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Government refuses to release briefings for trouble-plagued $200m regional grants program

Government refuses to release briefings for trouble-plagued $200m regional grants



Scott Morrison’s department rejects freedom of information request, saying documents would reveal cabinet decisionsThe government is refusing to release documents relating to its trouble-plagued $200m regional grants program, claiming release would not inform debate on a “matter of public importance”.Refusing a freedom of information request for written briefings that informed the government’s allocation of grants in the lead-up to the May election, the department claimed a range of exemptions, despite agreeing that disclosure would allow “some oversight of public expenditure”. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/15/government-refuses-to-release-briefings-for-trouble-plagued-200m-regional-grants-program

Author : Sarah Martin Chief political correspondent

Publish date : 2020-01-14 22:54:18

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