Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

Canberra gamers

Posted: 9:00 am on 1st May 2014

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has just spent $10,000 of your money “finalising” a mobile phone game app called “Run the River.” Gamers must try to manage the waterflow of the Murray-Darling system, taking into account all the competing demands of different stakeholders. According to Simon Birmingham, Liberal Senator from South Australia and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, the game “very much reflects the challenges we face in the Murray-Darling…

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Getting arty

Posted: 12:00 pm on 29th April 2014

The arts are a familiar hunting-ground for WasteWatch. We have already covered some of the more curious projects from the ACT, Western Australia, and at the federal level. Now it’s NSW’s turn. The lucky recipients of NSW’s 2013-14 Arts Funding Program were announced last October, but WasteWatch hasn’t had the chance to look through them until now. Golly, there are some crackers. How about $23,345 for the “creative development of…

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Some gems from the Australian Council for the Arts

Posted: 11:43 am on 3rd February 2014

Laughing at the arts is always easy here at WasteWatch. For every Jasper Jones, there’s a novel about a family negotiating life in WA under a two-speed economy. For every Cloudstreet, there’s a cinematic re-enactment of Malcolm Le Grice’s modernist madness. Flicking through the list of grants provided by the Australian Council for the Arts recently, WasteWatch came across some more gems. On November 13 last year, for example, the…

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1980s fashion, Round Two

Posted: 10:52 am on 10th December 2013

If you, dear reader, were going to celebrate this year’s anniversary of the opening of the new Parliament House  building on May 9th, 1988, how would you do it? Throw a street party for your neighbours? Crank up Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’  “I’ve had the Time of my Life”, which spent six weeks at Number 1 in 1988, and dance like you just don’t care? Ignore it, because May…

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Would you like a grant with your popcorn?

Posted: 10:45 am on 28th November 2013

The former head of News Ltd and inaugural chairman of Screen Australia’s predecessor, the Film Finance Corporation Australia, Kim Williams, has decided it’s time for the Australian film and TV industry to stand on its own two feet. Over the course of its existence, Mr Williams’ Film Finance Corporation gave more than $2.5 billion of your money to the film and TV industry, but Mr Williams thinks its time for…

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Artistic flowering in Western Australia

Posted: 11:11 am on 13th November 2013

Last month, WasteWatch gave you a sneak preview of our capital’s art scene, and the ways it was managing to spend your money. This month, it’s Western Australia’s turn. In February, the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts released a new list of successful applicants for funding from the Arts Development Panel. It’s got some absolute crackers on there. A personal favourite is the $13,493 to one lucky…

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Senator Brandis and his library

Posted: 4:06 pm on 2nd October 2013

Senator George Brandis has come under fire in recent days for his use of his ‘publications entitlement’. In particular, The Australian newspaper ran a piece detailing the $13 000 of taxpayer money Senator Brandis spent on his library over the last four years, and listed all the books he had bought. Were these purchases a misuse of the entitlement? According to the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990, parliamentarians have around $5000…

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$34k art money-go-round

Posted: 10:51 am on 6th August 2013

Art, it seems, is a state-dependent enterprise – government funds the creation of art and then justifies its stupid spending by spending more money on it to gild public service offices. The federal Office of Parliamentary Counsel has spent $11,385 on a year-long lease of artwork for their offices, while the Attorney-General’s Department has spent almost double that amount – $22,440. This is a photo of the interior of the…

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$6 million for mobile phone games

Posted: 10:03 am on 29th July 2013

Are you a fan of playing Angry Birds, or Candy Crush Saga, or Words With Friends on your mobile phone on the way to work? Now you have friends in high places. Tony Burke, our new Immigration Minister, and Minister for the Arts, surely enjoys a similar relaxation from the trials and tribulations of being a pollie. However, the Minister must be getting bored with his current games selection, because…

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Millions more to film ‘The Sea Hawk’ in Queensland

Posted: 10:21 am on 25th June 2013

Last month, WasteWatch reported that Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby had been subsidized to the tune of $80 million from the NSW government. It turns out that the Queensland government has outlined millions of dollars of incentives to lure Beacon Pictures to shoot their new film starring Hugh Jackman, The Sea Hawk, in Queensland. The government rationale for such funding is the prospect of job opportunities. But as CIS Policy…

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