Scott Morrison’s office knew about the “sugar daddy” allegations surrounding former assistant minister Andrew Broad two weeks before they were published in New Idea, and acted immediately to try and cover it up.

“Yes, I knew about it two weeks before the allegations were made public, but I acted swiftly to come up with a plan,” Morrison told reporters.

Fairfax revealed today the Prime Minister’s office was also aware that text messages between Broad and his Hong Kong-based Irish-date Amy Keating were currently subject to blackmail investigations by the Australian Federal Police.

Keating reportedly gave Broad one day to pay a sum of money for her silence in November, but National Party members don’t take too kindly to demands from women even if it was only a miserly $1,450.

“It wasn’t really good economic planning,” says Morrison.

“He should have just made another expense claim, he already charged the tax-payer for the trip to Singapore anyway.

“But that’s Broady’s strong family values at play – he believes the sanctity of marriage shouldn’t be compromised by blackmail.”

The ‘sugar baby’ scandal has, however, turned into a nice little distraction for George Christenson’s exploits in Thailand.

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