NSW Premier launches study of public subsidies based on requirements for pork barrels

NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has launched a review of the way in which the government distributes subsidies, in the wake of sensational allegations about pig barrels being sent Corruption Commission.

The review will be led by the Ministry of Prime Minister and the Cabinet in collaboration with the Productivity Commissioner, Peter Achterstraat AM, and will look at whether public funds are being used “fairly, efficiently and transparently”.

“I think it’s important that the public has confidence in the cost of taxpayers’ funds,” he said.

Dominic Perrottet NSW government gives pork barrel demands
Dominic Perrottet has launched a review of public subsidies due to allegations of pork barrel. (9 news)
Dominic Perrottet NSW government gives pork barrel demands
The review will be led by the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet. (9 news)

However, he denied that the audit was an admission that grants examined in his predecessor ICAC consultation were not given fairly, efficiently or transparently.

“I will always look at reviewing government practices and guidelines and frameworks, it is part of good government,” Perrottet said.

“These guidelines have not been looked at since 2010, so it’s important that we look at it, maybe nothing will change.”

The report comes just two days after the corruption watchdog ended hearings on whether Gladys Berejiklian broke public confidence by awarding two scholarships to the seat of Wagga Wagga, once held by her secret lover Daryl Maguire.

Dominic Perrottet NSW government gives pork barrel demands
It comes after the ICAC investigation into Gladys Berejiklian and her secret relationship with Daryl Maguire. (9 news)

The commission was also played wiretapping, with the then prime minister promising Mr Maguire that she would “throw money” at Wagga to win a by-election triggered by corruption allegations against him.

Last year, the then prime minister even defended the practice of fattening pork, saying it “is not illegal” and that “all governments and oppositions” do it to “curry favor” among voters.

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The final report and any recommendations will be delivered to the premiere and treasurer in April 2022.

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