The fate of Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie will be decided this weekend, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison unwilling to allow the saga to drag into next week’s resumption of federal Parliament, Coalition sources said.
Late on Friday, the 10 network revealed a email which showed Mr Morrison’s office had some direct input into the allocation of a handful of the grants, despite blanket denials by the Prime Minister.
Former sports minister Bridget McKenzie is under fire for her handling of a sports grants scheme.  Alex Ellinghausen
It is understood Senator McKenzie herself is aware that, by Monday, she may no longer be in cabinet given her role in the sports rorts affair in the lead-up to the 2019 election.
Despite the widespread rorting of $100 million in grants to target key seats, Senator McKenzie may be dismissed only on a technicality that one grant of $36,000 was given to a gun club of which she was a member.
This would firewall anyone else, including the Prime Minister’s office, from any possible sanction should they be found to be involved.