DAWSON MP George Christensen is standing by Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie in the wake of what has been dubbed the "sports rorts" saga.

Mr Christensen hit back at Labor Senator Murray Watt's comments that volunteers from sporting clubs across Australia were "ignored by rorting ministers looking to win an election".

A damning report has accused the Morrison Government of using a $100 million community sport infrastructure program to pork-barrell in marginal and targeted seats before the last election.

The National Audit Office found more than 60 per cent of grants awarded under the community sport infrastructure program failed to meet minimum requirements of published guidelines.

Mr Christensen said he stood by the sporting groups in the Dawson electorate that had received the funding.

Auditor-General Grant Hehir found then Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie's office ran a "parallel" assessment process that was "inconsistent" with the published guidelines and "drew upon" other considerations such as the location of the projects.

Mr Christensen reiterated Senator McKenzie's stance that all projects selected for funding were eligible to receive it.

"I make no apologies for the fact that I lobbied (Ms McKenzie) long and hard for funding for local clubs that were very worthy of this funding," he said.

"I'm standing by the decisions that were made because there were so many of my local groups that were worthy that got the funding."

Mr Christensen noted Dawson had one of the largest totals for overall grant funding awarded due to the inclusion of a major sports complex on the edge of the electorate.

He said the government would adopt the recommendations of the Auditor-General's report and the successful sporting groups awarded the funds would keep their money.

"In the future, the process will be different," Mr Christensen said.

 

Sporting groups that received funding in the Dawson electorate over the past 12 to 18 months are:

Round One

Mackay Hockey - $500,000

NQ (Townsville) Football - $362,000

Round Two

Burdekin Council - $48,000

Pioneer Tennis - $50,000

Home Hill Tennis - $33,932

Slade Point Rugby - $22,000

Round Three

Townsville Basketball - $497,000

Dolphins FC Club - $196,000

Brothers Football (Mackay) - $490,000


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