Dis­may over GBR Foun­da­tion

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

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

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