Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

$451k to have a few beers

Posted: 9:16 am on 21st October 2013

A few weeks ago, WasteWatch went through a few weird and wonderful ARC grants. For example, you may remember one of them was a ‘naturalistic’ driving study, “a revolutionary new approach [that] will investigate what people actually do when they drive.” Now it seems the Federal Government has hit on another winner. Although not an ARC program, the Government recently gave $451 000 of your money to a market research…

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Get paid to walk in Boroondara!

Posted: 4:11 pm on 9th October 2013

Recently, WasteWatch brought you the news of the Federal Government funding yet another obesity report at a cost of $80 000 to the Australian taxpayer. Now it seems government has decided to do something about the problem. And no prizes for guessing what that response involves: throwing more money at the issue! Back in 2012, Boroondara Council in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs received $375 000 from the Australian taxpayer as part…

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$80 000 for yet another obesity report

Posted: 10:06 am on 8th October 2013

How many reports do you need to tell you the same thing before you believe it? If you’re the Federal Government, the answer is: just one more, I promise. The growing importance of obesity and inactivity as a health issue in Australia is well-known. According to an Australian Medicines Industry report, 18% of Australians were concerned about their partner leading a sedentary lifestyle. 17% were concerned about their partner being…

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Government funding addicts’ memoirs

Posted: 9:23 am on 4th October 2013

In FY 2011-2012, the NSW Health Department spent about $10.5 million funding drug-related NGOs. They also spent $10.3 million on advertising, some of which must have gone towards their “Cannabis can leave you permanently out of it” campaign, or their “Don’t Let Drugs Use You” campaign. Earlier this year, Minister Jillian Skinner opened the state’s third dedicated Drug Court. Suffice to say, the NSW Health Department is working very hard…

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$60k spent on preventative health magnets

Posted: 10:09 am on 19th June 2013

The Department of Health and Ageing has spent over $60,000 of your money on fridge magnets as part of its ‘Eat for Health’ campaign. The ‘Eat for Health’ campaign provides ‘advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing’. At WasteWatch we appreciate the importance of eating well but nothing bugs us more than the nanny state spending our money telling us…

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$163k taxpayer funded public servant exercise program

Posted: 10:22 am on 2nd May 2013

If you wanted to get in shape, what would you do? Or better yet, what should the government do? The majority of Australians would take responsibility for their own health and to stay in shape.  They might start jogging a few times a week or cycle to work each day. However for NSW Railcorp staff its a different story… WasteWatch has found a government tender worth $163,900 to allow around…

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$10k for yoga at Parliament House

Posted: 1:25 pm on 22nd April 2013

Life as pollie would be stressful. Between wrestling with a budget that won’t balance, managing a twitter profile, kissing babies and cutting ribbons, it can all become a bit much at times. It might seem only fair for Australian taxpayers to chip in and help ease the burdens felt by our poor politicians. So to help our stressed MPs, their staff and other public servants on Capital Hill, the government…

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