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'Laughable': Reef Foundation windfall was a trial case, document shows

'Laughable': Reef Foundation windfall was a trial case, document shows

The $443.4 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was intended to be a 'trial case' to see if non-profit groups could be used to deliver 'big government programs', documents released to a Senate inquiry show.

  • by Peter Hannam

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Secret papers detail Great Barrier Reef Foundation's costly PR strategy
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Secret papers detail Great Barrier Reef Foundation's costly PR strategy

Cabinet documents also show officials canvassed ways to stage-manage the government’s highly controversial funding announcement, including recruiting children and indigenous people.

  • by Nicole Hasham
Environment Minister Melissa Price attacks Kristina Keneally over reef 'witch hunt'
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Environment Minister Melissa Price attacks Kristina Keneally over reef 'witch hunt'

The new environment minister has also accused Labor of intimidation and other "outrageous" behaviour as it opposes a controversial grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

  • by Nicole Hasham
How reef funds went from $5 million to nearly $500 million in five days
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How reef funds went from $5 million to nearly $500 million in five days

After the surprise $443m funding announcement, officials scrambled for a celebrity, kids and an idea of what to do with the money, FOI documents reveal.

  • by Carrie Fellner & Peter Hannam
Great Barrier Reef charity powers ahead with cash splash despite Labor threat
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Great Barrier Reef charity powers ahead with cash splash despite Labor threat

It has also emerged that a board director supports Queensland fossil fuel projects that are endangering the reef.

  • by Nicole Hasham
Banking on the reef
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Banking on the reef

Australia should take care to avoid the same mistakes with our national treasures so the tragedy of Brazil's national museum is not repeated.

  • by Ebony Bennett
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Endangered hammerhead sharks die on baited hooks in Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Endangered hammerhead sharks die on baited hooks in Great Barrier Reef

The images show two scalloped hammerhead sharks dangling lifelessly on drum lines used by the Queensland government under its shark control program.

Labor will force return of controversial $443 million Great Barrier Reef grant
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Labor will force return of controversial $443 million Great Barrier Reef grant

In a letter to the reef charity, Labor says a federal election “can be called at any time” and warns it against "grossly inappropriate" spending decisions.

  • by Nicole Hasham
Cryptocurrency behind Great Keppel Island's $300 million resurrection
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Cryptocurrency behind Great Keppel Island's $300 million resurrection

It was once sold as the ideal place to “get wrecked”. Now an ambitious cryptocurrency consortium plans to resurrect Great Keppel Island as a high-tech wonderland.

  • by Nick O'Malley
Killer robot ready to protect barrier reef
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Killer robot ready to protect barrier reef

An underwater drone that can keep watch over the Great Barrier Reef's health and kill invading species is ready to be put to the test.

  • by Aaron Bunch
Reef donation just the tip of the iceberg
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Reef donation just the tip of the iceberg

All of this speaks to the need for far-reaching housecleaning to rebuild trust in the political system.

  • by Tony Walker