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Bridget McKenzie: Australian politician
Bridget McKenzie is an Australian politician. She was elected to federal parliament in 2010 and took her seat as a Senator for Victoria on 1 July 2011. She won re-election at the 2016 election. In December 2017, she was elected deputy leader of the National Party in place of Fiona Nash, who had been ruled ineligible for election to the Senate by the High Court. As a consequence of the terms of the Coalition agreement with the Liberal Party, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull immediately appointed McKenzie to cabinet as Minister for Sport, Minister for Rural Health, and Minister for Regional Communications. When Scott Morrison replaced Turnbull as Prime Minister, he reshuffled the ministry and abolished the latter two positions. McKenzie retained the sports portfolio and also became Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government until the 2019 Federal election, after which she became the first woman to be appointed as Minister for Agriculture.

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Bridget McKenzie says she did not make late changes to sport grant list

Former minister Bridget McKenzie says she did not change a list of grants attached to her signed approval that is at the centre of the sports rorts scandal.
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Country tennis club takes legal action after 'sports rort' scandal

The Beechworth Lawn Tennis Club is threatening legal action after former Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie interfered in funding process for a community sports grants.
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Auditor to front inquiry into sports rorts

A Senate committee is calling for submissions for an inquiry into the so-called sports rorts scandal, which cost the scalp of cabinet minister Bridget McKenzie.
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Michael McCormack dismisses Barnaby Joyce's threat to Nationals leadership

The resignation of Bridget McKenzie has triggered speculation of a potential challenge to Michael McCormack's hold on the Nationals leadership.
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'There is no vacancy': Michael McCormack rejects rumours of Nationals leadership spill

The resignation of Bridget McKenzie over the contentious sports grants affair has triggered speculation of a potential leadership challenge to Nationals Leader Michael McCormack.
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'Sports rorts': Labor to pursue controversy in Senate inquiry

Bridget McKenzie might have resigned from cabinet over the sports rorts saga but Labor still wants to pursue the scandal in a Senate inquiry.
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McKenzie sports rorts saga not over

Bridget McKenzie might have resigned from cabinet over the sports rorts saga but Labor still wants to pursue the scandal in a Senate inquiry.
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Bridget McKenzie resigns from frontbench over sports rort scandal

Bridget McKenzie has resigned as agriculture minister over the sports rorts scandal, the prime minister announced at a press conference in Canberra.
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The 'sports rorts' investigation has reportedly been completed

The investigation into whether Bridget McKenzie has breached ministerial standards in the so-called sports rorts scandal has reportedly been completed.
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'More smoking guns than a Clint Eastwood movie': Labor mounts pressure on Bridget McKenzie

Labor is continuing the push for Bridget McKenzie to be sacked from the government ministry heading into next week's parliamentary sitting.
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Sport Australia exec's tennis link serves up twist in grants saga

As Senator Bridget McKenzie resists calls to go, the Sport Australia executive who oversaw the Community Sport Infrastructure grants program has already left.
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Bridget McKenzie under renewed pressure to quit as Labor pushes for Senate inquiry

Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie is under renewed pressure to quit cabinet over a deepening sporting grants scandal.
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Bridget McKenzie reportedly warned that sports grant program was compromised

Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie is under renewed pressure to quit cabinet over a sporting grants scandal.
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Independent report into Bridget McKenzie’s sport grants conduct due by Sunday

An independent check on whether Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie breached ministerial guidelines could be completed this weekend.
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PM Morrison awaits McKenzie probe report

An independent check on whether Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie breached ministerial guidelines could be completed this weekend.
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Labor slams 'sham' Bridget McKenzie probe as embattled minister refuses to quit

Cabinet minister Bridget McKenzie says she won't resign as Australia's top public servant investigates if she broke ministerial rules.
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Sports grants scandal: Bridget McKenzie stands firm amid mounting pressure to quit

Nationals Deputy Leader Bridget McKenzie has knocked back speculation she's preparing to quit over the coalition government's sports rorts scandal.
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Sports grants scandal: Prime Minister orders investigation into Bridget McKenzie conduct

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has referred the sports grants scandal engulfing Bridget McKenzie to the head of his department.
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Bridget McKenzie reportedly approved $36,000 grant to shooting club without disclosing she was a member

Former sports minister Bridget McKenzie reportedly approved a $36,000 grant for her clay target shooting club in regional Victoria.
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‘This is just a rort’: Anthony Albanese says PM must sack Bridget McKenzie

Former sports minister Bridget McKenzie is resisting mounting pressure to resign after handing a $36,000 grant to a shooting club in regional Victoria without disclosing her membership.
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Constitutional question over sports grants

Scott Morrison has defended deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie for her role in allocating $100 million in community sports grants in marginal seats.
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Scott Morrison defends deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie amid sports grants pressure

Last year Prime Minister Scott Morrison was seen promoting the Community Sport Infrastructure program, and now his former sport minister is facing criticism over her role in overseeing $100-million..
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Scott Morrison is standing by Bridget McKenzie despite mounting pressure over sports grants

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is backing the deputy Nationals leader despite questions surrounding her role in overseeing $100 million in community sports grants.
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Your government does not want corruption investigated

Bridget McKenzie’s use of grants for local clubs to pork-barrel marginal seats is a clear case of why we need a federal anti-corruption body with teeth, not the weakest watchdog in the country, as..
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Law firm investigating Bridget McKenzie sports grant scandal

Law firm Slater and Gordon is investigating a class action over the $100 milllion community sports scandal dogging the federal government.
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'Lack of moral compass': Steggall, Lambie slam handling of 'biased' $100 million sports grants

The Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie is resisting calls to resign over her handling of a $100 million community sports grant program.
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Bridget McKenzie defends 'biased' $100 million sports grants

Former sports minister Bridget McKenzie has defended a $100 million community sports program after the auditor-general found grants favoured marginal and targeted seats.
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Vietnamese woman has visa cancelled for trying to bring pork into Australia

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has revealed a Vietnamese woman had her visa cancelled for trying to bring pork to Australia.
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Biosecurity officials on alert for African swine fever

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie says Australia's biosecurity officials are on alert as the deadly pig virus, African swine fever, spreads across Asia.
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Agriculture Minister assures drought aid does not breach trade deals

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie insists any drought assistance the government is providing for farmers doesn't contravene its free-trade deals.
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Drought aid not a trade deal breach

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie insists any drought assistance the government is providing for farmers doesn't contravene its free-trade deals.
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Bridget McKenzie tops the list for politicians' travel claims

The Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie spent three out of five nights last year staying at hotels and claiming travel allowances.
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