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Is PM Morrison a Turnbull clone?

Is PM Morrison a Turnbull clone?

Following public aghast at the $443.3 million unsolicited gift Turnbull gave the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, PM  Morrison is now supporting it. He says it makes, “financial sense.” That may be so if one believes that the GBR is in serious trouble and only money will stop natural events millions of years in the making and will be so forever. And, more of Turnbull’s addictive Kool-Aid surfaces in the Paris Agreement whereby Australia has “promised” to fill the UN coffers with billions. That was the scam Turnbull tried to legislate into law. Being the only country on earth to do so would thrill the UN and be favourable for Turnbull’s UN aspirations. Morrison’s report card is not looking good. Maybe talking so much crap creates the Coalition’s now trademark Tin-Ear syndrome.

Scott Morrison has taken responsibility for the Coalition’s controversial $443.3 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation while launching a staunch ­defence of the one-off payment, declaring it made “financial sense”.

Source: News Corp

Scott Morrison: the buck stops with me on $443m reef grant

Attempting to set the record straight following months of pressure from Labor and the Greens over the payment, which did not go through a tender process, the Prime Minister told The Australian that government organisations could also use the money if they had suitable projects.

The federal government awarded the grant to the charity after then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and former environment minister Josh Frydenberg held a private meeting with its chairman, John Schubert, in early April.

The Australian revealed Mr Turnbull met Dr Schubert to tell him of the grant just 11 days after cabinet’s expenditure review committee decided to “seek a commercial partner” for a reef plan. The foundation had just six full-time staff members.

“As treasurer, I was looking for the most effective way to make this significant and urgent commitment to the future of the reef, while at the same time protecting our return to a balanced budget at the earliest opportunity,” Mr Morrison said yesterday. “Given this was a one-off investment into ongoing research, restoration and protection, and the financial situation was improving in 2017-18 as we were pulling the budget ­together, it made financial sense to consider doing this investment in one instalment, if it were also able to achieve the environmental objectives for the reef.

“On this basis, the department and the minister (Mr Frydenberg) brought forward a proposal that achieved this objective, while ­additionally providing an opportunity to leverage the government’s investment from the private sector and ensure independence in how the funds were dedicated to important reef projects, free of political interference, that was set out by the government in the funding agreement.”

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who chairs a Senate inquiry looking into the grant, told The Australian the committee had sent about a dozen questions to Mr Turnbull — who is holidaying in New York — and reserved its right to compel him to appear as a private citizen. Among the questions is whose idea the grant was.

Mr Morrison said what mattered was that “important projects” get funded to ensure the future of the reef, and the decision from the 2018-19 budget “enabled this to happen”.

Pointing out the GBRF was the “biggest and longest running” charity operating to protect the reef, Mr Morrison said: “We don’t think public servants and government agencies have all the ­answers, and on occasions it makes sense to consider other ways of doing things.

“There is no impediment for government organisations like the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, or the CSIRO, being funded for projects as part of this process, should their projects match the priorities set out in the funding agreement with the commonwealth and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.”

Labor has pledged to make the payment an election issue, revealing last month it would ask the foundation to return any unspent money if Labor formed government. The grant was transferred in one lump sum on June 28 and is being held across six term deposits.

Opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen hit out at Mr Morrison on the weekend, declaring he was “personally responsible for the most reckless piece of ­financial maladministration in living memory”.

“It’s clear Scott Morrison is ­responsible for trying to privatise the management of the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Bowen said in a joint statement with frontbenchers Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers. “A Shorten Labor government will terminate the grant agreement between the Environment Department and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and demand the foundation return unspent funds. All recovered funds will be invested in the Great Barrier Reef via government agencies.”

The Finance Department had recommended just $200m be set aside to protect the Great Barrier Reef over six years, also revealed by The Australian, but the ERC took a different option. The Senate committee, which is dominated by Labor and the Greens, is due to report on the grant by October 16.

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Muphin 01/10/2018, 5:13 am

    Yes!! I have said Morrison is a clone of Turnbull many times.

    Turnbull portrays a psychopathic and narcissistic personality disorder. Morrison does not openly portray these traits (yet), that is the only difference between them.

    On the policy front, these is not one IOTA of he only difference between Morrison and Turnbull. Morrison is intentionally taking Australia down the path of ruination to extract revenge for his other God, Malcolm Turnbull.

  • Pensioner Pete 01/10/2018, 6:01 am

    Your question, Quote: “Is PM Morrison a Turnbull clone?” Answer = yes, absolutely.

  • DT 01/10/2018, 6:20 am

    Makes sense?

    Then why was the advice from government advisors ignored, that there should not be a single payment in the full amount?

    And this is only one question arising.

  • DT 01/10/2018, 6:24 am

    If man-made global warming caused by carbon dioxide is changing the climate as the hoaxers claim, and because of this the GBR is suffering, despite the UN confirming last year how healthy the GBR is, why is the money aimed only at the GBR off the Queensland coast?

    No impact on the WA Coral Coast reefs?

    Or is the GBR an internationally known tourist attraction and therefore a perfect site for propaganda purposes by the UN IPCC climate change deceivers?

  • DT 01/10/2018, 6:25 am

    I was going to post “puppet on a string” for ScoMo.

    Obviously I would be wrong, wireless puppet.

