Category Archives: Great Barrier Reef

WWF climate cult indoctrinates NZ kids while scientists say nothing is wrong with the reef

CAIRNS KIDS GEARING HARD FOR RUN AS ONE
FOR CLIMATE ACTION

On 16th October, run4reef, a world first simultaneous running event to raise awareness and funds for the Great Barrier Reef will hit the street of Cairns and 21 other cities around Australia and New Zealand – and one group of local kids are banding together to lead the race across the community.

A range of kids from schools across the community have joined forces to create their very own run4reef training squad in preparation for the big race day, now just weeks away.

The kids will be taking part in the 1km kids fun run event and have spent many of the last weeks coming together to train and get race ready. They are driven by their passion for the environment, on a mission to encourage more Cairns locals of all abilities to get involved in the good cause.

run4reef will raise much-needed funds to help protect the Reef, with 15% of registration income supporting the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s innovative ‘plant a coral initiative’, WWF-Australia, WWF-NZ and local government organisations.

ABC, UNESCO, Greens and GBRMPA propaganda fails to bleach coral leaving the reef perfect today

This interview dispels any fake news narrative the the reef is in danger in spite of the ABC and UNESCO diatribe which has in effect killed reef tourism world-wide because many potential visitors believe the 3000 kilometre stretch of the best coral on Earth and its aquatic life is nearly deceased.

Coral harvesting on the Great Barrier Reef continues at 100 tonnes a year

Letter to the Editor

If our reefs are so depleted of coral cover then why is Coral Harvesting in Australia still going at full speed in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia?

It’s hard to believe but for decades now, government licensed divers jackhammer out for export to marine aquariums, over 100 tons a year of hard & soft corals, anemones & live rock.

Sometimes in full view of horrified tourists on scuba excursions! But that’s ok because JCU, GBRMPA & all the governments say it is for the 30 odd companies exporting great chunks of our beautiful reef for profit & not a peep from the greenies.

See where it ends up at:
https://www.thedubaiaquarium.com/

These guys say it’s all ok:
https://www.agriculture.gov.au/sites/default/files/env/consultations/a93a115f-3145-487b-8b0d-127b95d33059/files/management-coral-harvest-acroporidae-csf-2020.pdf

from Peter Russell

Queensland

Nothing wrong with the reef

from Rusty Marsh

If any further proof was required of the un-trustworthiness of many environmental science institutions, it happened today with the release of the State of the Environment Report. Have they even looked at the data on coral cover from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, “the most comprehensive record of reef condition available for the Reef” and shows spectacular coral cover on the reef last year?

Most reputable researchers maintain there is nothing wrong with the reef. Global warming and climate change crap is like water off a duck’s back to most intelligent northern inhabitants

This latest report is just a political statement, designed to bully the government. It was apparently written when the coalition was still in government but the then Minister Susan Ley decided not to publish it. That was a mistake – it should have been released and ridiculed for what it is. The then minister should have started to ask for some quality assurance of this ‘science’.

Where does the report mention that the concentration of pesticides on the reef are so low they cannot be measured with the most sensitive scientific equipment, or that sediment does not reach the reef in anything but minuscule concentrations? Why does it blame farmers for killing the reef when the data shows the opposite?

Why does it mention the three mass bleaching events which supposedly devastated the coral but fails to mention the fabulous coral cover today? Because the data disprove the doom story.

Because this report is not about science.

It is time for both sides of politics to finally stand up to this blackmail. Time to call for some quality assurance and pledge to pay for it. There is a great deal of scepticism about reports like these because they are so over-the-top, they have lost credibility.

Calling for quality assurance does not make one a denier – it makes one prudent.

Notes:

For 2021, AIMS (see link below) list the northern, central and southern regions as having 27%, 26% and 39% coral cover respectively. Normalising this for the number of reefs surveyed in each section (54, 53 and 20 reefs respectively), this produces a total average coral cover for the GBR of 28%. This 2022 figure has been added (in the graph above) to previous graphs that AIMS has produced of coral cover.

AIMS no longer plots the GBR total coral cover. They did so up until 2017. Why on earth did they stop? Also reefs almost never have 100% coral cover as there are many other organisms on reefs including crustose coralline algae, soft coral, and areas of coral sand.

