SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FINANCE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE
MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS IN THE SENATE
LABOR SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT
HERE COMES THE NEXT ROUND OF MORRISON’S RORTS
Not even COVID quarantine in the United States stopped the Deputy Prime Minister from firing the starting gun yesterday on the next round of Morrison-Joyce Government rorts, this time with round six of the Building Better Regions Fund.
This round of funding tops up Scott Morrison’s re-election piggy bank to the tune of $250 million.
The Building Better Regions Fund is the centrepiece of Scott Morrison’s pork barrelling program, with 90 per cent of the previous five rounds worth $1.15 billion being funnelled into Coalition-held or target seats.
With the addition of a quarter of a billion dollars in Building Better Regions funding, just months out from the next election, the question that needs to be asked is how much of this taxpayer-funded program will be used like Liberal-National Party money to secure votes in the upcoming election campaign?
Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce says he ‘doesn’t care’ that this fund has been revealed to be an election war chest for the Liberal-National Government.
Yesterday’s announcement is confirmation that there’s another $250 million of hard-earned taxpayer dollars sitting ready for Scott Morrison to rort all the way to the next election.
Labor will be watching how the government ‘allocates’ this round of the Building Better Regions Fund very closely.
We will ensure that Scott Morrison doesn’t just do what he has done in the past and ignore investments in a range of worthy communities around the country just because they didn’t vote for him at the last election or don’t have a vote he wants to win at the next one.
TUESDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2021