Parliamentary probe into multi-million-dollar Tasmanian Liberal election grants

Tasmania’s treasurer will be grilled by a parliamentary committee over how the Liberals funded grants during the 2021 election campaign, with concerns growing over “pork-barrelling” allegations and a lack of transparency.

The government has been under increasing pressure over the allocation of $15 million in taxpayer funds, including $2.47 million covering 111 projects which did not undergo parliamentary scrutiny.

In one example, a Liberal candidate announced a $100,000 grant for a volleyball club he was involved with.

After heated debate in parliament this week — including allegations of ministers misleading parliament — a joint-parliamentary committee will examine the issue.

Treasurer Michael Ferguson and Treasury secretary Tony Farrall will face questioning by the parliamentary accounts committee on Monday.

Nic Street confirmed he “incorrectly answered” questions about the Local Communities Facilities Fund in June.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

Committee chair, independent upper house member Ruth Forrest, said the issue had been “on the radar” since the Integrity Commission released a report in the 2018 election, with concerns over a lack of process and public scrutiny.

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