The coral cover is at record high values in 2021, although, given the uncertainties in these numbers (about 4% according to AIMS) one needs to be a little circumspect. But it certainly does not indicate that there is much wrong with the Reef.

The reason there is high coral cover is that the reef is in good shape because it is not affected by any significant pollution and the impact of climate change has been minimal

https://soe.dcceew.gov.au

International media and Guardian publish fake coral bleaching pics from Great Barrier Reef, new film shows otherwise

Former, honest JCU researcher Peter Ridd who blew the whistle on dishonest reef reports will be present at the Brisbane film release on Sunday July 24.

Former JCU reef researcher Peter Ridd
Truthful researchers and dive boat operators say there is nothing wrong with the Great Barrier Reef in Australia while crooked university researchers and the GBRMPA lie to governments to attract more funding grants
All these reports about the Great Barrier Reef bleached white.  I’ve visited the reefs reported by the government agencies as dead and dying and instead I’ve found and filmed extraordinary beauty.   

It is a risk, and it is expensive, deciding to make a film about something way offshore and underwater.    I’ve done it twice now – with both films showing at the New Farm Cinema (701 Brunswick Street) in Brisbane this Sunday July 24 at 2:00 PM. 

Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for AIP and IPA members. Click here to RSVP and get a ticket

The first film has the title ‘A Coral Bleaching Tragedy’ – and the tragedy is not with the corals but how colourful bleaching is misreported and so misunderstood. The corals at John Brewer Reef through March and April 2022 were putting on a spectacular and colourful show while local and international media falsely reported them as having turned stark white. This film also demonstrates the nonsense of attempting to determine the health of a coral from an aeroplane as report in recent official surveys. To know the true state of the corals it is necessary to get into and under the water.

The second film, ‘The Measure of the Great Barrier Reef’, is about a voyage in a little boat to a magical place with crystal clear waters, giant clams, and even bigger corals. Myrmidon Reef is way out on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean beyond the Great Barrier Reef proper. Two of us continually disappearing under the waves with a tape measure to determine the size of the monster boulder corals to know coral growth rates and thus temperature change over the last few hundred years. 
 
If you can’t make it to Brisbane but would like to organise you own local showing of these films get in touch – maybe we can organise something at your local cinema.  

Thanks for caring.
Sincerely,

Dr Jennifer Marohasy 
Researcher & Writer 

PS I was back at that reef last week with my daughter and we found the coral that The Guardian had reported as badly bleached was fully recovered, more at a recent blog post that you can read by clicking here

PSS Peter Ridd will also be at the New Farm Cinema on Sunday.  We both so hope to see you there.  Buy your ticket, reserve your place by clicking here

Vote for the LNP, ALP or Greens at your peril

BOM cancels severe weather warnings for Sydney-maybe there was a power outage at Jindalee

Truth is “Climate Change” and Weather Modification are linked. Just look at how the ABC has started in earnest blaming severe weather on ‘climate change’

In 1990’s, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Atmospheric Laboratory conducted field trials in non-conventional weather modification technologies.
Through further studies, atmospheric researchers developed a theory that identified macro‐scale weather chaos as ‘the key’ to influencing weather.
During late 1990’s an independent research team in Australia stumbled on an ‘atmospheric mechanism’ whilst exploring origins of this theory (link). (NA)
Experimental trials revealed that “small amounts of electromagnetic energy, applied intelligently,” could force change into weather, based on atmospheric sine wave patterns. This research culminated in the development of an atmospheric resonance technology, represented by Aquiess International (aquiess).
Electromagnetic wave forms are utilized to deliver signals toward a target weather system, that may be as remote as beyond the visible horizon. Proprietary technologies which draw upon data from locally applied hardware and software as well as disparate sensors, are deployed to modify the patterns forming ‘oceanic corridors’ that deliver rain. Scientific analysis of aquiess’ results, shows what is described as ‘resonance technology’, has both a vast reach and incremental scalability.
The core technology and primary IP are protected by treaties and strict security protocols which surround the project.
https://climateviewer.com/2014/03/26/cloud-ionization-electric-rainmaking-laser-guided-weather-modification/

