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Why ministers should never be allowed near a tender or grant process

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated March 18 2022 - 9:33pm, first published 1:00am
Former sports minister Brudget McKenzie resigned on a technical conflict of interest. Picture: Keegan Carroll

One of the habits I have always urged on young political journalists is of jotting down, and remembering statements made by politicians on general principles of accountability, responsibility and personal and public morality. This is not for the edification of the public so much as for assistance whenever the politician in question is in trouble or is loyally trying to extricate some colleague who ought to resign. There is nothing like hanging a politician with rope fashioned from their own exact words.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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