Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

Unplayable

Posted: 9:01 am on 20th May 2015

What’s the first thing that would pop into your head if WasteWatch said: “opera”? Pavarotti? Verdi? Shane Warne? See, back in 2008, a marvellous musical based on Shane Warne’s life debuted in Melbourne. It won rave reviews, with numbers like What An S-M-Mess I’m In, Bunny In The Headlights, and The Ball. Of course, Warney’s life (and face) have undergone a few changes since 2008, and an updated version of the musical, complete…

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Taxpayer playtime

Posted: 12:13 pm on 5th May 2015

Last November marked 25 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was first opened for state signature. Australia, along with most of the rest of the world, is now a party to the Convention, which affirms many important rights, like the rights of children not to be tortured, not to be subject to sexual abuse or trafficking, and not to be drafted into military service. Alongside these…

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Increasing Interest in Italy

Posted: 9:32 am on 9th April 2015

Remember when WasteWatch brought you news of the Australian Research Council’s interest in Machiavelli’s mates? Well don’t let yourself think that their interest in Italy is simply limited to that. Not at all. See, in reviewing the ARC’s Future Fellowships grants, WasteWatch has come across another inquiry into Italy. $850,784.00 has been granted in pursuit of finding out more about Catherine de Medici through her correspondence, and “promises an exciting new analysis of a…

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Agree to disagree…

Posted: 1:43 am on 25th March 2015

Here at WasteWatch we’ve been trawling through some older grants for projects that are due to finish this year, in order to look out for them over the course of 2015. The ARC’s five year plans have highlighted some curious ways to spend your money. One of particular interest is a $575,000 grant which started in 2011.  The project clarifies the problem it will solve: “Disagreements sometimes seem to be about…

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Dreaming of a Grant

Posted: 10:47 am on 6th March 2015

We bring you news of the Future Fellowships scheme. It claims to support research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. With this in mind, here’s a five year grant from 2014 that has been awarded $843,142.00. Wowzer! It really must be critically and nationally important to warrant nearly one million dollars worth of funding. What could it be? Well…WasteWatch is…

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A lot of hot air

Posted: 10:11 am on 2nd March 2015

According to a recent article in the Australian Financial Review, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, and Screen West, and you too, are contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to an anti-fracking documentary called Frackman. The documentary tracks Queensland resident, “pig shooter and accidental activist” Dayne Pratzsky on his escapades, including trespassing on private land, and getting arrested at anti-fracking protests. So far, Screen Australia has invested $200,000 of your money in the film,…

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Ay, caramba!

Posted: 10:40 am on 10th February 2015

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade naturally works to promote Australia, and rightly so. But it seems to come at quite a cost. Browsing through their awarded grants of 2012/13 exposed that $40,000 was gifted to Grainger TV in accordance with the Council on Australia-Latin American Relations (COALAR). Whatever for? “The dubbing of four episodes of Travel Oz in Spanish and Portuguese for showing on cable TV in Latin…

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Sky-high grant for Mary Poppins statue

Posted: 9:13 am on 5th February 2015

How many spoonfuls of sugar will it take to help this news go down? Just before its abolition after the 2013 federal election, the Department of Energy, Resources and Tourism snuck out a few more grants. As part of its Tourism Quality Projects program, the Department handed a casual $26,400 of your money to the Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council to facilitate the building of a very important statue in the…

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The ARC’s curious interest in China

Posted: 10:16 am on 30th January 2015

Remember the recent $183,000 of your money the Australian Research Council gave to one lucky academic to study China’s rural migrant workers, in order to “demonstrate unequivocally that love and romance are far from ‘trivial’ for these individuals”? It seems the ARC has long had a curious interest in our great northern neighbour. However, two projects from back in 2009 indicate that the ARC may not have taken its responsibility to…

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Spender in the Grass

Posted: 9:00 am on 9th July 2014

Do you know what a Pnau is? Do you think Chet Faker is a misspelling? Thought you learnt everything worth knowing about British Sea Power in your high school history classes? Chances are, then, you’ve never been to the Splendour in the Grass music festival. Chances are, you probably haven’t even heard of it. But you’ve paid for it. See, the festival was set up by two music companies in…

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