2011- RAINAID – AQUIESS
Aquiess has tested a technology, which utilizes an electromagnetic wave-form that can influence weather patterns remotely. This signal can be launched multiple times at a moving weather system to adjust its direction and velocity. Generally, the signals are launched from ground-based servers and triangulate on a moving rainfall system. Utilizing a satellite feedback-loop to observe, review and re-launch signals, multiple ‘adjustments’ are created to influence pathways of the atmospheric ‘rivers,’ of precipitable moisture
https://issuu.com/chemtrail/docs/rainaid_-_aquiess

2012 – the past ten years the company Aquiess has repeatedly demonstrated this technology to government and humanitarian observer groups. The proprietary weather modification system operates by utilizing ‘resonance’ signals to divert oceanic atmospheric-rivers into areas.
https://weathermodificationhistory.com/aquiess-sciblue-steer-atmospheric-river-over-texas/

2012 UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. GlobalRainProject.
Dr Mahendra Shah, Aquiess Director of International Planning – Aquiess weather modification technology offers a cost effective and environmentally sustainable solution confronting world weather vulnerability to climate change including droughts, floods, hurricanes and other extreme events.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dbslv4Z0fn0

“It lays the predicate and foundation for the development of a weather satellite that will permit man to determine the world’s cloud layer and ultimately to control the weather; and he who controls the weather will control the world” – Vice President Johnson at Southwest Texas State University (1962).

PS: God answered prayers – Keep Sydney safe. Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST Cancellation Of Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sydney area. Issued at 5:14 pm Tuesday, 8 March 2022. Intense rainfall conditions have eased. Cancellation of detailed severe thunderstorm warning for the following areas: Sydney Severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting Sydney Newcastle Wollongong or surrounding areas. The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

Halls of shame – Australian Universities ban free speech

James Cook University in Cairns leads the pack. Their precious academics don’t like peer reviews of their sometimes dodgy work. Never let the facts get in the way when appeasing governments for more and bigger grants.

A dark cloud hangs over the future of academic freedom of speech in Australia following the High Court’s ruling today against Great Barrier Reef expert Dr Peter Ridd, Katter’s Australian Party MPs have said.

The KAP which – alongside a variety of other supporters from across the country – have stood in solidarity with Dr Ridd as he took his former employer James Cook University (JCU) to court after being sacked in 2018, said the professor deserved to be applauded for his tenacity.

MHR Bob Katter; Dr Peter Ridd; Nick Dametto MLA and leader of KAP, Robbie Katter MLA address a recent cane industry forum in Ayr.
Dr Ridd said today he “may have lost a battle but he will win the war.”

Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto said today’s decision by the High Court meant, by law, Dr Ridd was in breach of his of JCU work contract when he publicly raised quality assurance and trust concerns around fellow researchers’ works.

The ruling had nothing to do with Dr Ridd’s expertise on the GBR or the validity of his scientific views, he said.

Mr Dametto currently has a Bill before the Queensland Parliament seeking a full repeal of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019.

This Bill, labelled as “farm-destroying” due to the onerous requirements it places on North and Central Queensland cane growers, was predicated on water quality research similar to that which was questioned by Dr Ridd.

Dr Ridd has long called for the establishment of an Office of Science Quality Assurance to question and monitor the validity of scientific research used to underpin government policy.

“We believe that, in the court of public opinion, Dr Ridd has been successful,” Mr Dametto said.

“As a scientist, academic and individual we believe he deserves to be applauded for putting everything on the line to fight for what he, and many others, believe in, which is the fundamental importance of freedom of speech and academic integrity.

“In the name of standing up for what he thought was morally right and just, Dr Ridd has sacrificed his job and potentially his career and reputation, but he has done this because he believed it was right to at least question the science. 

“Few people understand the effects of sediment and nutrient run-off to the GBR better than Dr Ridd, and systemic quality assurance problems are still plaguing the way GBR ‘science’ is being used to affect modelling that drives government policy and public opinion. 

“The gravest concern attached to today’s ruling is that it has the real potential to scare off anyone else who wants to raise their head out of the trenches to question not only the reef science institutions but also science across the board.”

Mr Dametto said that, without academic freedom, there was a potential to stifle the progression of science and send us back to a time of limited academic thinking not seen since the Dark Ages. 

Kennedy MP Bob Katter said that the cases of Ridd and Pavlou made it quite obvious that there was no freedom of speech on Australia’s university campuses.

