Thursday 29th of October 2020

the art of the sports rorts...


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has swatted away renewed calls to release a secret report into the $100 million sports rorts scandal.

The report, by Mr Morrison’s department head and former chief of staff, Philip Gaetjens, found former sport minister Bridget McKenzie broke ministerial rules by not declaring conflicts of interest.

But – in stark contrast to scathing findings by the Auditor-General – Mr Gaetjens found no evidence of pork-barrelling in seats targeted by the Coalition in the May 2019 federal election.

The government has steadfastly resisted pressure to release the Gaetjens report – but Mr Gaetjens did write last week to the Senate inquiry investigating the grants program.

In his six-page submission to the inquiry, Mr Gaetjens said Senator Bridget McKenzie had told him she had never seen the now-infamous colour-coded spreadsheet that advisers used to assess grant applications.


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While Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie has been forced to resign over the “sports rorts” affair, the matter is far from settled. It’s likely to feature heavily in parliamentary debate in the coming days. 

One of the outstanding issues is the very different findings by the Audit Office report and by the review undertaken by the head of the prime minister’s department, Phil Gaetjens. Scott Morrison has said he will not release the Gaetjens report, so we can only go on the quotes Morrison read from it in his press conference announcing McKenzie’s resignation.


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tomato red...

Politically, when in a democratic government, helping one’s party ahead of other people is a foul... Democracy is to be shared without favours, under the decisions made by the majority of people. No favours. This does not happen of course. The trick is to appear to share, while favourably loading the dice to win the next round.


Mondrian used simple straight lines, right angles, primary colours, black, white, and grey for a formal purity to embodied a spiritual belief in a harmonious cosmos. 

They don’t represent the crooked lines and colours of politics. 

But this did not stop the community of artists supporting each other… The taxman cometh, knocks on Mondrian’s door, Rue du Départ, Montparnasse. 
"I’m here to collect due taxes from the painter,” says he…
Mondrian is panicking. 
Please protect me..” he whispered in the ear of his friend, the Russian (another Russian already mentioned on this site) sculptor, Anton (Antoine) Pevsner
“[But] Monsieur only paints five or six canvas a year! Look at what this poor man eats!” said Pevsner to the taxman, showing him the eternal caldron simmering on the gas stove, where most spiritual carrots were cooking slowly… It seems that Mondrian ate frugally, apparently for scientific reasons.
You won’t have to pay a cent, Monsieur Mondrian! I was misinformed…” said the taxman.
Once the tax collector gone, Mondrian thanked his friend:
“you saved my life! "… 
Mondrian could have been the most timid person in Paris. Thin face, inquisitive brow, sad mouth, hair thinning on the top... He saved money on not buying tomato jam — his preferred food fare — in order to acquire jazz records and phonographs that he painted red. Just red. He loved red. Tomato red.
He hated trees, though he’d painted some when learning art. His nickname was “Batave”… If you don’t know why, look "Batavia" up…
With his astonishing synchromies, synchronised symphonies, of squares and colours, Mondrian became one of the most celebrated modern painters. New York became blue, red, yellow, white but no black.

in 1917 Mondrian and three other painters— Doesburg, van der Leck, and Huszar — had founded the periodical of the new movement, De Stijl. De Stijl was about the total rejection of visually perceived reality as a subject matter and about restricting the pictorial expression to the most basic straight lines, primary colours, neutrals of black, white, and grey. The idea of this new style, for which Mondrian coined the name neoplasticism, was to eliminate subjective visual perception and the emotions of the artist. Mondrian could thus render his true vision of reality, which was not a fragment of reality but an overall abstract view of the harmony of the universe. 

Tell this to Scomo's neopoliticising philistines...

rorts are corrupt...

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has reiterated her threat to scupper the Morrison government’s union-busting bill if it doesn’t release a secret report into the sports rorts scandal.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Now release the damn report,” Senator Lambie told ABC Radio on Thursday.

The Tasmanian senator had already lambasted the government during a scathing speech in the Senate earlier this month, claiming the Prime Minister was taking Australians for “morons” over the affair.

Scott Morrison is under fresh scrutiny over his part in the scandal, after it emerged 136 emails about the scheme were sent between his office and that of the minister responsible.

The Auditor-General found the controversial $100 million program favoured Coalition-targeted seats ahead of the May 18 election.

The Australian National Audit Office told the Senate on Wednesday there were 136 emails sent between the Prime Minister’s office and key staff of former sport minister Bridget McKenzie.

Senator McKenzie also sent a list of grants she intended to approve to Mr Morrison on the day before last year’s federal election was called.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese labelled the program corrupt after probing the Prime Minister’s involvement during question time.

“This rort knows no bounds,” he told Parliament on Wednesday.


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Please prove to us that Scott Morrison isn't corrupt...

the hundred metre dash in 17 minutes over time limit...

Scott Morrison has attempted to step around evidence to the Senate inquiry probing the sports rorts controversy by asserting grants were approved by Bridget McKenzie on 4 April – days before before the parliament was dissolved for the 2019 election.

The Australian National Audit Office has told the Senate inquiry, in answers to questions on notice, that McKenzie, the former sports minister, wrote to the prime minister on 10 April attaching spreadsheets of projects she intended to fund, summarised by state, political party and electorate. She then provided the signed approval brief, which was dated 4 April, to Sport Australia on 11 April.

Sport Australia told the Senate inquiry on Thursday it received the final list of projects from the minister’s office 17 minutes after the government entered the caretaker period last April, and one day after it was sent to the prime minister’s office.


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Yep. I know an old timer who can run faster backwards than the sports rorts controversy...

rashing to judgement...



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