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Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has resigned over the sports rorts scandal.

– With AAP.

Bridget McKenzie has given Prime Minister Scott Morrison her resignation as agriculture minister over sports funding decisions she made in her previous portfolio as sports minister.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement at a press conference in Canberra after receiving a departmental report that said Senator McKenzie breached ministerial rules in the so-called sports rorts scandal.

Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack will step in as agriculture minister.

In January, Scott Morrison ordered his department secretary to look into the handling of the $100 million sports grant program, and particularly a $36,000 grant Senator McKenzie when she was sports minister awarded to a Victorian shooting club of which she is a member.

Senator McKenzie said in a statement that she also intends to resign from her position as deputy National Party leader, while adding that she accepts the finding of the report made by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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“I have always taken my role as a Minister of the Crown very seriously and I understand that the community expects parliamentarians to abide by the highest standards,” she said.

“I maintain that at no time did my membership of shooting sports clubs influence my decision making, nor did I receive any personal gain.

“However, acknowledge that my failure to declare my memberships in a timely manner constituted a breach of the Prime Minister’s Ministerial Standards.”

The scandal came to light after a damning report by the Audit Office over how the sports grants were doled out in the run-up to the federal election.

Feature image: Getty.

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