Scott Morrison says surprise $444 Million reef grant was a bid to balance the books. Labor: Former Treasurer is a Poor Economic Manager #auspol More Here;

His defence comes as emails emerge showing government officials privately expressed relief they were not involved in the grant.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a desire to balance the federal budget drove a surprise decision to bestow $444 million in Great Barrier Reef funding to a private foundation, as emails emerge showing that department officials expressed relief they were not involved in the controversial grant.

Mr Morrisonโ€™s concession was leapt on by Labor, which said it shows the former treasurer is a poor economic manager and fiddled with the national accounts at the expense of the environment…

Source: Scott Morrison says surprise $444 million reef grant was a bid to balance the books