April 2016 – February 2019
The Coalition government’s emissions reduction fund gives $1 million to one of the world’s biggest gold miners to help pay for a fossil-fuel power plant the company would have built anyway.
South African mining company Gold Fields is receiving funding for a gas-fired station to power the Granny Smith mine in outback Western Australia. According to its annual reports, it has received $126,000 and expects to get about $1m over seven years.
To qualify to bid into the emissions reduction fund, projects are meant to deliver emissions cuts that would not have happened without public money. But a Gold Fields spokesman said it would have built the gas plant regardless of support from the fund.
Kelly O’Shanassy, the chief executive of the Australian Conservation Foundation, said the situation was beyond parody.
PS. The Granny Smith Goldfields recently announced that they will convert their energy to solar – no talk of grants from the Government, though…
McCormack breaches lobbying code to award $2.6m airport grant
Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack struck a pre-election deal with an unregistered political lobbyist and former Howard Government adviser for a $2.6 million airport upgrade ahead of the launch of the Regional Airports Program.
Regional Growth Fund follows sport rorts playbook
Of the $248 million in Regional Growth Fund grants awarded just ahead of the 2019 election, Coalition seats snagged $234 million.
Regional infrastructure grants program targets Coalition seats
The program, administered by Deputy PM Michael McCormack, awarded 94% of its grants to electorates held or targeted by the Coalition in the months leading up to the 2019 federal election.
Community development grants a $2.5 billion slush fund
Officially, the scheme funds “critical” projects. Unofficially, it is one giant slush fund for the Coalition to pork-barrel its way through another two election campaigns at a cost of more than $2.5 billion.
Minister’s role a link in grant to ineligible business
The office of former regional development minister the LNP's John McVeigh asked the Infrastructure Department to reconsider an ineligible Queensland abattoir for a regional jobs grant.
Roads funding directed to Coalition, marginal seats
Labor claims that the vast majority of spending from the Urban Congestion Fund before the election went to Coalition, marginal seats.