Grattan Institute - New politics: Preventing pork-barrelling

by Tess Borges | Sep 06, 2022

Pork-barrelling – misusing public money for political gain – is common in Australia and it’s undermining our democracy.

Coalition and Labor federal and state governments have all used grants for infrastructure and services to ‘reward’ voters in government seats and ‘buy votes’ in marginal seats. This means worthy projects in other electorates miss out.

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