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Sports rorts: almost half the projects funded were ineligible, audit office says

Some 43% of projects funded under the controversial $100m sports grant program overseen by Bridget McKenzie – 290 in total – were ineligible when agreements were signed, according to officials from the Australian National Audit Office.

The evidence from the ANAO to the Senate inquiry on Thursday contradicts with the defence of the program employed by Scott Morrison and the former sports minister, who had claimed that “no ineligible projects” were funded under the scheme.

ANAO officials also revealed the prime minister’s office made “direct” representations about which projects to fund, and the Liberal National Party of Queensland submitted a wish-list of projects in a key marginal seat.

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