The Australian National Audit Office has commenced an audit into the administration of a community safety grant scheme by Peter Dutton and the awarding of discretionary grants from the proceeds of crime.
- In February, 7.30 revealed Peter Dutton overruled his department’s recommendations on grant funding for the Safer Communities program
- The funding guidelines state the minister can override the department’s merit-based assessments
- Auditor-General Grant Hehir says the audit will examine whether appropriate guidelines were in place
In a letter to Shadow Home Affairs Minister Kristina Keneally, Auditor-General Grant Hehir said he had commenced the audit to examine whether the awarding of grants under the Safer Communities Fund…