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Major Australian retailer distances itself from Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The saga over the Great Barrier Reef foundation continues with Wesfarmers now removing itself as a member of the foundation.

Wesfarmers boss Rob Scott has pulled the pin and scratched his name from the foundation’s “chairman’s panel,” the arm dedicated to engaging corporate partners and promoting private donations.

While the exact reasons behind Wesfarmers’ move is not yet clear, Labor Senator Kristina Keneally believes secretiveness of the handout has “real potential to drive the corporate sector away from the foundation.”

“I kinda feel sorry for the foundation here.

“This isn’t so much a question of their capability, it’s a question of their capacity… can they really handle half a billion dollars of public money with six employees?” Ms Keneally tells Ben Fordham.

The Labor Senator goes on to question the methods behind the deal.

“I’ve also not heard any actual explanation from Malcolm Turnbull or Josh Frydenberg on how the idea that half a billion dollars helps you leverage other donations…

“It just doesn’t really make a lot of sense.”

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