Archive for the ‘Corporate Welfare’ Category

$4 million in budget for Vodafone call centre

Posted: 4:53 pm on 15th May 2013

This years budget also has a splash of corporate welfare for the Tasmanian electorate of Kingston. Taxpayers are forking out $4 million to expand, of all things, a call centre run by the Vodafone Hutchinson Australia company. Tasmania’s reputation as the beggar state of Australia is not without foundation, and this largesse enhances that reputation (to see just how bad the situation is, check out this article by Andrew Baker…

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$20m for computer games in Budget

Posted: 4:00 pm on 15th May 2013

In terms of annual revenue the computer game industry surpassed the film industry many years ago, but despite the extraordinary sums of money available to the savvy entrepreneur, the government has decided to step in and ‘help’. The 2013-14 Budget contains $20m over three years to establish the Australian Interactive Games Fund to ‘help support the development of the interactive video games industry in Australia’. Just think, the next time…

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$2.4m in corporate welfare for the wine industry

Posted: 10:32 am on 6th May 2013

If in a few years a glass of Australian wine tastes better than it does now, you will know who to thank: the Australian taxpayer. The government has announced $2.4 million to establish a ‘Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production’ at the University of Adelaide to help wine producers ‘tap into new markets like Asia’s growing middle class‘. If the benefits of China’s growing middle class and its appetite for…

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