House debates

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Safer Communities Fund

3:01 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Why did the Prime Minister tell the House yesterday that 'the guidelines have been followed' for this program when the Minister for Home Affairs approved the two grants he announced during the Braddon by-election despite advice from his department that the projects were—and I quote from the department's advice—unsuitable and ineligible?

3:02 pm

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

The guidelines that relate to such grants require that, where a decision is made by a minister, which a minister is empowered to do, they give a statement of reasons for that purpose, which the minister did. That is what the requirement is.