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McKenzie adviser made case for more ‘sports rorts’ money to aid marginal seats

Former sports minister Bridget McKenzie had a key meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison about the “sports rorts” scheme after her senior adviser created talking points showing how a more expensive program could fund more projects in marginal seats.

After the meeting on November 28, 2018 the government increased the funding pool for the program, which the audit office found was “biased” toward seats at play in last year’s election, from $30 million to $100 million.

It's unknown whether the talking points were ultimately given to Senator Bridget McKenzie or used at the meeting with the PM.

It’s unknown whether the talking points were ultimately given to Senator Bridget McKenzie or used at the meeting with the PM.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

An Australian National Audit Office official told a Senate committee on Wednesday the senior adviser, whose name has not been made public, prepared the document in advance of Senator McKenzie’s meeting with the Prime Minister.

“All the discussion in the document is all around how many applications in a marginal seat can be funded with a $30 million program, how many in a targeted seat can be funded in a $30 million program, how many applications overall can be funded with a $30 million program,” audit office official Brian Boyd said.

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