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More slush fund rorts for regions
Nov 11th, 2019 at 8:36am
 
Audit office blasts roll-out of Coalition’s $200m regional jobs and investment program
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Ministers declined to fund 28% of grants recommended by officials, and approved 17% that had not been recommended to them

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has blasted the administration of a $200m program rolled out by the Coalition after the 2016 election to boost regional jobs and growth, with a new assessment uncovering substantial administrative shortcomings.

The audit office ran the ruler over the government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages after complaints from Labor that grants were being heavily weighted to electorates held by the Coalition, creating the possibility that the program was inconsistent with the commonwealth grant guidelines.


Tasmanian cafe and Victorian bike path breach Coalition's regional grant scheme
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Labor to target government over $200m program after auditor general’s scathing report

A new cafe development in a key Tasmanian marginal seat and a $1m mountain bike path in Victoria were exempted from co-funding requirements under the Coalition’s $200m regional grants scheme in breach of the program’s guidelines.

One of the projects, in the marginal [Liberal] seat of Bass in Tasmania, received $365,000 for the total cost of a new cafe development on Flinders Island despite the department advising the ministerial panel the applicant had supplied “limited evidence” to support their case.

In another instance, a mountain bike club in Gippsland [a Nationals seat] was awarded almost $1m for a new bike track and was exempted from providing matching co-funding even though its application was not properly assessed.


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Reply #1 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 9:54am
 
Gosh if they keep going they might eventually catch up with Labor's shocking rorts.
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Reply #2 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 11:47am
 
juliar wrote on Nov 11th, 2019 at 9:54am:
Gosh if they keep going they might eventually catch up with Labor's shocking rorts.

Nope ... Rorts for Regions and Marginal Seats is a staple of Coalition governments.

Here's ANOTHER blatant Coalition rort:

A 'dodgy' government sport grant scheme
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Key marginal electorates including Eden-Monaro, Dawson and Boothby received twice as much funding as the average seat under the Government's pre-election sport grant program.

The Community Sport Infrastructure scheme, which came to prominence after a novelty cheque was presented by Liberal candidate Georgina Downer — rather than the local independent MP — is currently being investigated by the National Audit Office.

The Government has declined to release an electorate breakdown of grants, but ABC analysis of hundreds of announcements available online and on social media — representing more than $90 million of the total $100 million pot — shows a bias of funding towards marginal seats.

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Reply #3 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 12:08pm
 
No matter how badly you think this government is doing, remember that on May 18, the Australian people decided that Labor would be worse...

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Reply #4 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 1:09pm
 
The Heartless Felon wrote on Nov 11th, 2019 at 12:08pm:
No matter how badly you think this government is doing, remember that on May 18, the Australian people decided that Labor would be worse...

Remember, voters can get voters' remorse. When the voters realise just how wasteful and corrupt this government is, the Coalition parties will be going to the electoral gallows at the next election.
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Reply #5 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 2:52pm
 
Bam wrote on Nov 11th, 2019 at 1:09pm:
The Heartless Felon wrote on Nov 11th, 2019 at 12:08pm:
No matter how badly you think this government is doing, remember that on May 18, the Australian people decided that Labor would be worse...

Remember, voters can get voters' remorse. When the voters realise just how wasteful and corrupt this government is, the Coalition parties will be going to the electoral gallows at the next election.


Well, Richo voted liberal...and he's never felt remorse in his life.
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Reply #6 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 4:13pm
 
It was truly an ACT of GOD that saved Australia from a FATE WORSE THAN DEATH when GOD acted to tell the voters to shove Labor into the garbage bin. And it was all an answer to ScoMo's prayers.

Labor's six sick years of waste and disgrace and shame won't be forgotten for decades. Especially their RESTART the BOATS!!!!

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Reply #7 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 4:34pm
 
Under the Coalition, we got RESTART THE RORTS. I can understand why their liar troll is getting a bit confused.
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Reply #8 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 5:14pm
 
And another regional slush fund, this one is a clusterfk with drought funding:

Moira Shire misses out again on federal drought funding after being told it was successful
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* Nationals MP Damian Drum has said he 'jumped the gun' in October and should not have announced that Moira Shire would be receiving federal drought funding
* It is the second time residents of the Moira Shire have been learned they missed out on the $1-million Drought Communities Program
* Drought Minister David Littleproud has announced a review of the program, stating no further councils will be announced for the grant until after January

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Reply #9 - Nov 12th, 2019 at 3:28pm
 
More porkbarrelling with drought funding. Why do drought-declared regions in Labor and independent seats miss out?

Pork-barrelling drought funding: A new low for the Morrison Government
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The Morrison Government is promising funds for drought relief, but a closer look reveals a severe case of economic mismanagement, writes Belinda Jones.

AUSTRALIANS HAVE ALWAYS had a very proud history of rising to the challenge during adversity, of digging deep and helping our mates – particularly our farmers – when times get tough.

In our wide, beautiful, sunburnt country of sweeping plains and flooding rains, the conditions are often very tough. Tough conditions bring out the very best in people and, on occasion, they also bring out the very worst in people. This is such a case. The Morrison Government appears to be playing politics at the worst possible time, at the expense of drought-ravaged communities, by pork-barrelling drought funding.


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Reply #10 - Yesterday at 4:14pm
 
Another one ... using the excuse of "drought funding" to provide more pork for private schools while government schools get nothing.

Government schools excluded from Coalition's $10m drought education funding
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Government schools will not be eligible for $10m in new education funding announced in Thursday’s drought package, prompting the teachers’ union to argue the measure is elitist and unfair.

The Australian Education Union’s president, Correna Haythorpe, said it was “another slush fund for private schools” on top of the $1.2bn Choice and Affordability fund for Catholic and independent schools, which also included money for drought-affected areas.

On Thursday the education minister, Dan Tehan, announced the Coalition would provide “$10m for schools that are impacted by drought so that they can provide relief to families” – modelled on its response to the Queensland floods – and an extra $5m for childcare centres.

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Reply #11 - Yesterday at 5:54pm
 
Someone is not very good at arguing.
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