Senate debates

Monday, 20 August 2018

Questions without Notice: Additional Answers

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

5:25 pm

Photo of Mitch FifieldMitch Fifield (Victoria, Liberal Party, Minister for Communications) Share this | | Hansard source

I table a response to a question taken on notice during question time on 16 August 2018 asked by Senator Keneally relating to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and seek leave to have the document incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows—

Dear Mr President

Iwrite with regard to a question I took on notice from Senator the Hon Kristina Keneally on Thursday, 16 August 2018, on the matter of a former director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (the Foundation).

The Foundation has demonstrated its ability to deliver Government funding appropriately on a number of occasions, including with grants from the former Labor Government.

Mr Stephen Roberts was a Director of the Board of the Foundation from November 2015. While the charges do not have anything to do with Mr Roberts' actions with the Foundation, he has stepped down from the Board. The Foundation's robust governance arrangements appear to be handling the matter appropriately and the Foundation's Board remains fully operational. The Government will not comment further on what is an unresolved matter that sits with the ACCC.

I have copied is letter to Senator Keneally.

Kind regards

Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance

20 August 2018