More evidence of Barnaby Joyces chaotic and pork-barrelling approach to the management of his portfolio emerged in Senate Estimates today.
The Governments discredited agriculture White Paper allocated $13.8 million to the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) to develop training programs to help farmers form cooperatives.
Around $200,000 was released to RIRDC to produce a scoping study for the work ahead.
Apparently not satisfied with the results, in October last year the Minister appointed Page MP Kevin Hogan to undertake the same task.
Officials confirmed that following Kevin Hogans report there had been a deviation from the White Paper proposal, and refused to deny that the $13.8 million would be spent in Page.
The Department refused to table Kevin Hogans option paper.
TUESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY 2016