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Australia 'This is taxpayer money': Shorten slams reef grant

09:00  08 august  2018
09:00  08 august  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Malcolm Turnbull has defended the grant , that didn't go to tender, saying it went through the normal executive procedures and was in the budget. used to redevelop war memorials across NSW and for community projects such as tennis courts and sports grounds. ' This is taxpayer money ': Shorten

· 7 August at 23:48 ·. Taxpayer money must always be treated with respect. The ongoing scandal over the Great Barrier Reef Foundation is a good example of why we need a National Integrity Commission. ' This is taxpayer money ': Shorten slams reef grant .

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Bill Shorten has attacked the government's decision to award a multi-million-dollar grant to a private sector charity to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: AAP© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Bill Shorten has attacked the government's decision to award a multi-million-dollar grant to a private sector charity to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: AAP Bill Shorten says a controversial multi-million-dollar federal government grant to a private sector charity to protect the Great Barrier Reef underlines the need for a national Integrity Commission.

The Labor leader described the funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as a "scandal" and the money should be handed back.

Labor will pursue the matter when parliament resumes next week, after the long winter break.

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The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the charity that received a 4 million grant from the federal government without tender, has spent 42.5 cents in every of funds The Labor leader described the funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as a "scandal" and the money should be handed back.

Mr. Frydenberg said he believed that the reef could overcome its many challenges with help. [How scientists are trying to save the Great Barrier Reef with assisted evolution.] © Provided by ABC News Documents obtained under freedom of information laws reveal details about the Abbot Point reef spill.

Malcolm Turnbull has defended the grant, that didn't go to tender, saying it went through the normal executive procedures and was in the budget.

The foundation itself has said it was surprised by the $444million grant.

"What sort of respect for taxpayer money is there, where the recipients of over $400 million were surprised to get (it)?" Mr Shorten asked.

"There were no public servants involved in the due diligence process.

"The prime minister just wakes up and wants to give away hundreds of millions of dollars to private charities?

Malcolm Turnbull wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended the decision.© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended the decision. "Taxpayer money is not the prime minister's personal fiefdom to distribute, based on how he's feeling on the day.

"This is taxpayer money. It deserves to be properly expended. It deserves to be properly accounted for.

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Opposition leader says taxpayers would be shocked that PM handed over cash ‘without a moment’s thought’. “So this is a wonderful investment in ensuring we maintain the health of the Great Barrier Reef ,” he said. There was no separate legislation for the foundation grant , it passed as part of the

"This is a very good example why we need a National Integrity Commission. The matter would have been referred to it very quickly, to get to the bottom of it."

Malcolm Turnbull has defended the grant, saying it was a "thorough process".

underwater view of the water: The Great Barrier Reef Foundation said the grant came as a© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The Great Barrier Reef Foundation said the grant came as a "It was a whole Cabinet process leading up to the budget," he said.

"We concluded that we wanted to offer (it to) the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which the Labor Party has given money to.

"That are an outstanding reef charity. They have had substantial money from the federal government before, including from a federal Labor Government.

water next to the ocean: The Federal Budget will see Queensland's Great Barrier Reef receive $500 million in funding for jobs and the improvement of water quality.© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The Federal Budget will see Queensland's Great Barrier Reef receive $500 million in funding for jobs and the improvement of water quality. "That's the judgement we took, as a government."

The Great Barrier Reef charity given $444 million by the Turnbull government has spent more than 40 cents in every $1 on administration .
The Turnbull government announced $444 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef in the May budget It went to a little-known private foundation with just six staff and a range of corporate backers that reads like a who's who of big business in Australia.The Australian reports that cumulatively, less than 60c in the dollar went towards “science investments” involving the reef, according to annual reports between 2007 and 2017.

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