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Downer novelty cheque inquiry exposes politics of sport grants

An Auditor-General’s inquiry into the Federal Government’s $100 million, taxpayer-funded community sports grants program – prompted by a photograph of former SA Liberal candidate Georgina Downer with a giant novelty cheque – has revealed political use of the scheme and sparked new calls for a national integrity commission.

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Business

Feds to review 'backpacker tax'

The Federal Government will take another look at the so-called backpacker tax, set to kick in from July, amid concerns it could impact agriculture and tourism industries.

Business

SA risks becoming 'Ikea' state for defence

UPDATED: South Australia’s new defence hub is a smokescreen and SA risks becoming an “Ikea state” where vessel modules will be clicked together, says SA Independent Senator Nick Xenophon.