Crossbench senators question the minister’s statement: “This is the most reserved government in memory.”
Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher says a Senate committee cannot obtain spreadsheets detailing the top 20 fringe seats, the basis for the government to channel funds from passenger parking to liberal constituencies, because they are confidential cabinet documents.
By raising a public interest immunity claim, Fletcher has ensured that the documents will not be publicly available until at least 2039. Releasing them would have a “chilling effect” on the ability for comprehensive and frank discussions between ministers to take place in the cabinet, he said. he said in his letter to the committee.
Fletcher’s claim is the latest attempt by the government to avoid scrutiny over its administration of the $ 660 million passenger parking fund, in which 87% of the funds go to seats run or controlled by the Coalition. And it’s a point where senators and transparency experts say it’s low on water.
Read on about the Morrison government’s penchant for secrecy.
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