It’s raining money on the reef: Shelton

The Turnbull government’s priorities are all wrong, according to the Conservative Party’s Queensland Senate candidate Lyle Shelton, after it granted $444 million, without tender, to a little known organisation associated with the Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Shelton says it beggars belief that while the drought crisis grips the nation’s farmers, this kind of taxpayer money can be splashed on the reef with apparent impunity.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told the Senate wasteful government spending, using borrowed money, seems to have become a hallmark of federal government.