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Car Park Rorts Show Scott Morrison Is Not On Your Side

July 03, 2021

SENATOR KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

ANDREW GILES MP
ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

Australians can now easily see just how Mr Morrison and his mates rorted the $660 million taxpayer-funded Commuter Car Park Fund to help them get elected before the 2019 election.

Labor's Not On Your Side website has been updated today to help Australians make sense of how Mr Morrison has treated taxpayers' money like it's Liberal Party money.

Mr Morrison personally approved 81 per cent of the car park projects. Almost 90 per cent of car parks approved were to be built in Liberal seats, or seats they wanted to win at the 2019 election.

Ten of the car parks are not even attached to a train station, despite the Fund being specifically designed to 'improve access to public transport by funding park and rideĀ facilities at rail stations.

When Mr Morrison first announced the Urban Congestion Fund as Treasurer in the 2018 Budget, from which the Car Park Fund would be announced, he refused to reveal any details about how the funding would be distributed.

The Government later ignored both Treasury and Finance Department advice that projects from the Fund should be awarded through competitive tender.

Instead, the ANAO has found that: there was no plan for implementing governance arrangements; there was no strategy developed to identify worthy projects; and the Government did very little to analyse urban congestion before it made funding decisions.

The Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport will soon be holding hearings into the Car Park Rorts scandal after members of the committee called for a spillover estimates hearing to be held as soon as practicable.

Mr Morrison clearly hopes that if he ignores this scandal it will all go away. Labor won't let him.

We will continue to update the Not On Your Side website about this and the many other scandals, rorts and mismanagement of the Morrison Government.

Australians can find out more by visiting https://notonyourside.org.au/car-park-rorts These scandals are just further evidence that Australia needs an independent federal anti-corruption commission something that only a Labor Government will deliver.

Mr Morrison is not on your side.

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