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 Morrison’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…

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