Archive for the ‘Grants’ Category

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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Friendly Feelings

Posted: 12:01 pm on 4th March 2015

I know at WasteWatch we go on about the ARC grants but they keep giving.  Now we love it when people get along, but a $179, 700 tax-payer funded investigation into being friendly is pushing it. Especially when the friends being investigated died 500 years ago and are from the Apennine peninsula. The grant gave one lucky researcher the chance to examine “concord among humanists, philosophers, theologians, poets and political writers during…

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Nasty Neighbours

Posted: 8:17 am on 23rd February 2015

It seems that friendliness and empathy are the à la mode topics at the Australian Reseach Council for 2015. Never one to be partisan though, the ARC obviously feel that in light of their forage into renaissance Italian mates and a quest for compassion, the scales of Lady Justice were balanced unevenly in favour of good vibes. To remedy this, they’ve granted $182,600 to learn about the negative aspects of being…

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Gluten-free at the ARC

Posted: 1:00 pm on 17th February 2015

The Australian Research Council’s obsession with China just keeps boomeranging back to us here at WasteWatch. There was the $183,000 spent researching the rural workers of China, a $133,514 grant to study Chinese prostitution, and who could forget $246,000 to gain greater insight into Chinese celebrity? Well, not wanting to buck the trend, the ARC have continued their intrepid exploration into all things Chinese, this time in the name of…

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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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Sporty pork in Victoria

Posted: 4:34 pm on 28th May 2014

The Napthine government is in a spot of bother down in Victoria. Since the resignation of Geoff Shaw, they are a minority government in a deteriorating position in the opinion polls, and they are staring down the barrel of an election in November this year. Luckily, they have at least one trusted weapon up their sleeve in the coming months: sports-themed pork-barrelling. WasteWatch spent much of the 2013 federal election…

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The age of entitlement

Posted: 10:00 am on 16th April 2014

The federal budget is due in about a month. Almost unable to contain its excitement, WasteWatch has decided to dedicate a post to a few of those brave funding programs that will no longer be with us on that second Tuesday in May. Chief among them are the T-QUAL Tourism Quality Projects program and the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program. Some great projects have been funded through these…

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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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DFAT and puppies

Posted: 10:00 am on 12th November 2013

When you think of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, do you imagine your tax dollars are going towards intense negotiation sessions over the latest free trade agreement? Or towards consular staff working round the clock to help Australian gappies find medical care for their latest tubing injuries? Or towards desks and desks and desks of public servants in Canberra poring over secret satellite images of North Korea and…

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