$2 Billion Bushfire Recovery Fund Heavily Skewed towards Coalition Seats

Updated: Jun 11

Following the Black Summer Bushfires of 2019-2020, the Morrison Government established a $2 Billion bushfire recovery fund towards restoring those communities affected.

A roadside bushfire at night, with 'Bushfire Recovery Rort' as the foregrounded text.

As reported by Elizabeth Minter for Michael West Media, one round of recovery funding worth $177 Million was never advertised to the general public, with NSW Labor and Greens MP's claiming they only learned of it on November 2nd 2020, when then-Federal Agricultural Minister, David Littleproud, and then-Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, announced that 71 projects in NSW had been 'fast-tracked'. Of the $177 Million in funds, only $2 Million (1.1%) went to NSW State Labor seats, with no funds at all being directed to Greens-held seats.

By April of 2021, it became apparent that only half of the allocated $565.9 Million promised for early 2020 had been spent ($288.8 Million, or roughly 51%). 86% of these funds had been directed to the Liberal Party-governed state of New South Wales, with the remaining 14% being divided across both the Labor Party-governed states of Victoria and Queensland. Furthermore, there has been "little to no transparency" regarding the funds, with reports of various ministers misrepresenting both the speed of delivery and scale of funding.

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