Senate inquiry report into the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s $444m grant exposes mismanagement issues

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This afternoon federal Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson tabled a report from the Environment & Communications References Committee inquiry into the Great Barrier Reef Foundation controversially receiving a $444 million dollar grant from the Coalition Government last year.

The report says it was highly irresponsible to award the grant to the foundation, as relevant ministers didn’t properly consider the risks, or consult with key stakeholders and had not undertaken due diligence.

The Senate committee has made 7 recommendations with Senator Whish-Wilson signaling it as “a good opportunity to press reset and build the best blueprint for future reef management”.

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