Archive for the ‘Multiculturalism’ Category

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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Harmony Day falls a bit flat

Posted: 12:15 pm on 1st April 2014

Remember when WasteWatch uncovered the cost to the Australian taxpayer of Harmony Day 2013‘s colourful stickers and balloons? Well, the magical day has come and gone. In case you missed it, it was on over a week ago. Now that Harmony Day is behind us, it’s worth taking a look at the costs and benefits of the initiative. The Howard Government introduced Harmony Day in 1999 as a way of marking the UN-approved International…

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$1.8 million for Australian Citizenship Day

Posted: 1:38 pm on 26th March 2014

Can you name the date on which we celebrate  Australian Citizenship Day? January 26 perhaps?  April 25 maybe? Actually, Australian Citizenship Day is September 17. Have you heard of it? Wastewatch wouldn’t be surprised if haven’t. You’re definitely paying for it though. Australian Citizenship Day was established by the Howard Government in 2001, and is: a special day to reflect on and celebrate being an Australian citizen. It’s part of a…

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Tackling racism one plate at a time

Posted: 11:06 am on 30th July 2013

In the wake of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided to tackle racial intolerance and the threat of violence in Australia with some good acronyms. The central plank of this all-out assault was the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security, affectionately known as NAPBSCHS. Under this plan, grants were distributed to community organisations that promoted racial tolerance and…

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$93k on stickers and balloons, and $600k on facebook ‘likes’

Posted: 12:07 pm on 9th July 2013

Harmony Day is a day where we all get together to celebrate our cultural differences. While we have no problem with celebrating diversity at work, we hardly think the taxpayer should cough up $93,000 for the privilege. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has completed a tender process for production and supply of Harmony Day 2014 stickers at a cost of $39,171,  as well as spending $53,900 on balloons for the…

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