“Peter Ridd was expressing opinions, and that has been the entire essence of universities since the days of Plato and Socrates,” he said.

“There must a free expression of ideals for universities to operate properly. When I was at university I disagreed with radicals who opposed Vietnam but I defended tenaciously their right to free expression of their point of view.

“The CEO class now run the universities, the corporations and half the trade unions. They are stifling freedoms in this country.”

Prickly acacia thickening overtakes valuable grazing lands after record floods

State KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has labelled the State Government and the Queensland Greens hypocrites for posing as environmental champions while at the same time chronically ignoring of the wave of prickly acacia engulfing the state.

 Mr Katter said it was outrageous that Labor, and the Greens who have so far been silent on the issue, were sitting idle and refusing to make more funds available while the African weed was destroying the north and mid-west plains.

 The Traeger MP said he was at a loss to understand why the Palaszczuk State Government had refused to adhere to a supposed ‘agreement’ made with the Federal Government in March that would see a $10 million ‘war chest’ unlocked to fight the highly-invasive weed.

This introduced prickly tree is fast taking over north western Queensland downs country after record floods deposited seeds over millions of hectares of black soil grazing country affecting the carrying capacity of properties.

 The funds were due to see action on the ground from last month, but the Palaszczuk Government has denied it agreed to provide the money.

 It has made clear it will not allocate the $5 million share that a joint media release circulated by the two governments had promised it would.

 Mr Katter said the anticipated $10 million in State and Federal funding was welcomed, but at the end of the day it was grossly insufficient to deal with the weeds crisis.

 He said Queensland landholders desperately needed support in controlling prickly acacia on their properties, and there were many ways the State Government could assist with this.

 This could include providing land rent rebates to those who proved they were successfully controlling the weed on their properties, Mr Katter said.

 “The most current estimates we have say that prickly acacia is costing our agricultural industries more than $4 billion dollars a year in costs and lost productivity, with the most affected area the Mitchell Grass Downs region in central Queensland,” he said.

 “You may not be able to see the problem from the cities, but believe me a large portion of our environment is in an unnatural and unhealthy state because of this weed.

 “The problem is thrown into the laps of our graziers every year, and they fork our millions of dollars trying to contain prickly acacia with little assistance from government.

 “Prickly acacia infestation has increased from around 6.6 million hectares 20 years ago to around 33 million hectares today – it’s a cancer in the bush.

 “It is important also that we focus on the weed control activity in the Gulf where the problem is the worst.

 “I have great concerns that the former Federal Minister for Agriculture wanted to pork barrel all the federal funds into just his electorate in the central west when the majority of the problem is in the Southern Gulf.

 “Regardless, no one is interested in the particulars of what deal may or may not have been struck by the government, and this is not an issue that should be politicised by either levels of Government.”

 Mr Katter said the north and mid-west was desperate to see some genuine leadership from the State Government on prickly acacia.

 The Palaszczuk Government has only spent $2.7 million on dealing with the weed since it gained government in 2014.

 In comparison, Labor has given $3.5 billion to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation for reef protection and preservation activities in the same amount of time.

 Prickly acacia is a highly-invasive, thorny African weed that was brought to Australia as a shade and fodder tree.

 It strips land productivity by causing erosion, decreasing pasture and out-competing other native vegetation for water, and is hugely problematic in that it can transform natural grasslands into desolate thorny scrub.

 

Barrier Reef $542M funding buys penthouses, Lamborghinis and overseas holidays

Katters Australian Party targets Save the ‘Great Barrier Reef’ industry

North Queensland readers would find it more than interesting the Cairns Post newspaper has ignored this story

KAP Candidate for Leichhardt, Daniel McCarthy has today called for a forensic audit to be carried out on all Barrier Reef government funding warning that the ‘rivers of gold’ crisis funding being allocated to save a reef that doesn’t need saving have flowed for far too long and it was time to reveal to tax payers just how their money was being spent.

A select few crisis-crying people have done exceedingly well from millions of dollars in tax payer funded grants whilst the rest of the marine tourism industry in Cairns and Port Douglas have suffered tremendously.

