Dismay over GBR Foundation
I am a constituent in Josh Frydenberg’s electorate and I receive his usually narcissistic newsletters. A while ago he proudly stated the Turnbull government had made the largest ever grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. I felt slightly pleased but wondered at the recipient, which as far as I knew was not one of the organisations that had been working towards the preservation of the reef. Since then I have heard it is composed of entrepreneurs from fossil fuel companies and more details concerning the circumstances of the donation. I was even more dismayed to read Mike Seccombe’s article (“Accounting trick frames reef grant”, August 18–24), which included remarks relating to UNESCO by Geoff Cousins, a former Australian Conservation Foundation president and Howard adviser. I agree with the conclusion of the piece, which states, “The rest of us can only hope that he’s wrong”, as it sounds so plausible but so ingenious and self-serving in the extreme.
– Beverley McIntyre, Camberwell, Vic