Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will await the outcome of an investigation into a sports rorts scandal involving Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie before taking any action.
Mr Morrison referred a $100 million grants program to top public servant Philip Gaetjens to see if the former sports minister breached ministerial standards.
A damning auditor-general's report found most of cash was spent in marginal seats before last year's federal election.
“I’m not going to prejudice the outcome of that report, I think that would be unfair to that process and to the secretary. I’ll let him do his job and then I will look at that advice and take whatever action is necessary,” Mr Morrison told reporters today.
“I took the auditor-general report very seriously. We are acting on recommendations of that report… it was important they were referred. I will await that advice.”
Despite immense pressure to quit her senior cabinet role, Senator McKenzie is digging in.
"The minister is not resigning. She is actively engaging in the process and is confident there has not been a breach in ministerial standards," a spokeswoman told AAP.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese is trying to tighten the screws on Senator McKenzie and link the scandal to Mr Morrison's office.
"This abuse is rank. It stinks more than a bucket of prawn heads that you left out on a hot day like today. The stench goes all the way up to the government," he said.
"Bridget McKenzie needs to resign and there needs to be full transparency about which applications were successful, which applications weren't, where they ranked, what the process was behind this scandal."
The auditor-general found Senator McKenzie ignored Sport Australia's advice on which organisations should get grants, with 73 per cent of the projects not recommended by the agency.
Senator McKenzie came under increasing pressure yesterday after it was revealed she gave 36,000 to a Victorian shooting club of which she is a member.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/pm-awaiting-outcome-of-mckenzie-investigation/825bc67b-5868-4a9f-ad70-4acdf2a62c68