those Nigerian prince deals. It is not terrifically surprising that this was the brand of Christianity most appealing to Donald Trump, given that he is a rich person who likes to be complimented, but White is definitely one of the stranger White House spiritual advisers in a while. At least since Joan Quigley, Nancy Reagan’s psychic astrologer.

    In the clip, White is seen praying for God to miscarry all the Satanic pregnancies. Whether that applies to humans or just like, jackals that are pregnant with the Antichrist or just women who live next door to Ruth Gordon, we don’t actually know. But she wants those Satan babies aborted and she wants to do the D&C


    Like the CrimeMinister White is a Pentecostal. She is one of the worst, an absolute dingbat, loonier than most of her fellow evangelicals.

    White has been a Trump adviser throughout his presidency, but last November he gave her increased prominence by appointing her Special Adviser to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

    She is obsessed with witchcraft and sorcery and has been raving on about them since her appointment.




  22. Vultures is the only way to describe these people.

  23. Confirmation that the police state is here

    The Australian government is releasing highly sensitive medical records to police through a secret regime that experts say contains fundamentally flawed privacy protections.

    The Department of Human Services fields large volumes of requests for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data from state and federal policing agencies each year.

    The records can paint a detailed picture of a person’s medical history, including, for example, any history of mental health issues, HIV, abortion or sexually transmitted diseases.

    But, unlike the controversial My Health Record, no warrant or court order is needed for the department to release the information to police.

    The department instead uses a set of internal guidelines to decide how and when it will acquiesce to a police request. It has never made the guidelines public and has actively fought to keep them secret.


  24. It’s way past time Bolt was locked up in an institution for the terminally insane. Rupert and his minions can join him.

    • All that matters is the “young Aussies”. The almost 12 million Chinese stuck in Wuhan do not count, apparently.

      I’m so sick of the way the Australian media see everything from a narrow only Australians matter perspective. We get it every time there’s a disaster.

  25. Excellent article from Michael Pascoe on the involvement of the PMO in the sports rots affair.

    Michael Pascoe: PM’s spin suggests strategists coached in sports rorts election game

    It’s clear Bridget McKenzie, although involved in the process “up to her snout” was the patsy, intended to take the eventual blame for rorting that was way above her pay grade while the CrimeMinister and his cronies who were totally in charge the whole time wriggle off the hook.

    • I am gobsmacked by the patronising assumptions underlying this fake letter. Along the lines of, “They’re illiterate abbos (or other descriptors equally detestable), and won’t have a clue about this letter …”.

  26. Read this thread –

  27. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Paul Bongiorno previews Morrison’s Press Club address tomorrow and says we will see a repackaging exercise from a very damaged salesman. This is definitely in the “Ouch!” category.
    Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke tell us that as the number of deaths from the virus grows to at least 80, there are fears it could wipe $2.3 billion from an already soft Australian economy, which is still struggling with the drought and bushfires.
    And Stephen Bartholomeusz looks at the effect the coronavirus could have on what he describes as a vulnerable global economy.
    Richard Baker reveals that a former director of the company controversially awarded a $423 million contract to help run the Manus Island detention centre, Paladin, wants to front a Senate inquiry to give evidence of alleged corrupt conduct by senior Papua New Guinea politicians and what Australian officials knew about it. Popcorn time?
    Lisa Cox reports that we have a standoff as the federal government is withholding millions of dollars from the New South Wales government for failing to complete water resource plans for the Murray-Darling basin.
    Greg Jericho shows how the rate of people in employment is almost back to pre-GFC levels, but average hours worked remain well below the peak of 2008. He says this is what is keeping wages low.
    And Peter Martin sees no lift in wage growth, no lift in economic growth and no progress on unemployment in year of low expectations.
    It has been another dismal year for Australia’s economy despite the global boom continuing apace. Alan Austin reviews the year just ended.
    John Menadue explains Dutton’s and Pezzullo’s bushfire emergency failure.
    Rob Harris reports that the embattled Bridget McKenzie approved a $36000 grant to a shooting club just four days after she joined it!
    Tony Wright describes how the comparisons with the events that have led to the current travails of Bridget McKenzie are irresistible. The only significant change is the reversal in position of Labor and the Coalition.
    This is an excellent contribution on the subject of leadership. Morrison should read it!
    Margaret Court’s record as a player is unsurpassed and deserving of appropriate recognition. But her homophobic views will forever overshadow her success says the SMH editorial.
    Peter Hartcher explains what coronavirus teaches us about China. Some good, some bad.
    Jenna Price doesn’t hold back in decrying the conferring of an Australian honour to Bettina Arndt.
    Mike Foley reports that the Morrison government has been urged to up its climate goals to protect the country’s international reputation and for global humanitarian reasons.
    Matthew Knott writes that the Bolton revelations are an impeachment game-changer.
    Firms involved in the refurbishment of London’s Grenfell Tower have expressed “no trace of responsibility” for the deadly fire there in 2017 despite experts saying the work failed to comply with building regulations, an inquiry has heard.
    Prince Andrew has “provided zero co-operation” to the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking inquiry, according to a US prosecutor.
    And Gaby Hinsliff writes that Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell owe it to their accusers to appear in court.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe gives Trump a Bolt-on!

    Two from Mark David

    Glen Le Lievre

    Cathy Wilcox

    John Shakespeare

    Johannes Leak revives the culture wars.

    From the US

  28. Tous les jours à tous points de vue cela devient de pire en pire.

    The North Brisbane football club received $150,000 through the controversial federal sports grants program despite already having won $138,000 from the Queensland government and a $110,000 grant from the Brisbane city council for the same field surface upgrade.

    The Morrison government claims the federal money “complemented” the state grant, but the club was forced to go back to the council for permission to use the local government money to instead build women’s changerooms, after winning funding multiple times for the same project.

    The example highlights a feature of the program identified by the auditor-general in a scathing report: that the federal guidelines did not ban – and even encouraged – clubs to seek funding from multiple sources.

    It raises new questions about the lack of federal responsibility for sports funding and the potential for double-dipping in the community sport infrastructure grant program.


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