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‘Industrial scale rorting’: McCormack under fire over regional grants fund | The Land



Labor has accused the Morrison government of “rorting on an industrial scale” after it was revealed a panel of ministers rejected departmental advice in approving millions of dollars worth of regional projects on the eve of the last federal election.

But the office of Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who chaired the panel, has pushed back against the accusations, pointing out that all of the successful projects were assessed as eligible and worthy.

Mr McCormack’s spokesman also defended the intervention of ministers in the grants process, arguing governments were elected to make decisions and it was “entirely appropriate” for the panel and cabinet to have the final say.

Newly published documents showed that 112 of the 330…

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