  • seadogger 01/10/2018, 6:36 am

    MalMo strikes again… the TURDs clone is in more strife than Speed Gordon. Another PM early next year …then the world can really laugh at the clowns in Canberra

  • Susie 01/10/2018, 6:57 am

    I think he is in with Turnbull. The $444 million is the last straw for me. I will not be voting for him or his Government. I had reasonable hopes he might be okay too

  • Xword 01/10/2018, 6:59 am

    First Mate “I Stopped The Boats” Scomo who courageously stood firm with Captain Abbott on the bridge while they mutinied on the deck … that is until he grabbed the last life buoy after thrashing it over in his mind that his talents were too great to go down with the ship.
    Nowhere near the brains to be a Turnbull clone, but without a doubt a Turnbull puppet.

    • Henry 01/10/2018, 7:33 am

      Well said, X, he hasn’t the brains to be a clone, that makes him more dangerous, because he doesn’t know he is a puppet.
      Turnbull shoved this money at the barrier reef scam, because if he hadn’t he would have had to send it to the U.N. to do with as they pleased.

  • Wozza 01/10/2018, 7:37 am

    Is it makes financial sense to give them $400 million, then it makes twice as much sense to give them $800 million, eh, ScoMo?

  • Maryanne 01/10/2018, 8:04 am

    If a town wants government financial assistance to build a new amenities block in the park it has to make an application. Since when do “charities” just get taxpayer largesse thrown at them without even asking??

    SOMETHING STINKS.

    • Peter W 01/10/2018, 4:38 pm

      Perhaps one of us could email the PM and ask for a few millions for xyz reason and see what response we get?

  • Aktosplatz 01/10/2018, 8:47 am

    “On this basis, the department and the minister (Mr Frydenberg) brought forward a proposal that achieved this objective, while ­additionally providing an opportunity to leverage the government’s investment from the private sector …”

    Nice to see Frydenberg wants to “lever” money from the Private Sector for this GBR Scam.

    How exactly does he LEVER money from the Private Sector, which is struggling? Oh, we put the price of power up!

    Voters, just get rid of them – PLEASE!!

  • TommyGun 01/10/2018, 8:55 am

    Sticking with the Paris Agreement…….tick.

    Sticking with the $400 million GBR “gift”…….tick.

    Sticking with Australia licking the UN’s boots……..tick.

    A Turnbull clone in the PM’s chair………………………..tick.

    The Lib/Nats headed for electoral oblivion at the next election….tick.

  • Dave 01/10/2018, 9:08 am

    Why do you think Turnbull followers backed Morrison into the PM position.
    If the truth gets out about the real reason ( money and jobs for themselves and mates after politics), the people would and should want blood.
    Turnbull puppets the lot of them.

  • Albert 01/10/2018, 9:17 am

    Unfathomable GBR funding, the submarine fiasco, billions to the UN, billions in foreign aid, out of control migrant welfare funding via Centrelink, the out of control pariamentary pig trough, on and on ad infinitum.
    Not only are we faced with a $400 million gift to and organisation comprising six members but we now have a clueless PM who is attempting to hoodwink us with gibbering nonsense about it making “financial sense”. It makes no sense at all, financial or otherwise.

    • Aktosplatz 01/10/2018, 10:55 am

      It’s worse than that; Morrison appoints Angus Taylor as Envoy for reducing “Electricity prices.”

      Yeah right

      He must think we are as stupid as he is.

      • angry 01/10/2018, 12:35 pm

        Unless the RET is abolished and more coal fired power stations are built electricity prices will only continue to rise even further !!!

        IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!!

  • Jarrah 01/10/2018, 9:52 am

    Scott Morrison is a motor mouth who speaks crap. He is not the Liberals hope, nor Australia’s hope. He is a shallow man who follows the Turnbull mantra. He is in place to finish what Turnbull started, to destroy the Liberal party and hand the baton to Labor. Treachery is the name of the game.

    • angry 01/10/2018, 12:35 pm

      MORRISON IS FULL OF SHIT….

  • Clarion Call 01/10/2018, 10:19 am

    It’s like we choose the Mafia to run our business and hope they’ll do the right thing by us. We are the ‘useful tools’ in this political charade. Short of doing a ‘French revolution’ against this duplicitious enterprise, things will continue apace as they have done for so many years.

  • angry 01/10/2018, 12:30 pm

    Initially I thought that morrison was a turncoat clone…….

    Now I think that morrison is TURNCOAT X2 ie twice as bad !!

    USELESS AHOLE!!@$@$!!

  • angry 01/10/2018, 3:03 pm

    Marise Payne boasts about doling out more $$$ at UN for Paris climate accord

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2018/09/marise-payne-boasts-about-doling-out-more-at-un-for-paris-climate-accord.html

    “Marise Payne” IS A TRAITOR TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE !!!

    EVIL WITCH!

    • DT 01/10/2018, 4:18 pm

      Maybe, but Angry, she could not do that without the backing of PM and Cabinet.

      Around 45 Liberal MPs rotten to the core.

      • angry 01/10/2018, 5:18 pm

        agreed!!

  • angry 01/10/2018, 5:18 pm

    First Australia Day, now this: Campaign to replace Labour Day with an Aboriginal celebration – after Scott Morrison called for new Indigenous Day

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6225777/Liberal-Party-powerbroker-calls-Corroboree-Day-public-holiday-celebrate-indigenous-culture.html

    THE ONCE CONSERVATIVE “LIBERAL PARTY” IS BROKEN AND BEYOND HELP !!!!

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