“We have the third largest territorial sea of any nation yet no politicians currently in Canberra have the slightest grasp on reality with our oceans, and it now seems government doesn’t know or has been turning a blind eye to where the reef funding money has been funnelled and a full and thorough forensic audit will determine what’s been going on with the $102 million been spent on Crown of Thorns alone,” said Mr McCarthy.

Dan McCarthy KAP calls for forensic audit of half a billion in Federal reef funding

The negative publicity in the world wide media is a result of outrageous false and misleading claims made by those milking the gravy train has destroyed the reputation of the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.

“The knock-on effect caused by the reef’s trashed reputation has flowed through the North.

“Cairns Port expansion plans are held to ransom by the Federal governments Reef 2050 plan along with the unnecessary State Government vegetation management laws and increased green-tape where virtually every farmer in North and Far North Qld has also been vilified along the way.

“It’s high time to restore integrity into science, policy and research funding for the Great Barrier Reef.”

The current media reports of the sacking of Prof Peter Ridd by James Cook University is currently before the courts and is deeply troubling.

“As far as I am aware Prof Ridd was simply offering a scientific view that the science in relation to reef funding should be quality controlled.”

The federal government handed over $102m to a group of researchers to implement control measures for the coral-eating crown of thorns starfish (above). Current research shows a one-off injection of a bovine enzyme easily kills the starfish.

Recently the Crown of Thorns starfish funding had been under scrutiny in wide spread revelations in the media.

“We all want to protect the GBR that’s for sure. However, I have been inundated with phone calls from people across the marine sector and the public who are absolutely ropable over the reef funding scandal that has come to light.”

McCarthy has a deep understanding of the threats and the reality of what’s actually happening on the reef, having worked on it for most the last 30 years and in every sector of the marine industry.

“I have long been concerned that the relationships and arrangements for reef funding were ‘a little cozy’ between a couple of individuals and their organisations and members of parliament, but what has been revealed in recent wide spread media of late it appears the situation stinks of jobs for the boys to say the least.”

Hard working Australian tax payers are having hundreds of millions of their dollars directed into the ‘save the Reef’ industry.

Now it appears some of this money may have been funnelled into saving for retirement, penthouses, expensive luxury cars, hobby farms on the Tablelands, overseas holidays and election campaign funding for a select few. It certainly does not pass the pub test.

Mr McCarthy is furious at many of the matters being raised particularly with what equates to ‘Donor Democracy.’

“If what is alleged in these media reports is true I think it disgraceful. Australian’s are fed up with seeing their money being swallowed up in deceptive, self-interested projects under the guise of saving things,” he said.

“I support Dr Peter Ridd’s proposal that at least one per cent of the funding that goes to the Great Barrier Reef is spent on checking the science, verifying the findings and providing quality assurance.”

There are many further questions to be asked as to why the Federal Government gave $440 million to a private company that never asked for the money nor has the capacity or idea as what they intend to do with it.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/lnp-donors-win-great-barrier-reef-contracts/news-story/22a23f1e66550bd9e1796b8b421a4f09

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-16/great-barrier-reef-funding-grant-scrutinised-auditor-general/10720928

 

Will Morrison claw back the $444 million Turnbull handed to the Reef Foundation

by Brent Melville

AUSTRALIA’S new Prime Minister Scott Morrison is an evangelical Christian. The deputy prime minister Josh Frydenberg is Jewish by religion.

It is not difficult to put the case that their values clearly do not synchronize with the environmentalist ideology being pushed on Australians under the so-called 2030 Sustainable Development Goals i.e. Agenda 20-30, which is subscribed to by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, state governments and councils.

Will Scott Morrison claw back the $444m Turnbull handed to the GBRF of which his wife is patron?

Running parallel to this is the cultural Marxism as recognised in programs such as “Safe Schools” and the “diversity” agenda being pushed by governments, corporations and big sporting codes.
The so-called sustainable development goals in many ways are actually anti-economic development. They supposedly justify the creation of elitist qangos like the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) to guide the unwashed masses into the supposed green, diverse global utopia.
The GBRF, with its six employees, was recently given an outrageous handout of $487.6 million by ex-PM Turnbull through then Environment Minister Frydenberg. Of course it’s not all for the employees, but to be dished out to any number of projects that supposedly do something to “save the reef from destruction”.
The sham is that some scientists who have long observed and studied the reef say it is not in danger of dying at all.

