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REEFGATE, The Great Barrier Reef Foundation
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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority board member to resign over potential conflict of interest
By national science, environment and technology reporter Michael Slezak
Posted about 7 hours ago
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A board member of the federal agency responsible for managing and protecting the Great Barrier Reef has said she will quit after an ABC investigation revealed she had potential conflicts of interest in relation to $20 million of tenders managed by the body.

Since 2012, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has awarded contracts worth more than $20 million for the culling of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish.

The ABC revealed on Wednesday that Cairns-based tourism operator Margie McKenzie, who sits on the board of the Authority, also owns the company that was subcontracted to do the culling.


read more - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-22/grea...resign/10292784



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Within weeks of learning it would receive a grant worth nearly half a billion dollars, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Foundation treated mining and banking executives to a weekend of snorkelling and sunset drinks.

The "Chairman's Panel Weekend" at a luxury resort on Hamilton Island was billed as a way for executives to hear directly from scientists and experts working to save the reef.

But the trip also included accommodation and meals at the expensive Qualia Resort, trips to yacht clubs and guided snorkelling tours.

PHOTO: The Chairman's Panel Weekend was hosted at the luxury Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island. (Supplied: Qualia Great Barrier Reef, file photo)

Attendance was only available to the affiliates who paid the $20,000 foundation membership fee, including BHP, JP Morgan, Rio Tinto, Shell, AGL, Commonwealth Bank, Deutsche Bank, Boral Limited and many other companies.

The foundation set 25 per cent of that fee aside to fund the Hamilton Island trip, rather than ensuring all of it was spent on projects to improve the reef.


Kinda defeats the purpose of membership fees - going towards funding projects to "save the reef" rather than and weekend of fun in the sun?

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"Costs associated with this are fully paid for via their membership fees and no taxpayer dollars, grants or other donations received by the GBRF are used."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-14/grea...g-trip/10117660



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Dead Shark Tank: The Great Barrier Reef
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVxav1hiWHI...eature=youtu.be



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cute take on reefgate by First Dog on the Moon biggrin.gif
Reefgate part two: the plot (and the water) thickens, starring Brenda the Antifa Penguin
First Dog on the Moon
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2...-antifa-penguin




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#ReefGate: extinct disclosures and the Karl Metric
Posted by Michael West | Aug 6, 2018 | Featured, Government
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A month earlier, Karl had interviewed a partner of Foundation sponsor Deloitte on air, as the Today Show announced it was about to embark on its “We Love Australia” trip to celebrate the show’s 35th anniversary.

A run-through the financial statements of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, a small charity funded by large corporations, shows “Engagement and communications expense”, the PR budget in other words, more than doubled last year to almost one million dollars, the year in which Karl, Lisa, Richard, Tim and Sylvia from Nine Network had their trip to the Reef.

If this expense, let’s call it the Karl Metric, continues to hold at present levels now the Foundation has $444 million in taxpayer funds at its disposal, the $1 in every $7 of spending would mean $66 million of taxpayer money being splashed on PR and junkets.


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One thing which has hitherto been lost in the furore over #ReefGate is that the GBRF has long been subsidised by taxpayers. It is difficult to establish from its accounts whether certain “grants” are from government or industry but it appears the lion’s share of the Foundation’s funding has come from government.

This means that every taxpayer in Australia contributed in a small way to Karl’s trip to the Whitsundays.


https://www.michaelwest.com.au/reefgate-ext...he-karl-metric/



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Gets worse wacko.gif Turnbull is ex Goldman Sachs also
GBRF - OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stephen Fitzgerald
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Previously, Stephen was Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Australia and New Zealand, having joined the firm in 1992 and been named Partner in 2002.


Stephen Fitzgerald is also - Member of the Council of Advisors, United States Studies Centre https://www.ussc.edu.au/people/stephen-fitzgerald

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The United States Studies Centre, a foreign policy think tank with close links to the Turnbull and Murdoch families, has been given $12 million by the federal government.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife, Lucy Turnbull, is the United States Studies Centre's "patron".

Their son-in-law, James Brown, was the think tank's research director from 2015 until a few months ago, when he resigned to devote time to the unpaid role as president of the NSW division of the Returned and Services League of Australia, which is going through a financial scandal.

https://www.afr.com/news/politics/think-tan...20180723-h1317e



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Not sure if anyone is following this. Michael West's article - Sneaky Reef hand-out a half-a-billion-dollar symptom of broken government

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We now know, thanks to a Senate Inquiry, that the GBRF did not ask for this $444 million. The PM offered it to the Foundation in return for its chairman agreeing to a “series of collaboration principles” which would lead, at some point, to a “partnership”.

There are many among us who would relish the opportunity to be gifted $444 million – six years of funding upfront, with no due diligence, no performance benchmarks or commitments as to how it might be spent – in return for a verbal commitment to a set of unspecified “collaboration principles”.

We also now know the deal was struck on April 9 at a private meeting in Sydney between the PM, his Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and the chairman of Great Barrier Reef Foundation John Schubert.

What else do we know?

There was no tender process, no grant application.
The $444 million grant was not solicited.
The money has been safely plonked in the bank accounts of the Foundation.
Counter to earlier reports, the Secretary of the Department of Environment, Finn Pratt, was not present at the meeting of April 9.
Scientific bodies such as CSIRO, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Insitute of Marine Science (AIMS) were overlooked. They appear to have been taken by surprise by the sheer magnitude of a grant to an organisation with six staff.
Three directors of the Foundation refused to give evidence to the Senate inquiry scrutinising deal. Despite being offered five dates to appear, they cited travel commitments, medical appointments, board meetings and other unspecified engagements; although they – the organisation’s chair John Schubert and board members Grant King and Paul Greenfield – subsequently agreed to appear.
The Department gave evidence to the Senate that the grant was made on the grounds of “previous knowledge of the GBRF”, which runs counter to earlier claims by Minister Simon Birmingham that the government had conducted due diligence.
The GBRF deal therefore is a stinker. There is no indication the Foundation will use the money unwisely but it further undermines the credibility of government that Foundation backers are heavily-weighted in the resources sector and the likes of Peabody Energy and Exxon have been linked to funding climate sceptic bodies.

https://www.michaelwest.com.au/sneaky-reef-...ken-government/

Seems a twitter war has erupted - no doubt this will be in the media tomorrow - when Karl Stefanovac (Today Show) tweeted...

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Karl Stefanovic@karlstefanovic

The @GBRFoundation deserves and will use every cent in its arsenal to save the reef. I’ve no doubt their research into reef dna and conservation is the key. Let’s give them supporting space to prove it.

4:25 PM - 3 Aug 2018


Appears the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was a sponsor for Stefanovac & Today Show for their - "We love Australia" trip to celebrate it's 35th anniversary last year where he did an interview with one of the GBRF partners - Deloittes - to promote a report the company had done for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation - begs the question, is this how they will spend the $443mil - on commissioned reports and fluffy interviews with fluffy cash for comment reporters
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and...804-p4zvjf.html

Elsewhere it's been suggested that the real purpose of the GBRF is to revisit the possibility of oil & gas exploration on near the reef - a similar attempt was exposed here - http://www.melaleucamedia.com.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=256

You click on one of the partners - We-do-it - and up comes a picture of Turnbull on the front of their website
Attached File  MalcolmTurnbull.jpg ( 62.57K ) Number of downloads: 8

https://www.barrierreef.org/our-partners/corporate-partners
https://twitter.com/hashtag/reefgate?f=twee...ws&src=hash



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