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Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Stephen Oxley, the first assistant secretary in the department’s heritage, reef and marine division, told a hearing on Monday afternoon the government had announced “its intention to enter into this partnership” and was now determining whether it could be established. … [Read more...] about No tender process for $444m Great Barrier Reef grant, Senate hearing told