The handout would have to rate as one of, if not the biggest environmental rort in Australian history – close to the $460m spooned out to the horrifically crooked Clinton Foundation and associated entities by both Labor and Coalition governments.

The question is, can Morrison and Frydenberg, the Christian-Jewish duo, do something to break the oppressive grip of green-tinged cultural Marxism over Australia?
Both should readily understand the disconnect between their respective beliefs and the philosophy behind Agenda 20-30.
The Old Testament story common to both Judaism and Christianity tells of the earth and mankind being created by a supernatural God of infinite wisdom and love, who put mankind in charge of the planet with instructions (Genesis 1:28) to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (or fill) the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”. The Commonwealth of Australian, through the English law tradition, has been and hopefully still is guided by Christianity and the “Almighty God” referred to in the Preamble to the Constitution.

This tradition recognises The Lord’s Prayer as a spiritual principle for the good government of the nation, hence it being a voluntary part of the parliamentary procedure – even if large numbers of MPs these days reject it.

But environmentalists mostly do not accept the existence of a God who is ultimately in control of the planet. If they are open to any spirituality at all, it’s the idea of a pagan spiritual entity called Gaia, the Mother Earth goddess of Greek mythology.

But there are also many atheistic or agnostic environmentalists who claim to be solely led by “science”, which for them has no place for spiritual entities, faith or a Creator. Their explanation for the existence of all things is the shaky theory of evolution, which is supposedly proven by science.
For those unconvinced either way on this matter, look up a lecture on YouTube by the late Chuck Missler, a former industrial engineer, who explains how Darwin’s “simple cell” theory, taught in high school classes as the basis of evolution, has now been totally disproven by modern science.

Science, rather than pointing to random, chance mutations as being the answer to life as we know it, now points to intelligent design in nature.

Where, we might ask, did this design, this highly ordered and complex information come from?

Those of faith might also ask, did the God of creation miscalculate the ability of the planet to sustain an ever-growing population or the ability of those “made in His likeness” to find technology in order to inhabit the vast, unpopulated regions and oceans of the earth and eventually, other planets.

Environmentalism, by contrast, says the human species as an imposition upon “nature” or “Gaia”.

Humans, they maintain, are causing nature to fail and Gaia to spin out of control in apocalyptic climate change, therefore humans must reduce their numbers and radically cut their economic activity.
Ideally, according to this global green ideology, we should be living in cubicles in high-rises covered in vines with little or no electricity, apart from that which solar panels or windmills can dribble in.
It’s a miserable outlook for humanity, otherwise known as cultural pessimism.

Whether a Christian and Jew in charge of Australia’s governing Coalition party, can throw off this dark cloud over the nation, has yet to be seen.

Senator Keneally says something ‘fishy’ about Turnbull’s $444M grant to Barrier Reef Foundation

from the Australian Morning Mail

The Clintons and Turnbulls

One can’t escape that the two families seem to like ‘foundations’, it has a cozy sound, one of philanthropy through the pure heart of a samaritan—even Mother Theresa like. Past Australian governments simply adored the Clinton Foundation to the tune of more than $400 million. Gillard is in there somewhere also. Perhaps ‘foundation’ was the lure for Malcolm? The Great Barrier Reef Foundation sounds regal—don’t you think? The Clinton Foundation $400 million odd. The GBRF $444 million—not too much and not too little. Gee, big Mal has a lot of good friends—today. Tomorrow—I dunnow!

Malcolm Turnbull’s office has confirmed that two of the directors of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation — the recipient of a $444 million grant from his government awarded without tender — may have been hosted at the Prime Minister’s home by wife Lucy.

Source: News Corp

PM fends off Lucy’s links to $444m reef grant recipients

The Australian can reveal the head of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s philanthropy committee, Stephen Fitzgerald, a one-time head of Mr Turnbull’s former investment bank Goldman Sachs, was on the board of the European Business Advisory Council at the same time as Mrs Turnbull.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with wife Lucy

Mr Fitzgerald is also on the council of advisers for the US Studies Centre in Sydney — where Mrs Turnbull is patron — and was on that council while Mrs Turnbull held the role of deputy chair between 2012 and 2015.

