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$25bn in Coalition grants made through closed process with no competitors, report finds

Auditor general’s review also says about a quarter of development worth more than $600m were delivered in major cities

Almost half of $60.2bn in federal government grants awarded over the past four years has not gone through a competitive open tender process, a new report on federal grant spending has found.

The auditor general has published an “information report” on the $60.2bn worth of government grants awarded under the GrantsConnect program, which is the centralised reporting mechanism administered by the Department of Finance.

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