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Bridget McKenzie defends regional grants that disproportionately benefited Coalition seats

Nationals Senate leader says all projects funded in scheme were ‘valid’ as doubt cast on constitutional authority of the grants

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Nationals Senate leader Bridget McKenzie has dismissed concerns Coalition seats disproportionately benefited from $300m of regional grants, saying all of the projects funded in the scheme were “valid” and “that’s how it goes”.

McKenzie and former deputy prime minister Michael McCormack have both backed the fifth round of Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) grants, amid concerns by Labor it has been used to “pork-barrel” Coalition and marginal seats.

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