Another day, another disgraceful misuse of taxpayer funds. From today's Australian:
AN expert panel charged with allocating $47 million in climate research grants handed $10m to a research centre run by one of its members.
Richard Eckard, who has denied any conflict of interest, runs the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, which sought funding for nine projects through the first research round of the federal government's Carbon Farming Futures Initiative. It was successful with eight.
Only 58 out of 230 applications, or 25 per cent, received funding, well below PICCC's 88 per cent success rate.
An international expert in methane and agricultural emissions, Dr Eckard is named lead researcher on one of the successful projects and is a member of the team on four more, attracting $4.2m.
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