EXCLUSIVE—Federal Government AUDIT report which shows the $40 Million for the Cairns Cultural Precinct was a LABOR ELECTION PORK BARREL and no department assessment had been done— Money should have been spent by JUNE 2012 during the GFC not wasted on building a MONUMENT

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This amount included amounts for two projects (the Cairns Cultural Precinct and the Essendon Sporting  and Community Hub) for which the departmental assessment had not been completed, but for which the  Government had announced funding commitments in July and August 2010 respectively in the context of  the 2010 General election (see Media Release AA422/2010, Gillard Labor Government to Invest in Cairns’ Future, 7 July 2010, The Hon Anthony Albanese MP Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,  Regional Development and Local Government and Jim Turnour MP, Federal Member for Leichardt; and  Media Release, Investing in all-Access Essendon Sporting and Community Hub, 8 August 2010, The  Hon Jenny Macklin MP Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and  the Hon Bill Shorten MP Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services).

ANAO Audit Report No.7 2011–12
Establishment, Implementation and Administration of the Infrastructure
Employment Projects Stream of the Jobs Fund


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