The chairman of the philanthropy committee for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation before Mr Fitzgerald, Stephen Roberts, was also on the council of advisers for the US Studies Centre at the same time Mrs Turnbull held ceremonial roles. Mr Roberts resigned from his foundation role in June after being charged with ­alleged criminal cartel conduct.

Asked yesterday whether Mr Fitzgerald or Mr Roberts had been to the Turnbulls’ home, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “Prior to 2015, as deputy chair of the US Studies Centre, Mrs Turnbull occasionally hosted USSC directors and advisers at her home.”

The revelations will raise more questions about the grant to the foundation but the Prime Minister’s office insists the decision was not a result of connections.

The Australian understands Mrs Turnbull concedes she knows Mr Fitzgerald but says she has not seen him for more than three years and cannot “recall” discussing the Great Barrier Reef Foundation with him.

“Mrs Turnbull is not a director of the European Australian Business Council and has not been for more than a year,” a spokesman for the Prime Minister said.

“The PM’s parliamentary disclosures reflect this. (Mrs Turnbull) has not spoken directly with either man for several years, and does not recall discussing the funding of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation with them.”

He said: “The PM has not discussed this issue with Mr Fitzgerald or Mr Roberts. The government is preserving the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. This initiative will secure jobs and improve the health of the reef. The foundation is the best-placed body to deliver on these goals.”

Asked whose idea the grant was, Mr Turnbull’s spokesman would only say: “The proposal was developed within the Department of the Environment and Energy in consultation with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Finance, Treasury, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.”

The Australian does not suggest the grant was made improperly.

Mr Turnbull has conceded he knows Mr Fitzgerald but says he does not know another Goldman Sachs boss, Keith Tuffley, who was on the Great Barrier Reef Foundation board until he resigned on federal budget day, May 8.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg repeatedly refused to say on 2GB yesterday whether the decision to give the $444m to the foundation without tender was Mr Turnbull’s idea. “It’s the government’s idea and it was one of the major announcements … in the budget because we want to save the Barrier Reef,” he said.

“This is the single largest ever investment in the ­Barrier Reef.”

Kristina Keneally, ALP senator and former NSW Premier says the $444m federal government donation to close associates to ‘protect the Barrier Reef’ is fishy.   Scientists say there is nothing wrong with the reef.

Labor senator Kristina Keneally said: “There is something fishy about this grant.

“How does a prime minister give away $444m of public money without due diligence, competitive tender or grant application?”

“If Malcolm Turnbull and his family has a personal relationship with one or more of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation board members, that’s even more reason (he) should have ensured this grant decision was taken at arm’s length from him, with the highest standards of probity and contestability, so as to give the public confidence in the decision.”

Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister, former head of Goldman Sachs Australia 1997-2002.

Lucy Turnbull
Former deputy chairman and director of US Studies Centre 2012-15 and on the board of directors of the centre 2007-15, including a time when both Great Barrier Reef Foundation directors Stephen Fitzgerald and Stephen Roberts were on the council of advisers for the US Studies Centre. Also on the board of the European Australian Business Council at the same time as Mr Fitzgerald was a fellow director.

James Brown

The Turnbulls’ son-in-law. A former non-resident fellow at the US Studies Centre.

Stephen Fitzgerald

Former chairman of Goldman Sachs after joining in 1992. Named a managing director in 1998 and a partner in 2002. The current chair of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation Board’s philanthropy committee. On the board of the European Australian Business Council at the same time as Lucy Turnbull. On the council of advisers for the US Studies Centre at the same time Mrs Turnbull was on the board of directors. The PM’s office confirms Mr Fitzgerald may have been hosted by Mrs Turnbull at the Turnbulls’ home.

Stephen Roberts

Former head of Citigroup. Was charged with alleged criminal cartel conduct related to his time at Citigroup. Was chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation philanthropy committee in 2016 and 2017. Resigned from Great Barrier Reef Foundation board in June after he was charged. Was on the council of advisers for the US Studies Centre at the same time as Mrs Turnbull was on the board of directors. The PM’s office confirms he may have been hosted at the Turnbulls’ home.

Alex Turnbull
The Turnbulls’ son. Worked for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. The PM’s office says Alex Turnbull ‘does not recall meeting Stephen Fitzgerald’ and ‘they did not work together at Goldman Sachs’.

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