The Coalition government has announced a new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) which is to receive $35m of taxpayer funding. However, notice of this funding has come directly from Coalition campaign headquarters with Coalition election branding.
Sources claim that this notice for the Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments (SAAFE) CRC was sent to researchers on Friday, May 6. The notice claims that the “Morrison government”, not the federal government, is the body providing the funding.
This information hasn’t yet appeared on any government website, but similar info was announced on Cooperative Research Australia’s site. The media release was branded with CCHQ, standing for Coalition Campaign Headquarters.
This isn’t the first time Coalition parties have been caught branding government funding announcements.
Callum Foote a journalist and Revolving Doors editor for Michael West Media.
Callum has studied the impact of undue corporate influence over Australian policy decisions and the impact this has on popular interests.