CANBERRA: He is barely past the age of a high-school senior but a young staffer in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has been revealed as the central figure in both the notorious sports rorts affair and the only recently exposed $660 million commuter car park fund scandal.
In evidence to a parliamentary committee yesterday, the Australian National Audit Office outlined how the federal government awarded computer car park funding under the Urban Congestion Fund scheme by preparing a list of 20 top marginal seats, and inviting only sitting MPs to nominate projects for funding.
The Senate hearing was sparked by an earlier damning audit report that found that not one of the 47 commuter car park sites promised by the Coalition at the 2019 election was selected by the infrastructure department, with projects selected by the government in a process that “was not demonstrably merit-based”.
And the key figure in both rorts that the Labor Party is now calling “professional pork-barreling” is this young, still boyish looking, intern whose identity has, until now, been unknown.
But The Bug‘s crack investigative team of reporters on our Tower 2 mezzanine level hub 4B has found out who this young man is, and is now prepared to identify him in the public interest.
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