Why are we funding any Muslim organisation at all? These people take us for fools. They are correct.
STATE government funding to the Lebanese Muslim Association to prevent violent extremism was cut off after the charity’s program failed strict compliance and financial reporting requirements.
The LMA won a $750,000 grant under Multicultural NSW’s Compact program to educate young Australian Muslims.
The Lakemba-based charity was paid the first tranche of the funding to get the program started but last financial year, after the department audited the effectiveness of the program, the remaining $376,000 was shelved.
The Daily Telegraph yesterday revealed the LMA received $4.56 million in government grants and welfare income in 2016 but spent less than half of that on community support and welfare programs.
LMA failed to declare its President Samier Dandan was the owner of a company which received $1 million in LMA funds. Picture: John Grainger
It also failed to declare its President Samier Dandan was the owner of a company which received $1 million in LMA funds. Mr Dandan denied the funds were sourced from government grant money and said the money has been paid back to the LMA.