No accountability for taxpayer grants to primary industries
No accountability for taxpayer grants to primary
Taxpayers are unable to hold the Government
to account for its multi million dollar Primary Growth
Partnership slush fund before next month’s election,
Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor
“The Office of the Auditor General agreed to
look into this programme last June. Although more than a
year has passed, the Office has informed Labour its report
will not be released until after the election.
“The Primary Growth Partnership programme continues to
be an unaccountable slush fund for the National Party’s
“It was set up with much fanfare
and promises; and $350 million of taxpayer money.
“But despite the public relations and government spin,
there has been no evidence this money is being well
“The Government has failed to provide
accountability on its Primary Growth Partnership
“Questions must be now be asked as to
whether the Government has interfered to ensure this report
is not made public before the election – and what they are
trying to hide,” Damien O’Connor says.
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