Mar 21, 2012

Personal explanation: ANAO Audit (Administration of grant reporting obligations)

ANTHONY ALBANESE – In relation to the report that was referred to in the question by the Member for Kooyong, the grants concerned are the Roads to Recovery money that go to every local council in Australia.  They are set by the Commonwealth Grants Commission.  It is no different from the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs having to disclose that there are pensioners in her electorate.

The fact is these were not discretionary grants and the question raised by the Member for Kooyong makes assertions or imputations, as have also been raised by a number of the interjections, that there was something inappropriate.  If you look at the report, it makes it very clear it was just Roads to Recovery money.