I think the real issue here is that the minister allowed his department to be caught up in the dirty dealings of McLachlan and his kind at the AFL. We have seen how they operate with their back-scratching network and we now see just how they have successfully used their contacts to tie up aspects of government.
Their power is supreme. They call in favours for favours.
Earlier in our saga when I spoke with a patient journo, he said he had a politician lined up to spill the beans on backroom discussions but who then decided to remain silent because he might lose access to his finals tickets. Back-scratching indeed.