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Labor challenged to back in anti-pork barrelling bill

Labor has been challenged to back a proposed law before the next election that would end pork barrelling.

Independent MP Helen Haines introduced a bill to federal parliament which would increase transparency for Commonwealth grants to ensure they aren’t used for political purposes.

Under the private member’s bill, all federal grants would need to have publicly available selection criteria and be merit-based.

There would be extra reporting to parliament about the selection criteria of a grant program.

Ministers who have gone against departmental advice about the…

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