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Scathing audit of $1.15bn regional fund finds grants favoured Coalition seats

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

The national audit office has published a scathing report on the Coalition’s handling of the $1.15bn Building Better Regions Fund, saying Nationals electorates were awarded far more money than they would have been under a merit-based process while Liberal seats got twice as many grants as Labor seats.

The Australian National Audit Office’s latest report, released Thursday afternoon, said that compared with Labor, Liberal seats “received twice as many grants per electorate” under the regional grants program – between $1.6 million and $3.1 million more.

Nearly two-thirds of projects funded were not those assessed by the department as the most meritorious, with the audit office saying there were a “number of deficiencies” in the program including not enough transparency over the members of…

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