Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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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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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Higher education advertising campaign doubles in cost

Posted: 10:27 am on 28th January 2015

Government advertising costs have always been one of WasteWatch’s bugbears. Finally,  it seems we’re not alone! Last week Fairfax Media broke the news that the federal government’s higher education advertising campaign is set to cost taxpayers twice as much as previous estimates: “The total budget for the campaign was revealed by Auditor-General Ian McPhee following complaints by independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Labor’s higher education spokesman, Kim Carr. The Department of…

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$1.5 million for yoghurt studies

Posted: 9:42 am on 11th September 2013

Here at WasteWatch, we’ve already spoken about the government’s $1.5 million commitment to help highly educated inner city hipsters learn how to grow vegetables. Now it seems they want to teach young children where yoghurt comes from. Citing a study by the Australian Council for Educational Research and the Primary Industries Education Foundation, the government fears that today’s kids don’t know enough about their food. The study claimed that 27…

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$23k for carbon-neutral sticky notepads

Posted: 3:37 pm on 26th July 2013

As part of the Government’s Cyber Safety campaign, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has started a new campaign to teach kids and parents how to use the internet safely. The campaign is called Cybersmart, Designed to support and encourage participation in the digital economy by providing information and education which empowers children to be safe online. I’m sure many parents haven’t even heard of the campaign Cybersmart, let…

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