Bill Shorten asks Coalition about robodebt duty of care – politics live
While it is interesting that there were 136 emails exchanged between Bridget McKenzie and Scott Morrison’s office, it’s important to keep it in perspective.
On the one hand – the Australian National Audit Office found the prime minister’s office made both direct and indirect representations about which projects should be funded.
On the other, the auditor general, Grant Hehir, said that not all representations changed the outcome of funding decisions and the ANAO did not find sufficient correlation between representations and an outcome to make it a focus of the audit.
On 13 February Hehir told a hearing:
“The evidence before us was that the minister was the decision-maker … If we had have identified someone else as the decision-maker, we would have gone down that path.”
Hehir concluded that the community sport infrastructure grant program was “not informed by appropriate assessment process and sound advice”.