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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Local. ' This is taxpayer money ': Shorten slams reef grant . The Labor leader described the funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as a "scandal" and the money should be handed back.

' This is taxpayer money ': Shorten slams reef grant . The Labor leader described the funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as a "scandal" and the money should be handed back.

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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' This is taxpayer money ': Shorten slams reef grant . The Labor leader described the funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as a "scandal" and the money should be handed back.

' This is taxpayer money ': Shorten slams reef grant . The Labor leader described the funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as a "scandal" and the money should be handed back.

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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' This is taxpayer money ': Shorten slams reef grant . The Labor leader described the funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as a "scandal" and the money should be handed back.

' This is taxpayer money ': Shorten slams reef grant . The Labor leader described the funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as a "scandal" and the money should be handed back.

"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."

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