Archive for the ‘Sport’ Category

The grommets are taking over

Posted: 1:13 pm on 26th May 2015

The grommets are taking over! WasteWatch recently brought to your attention the support given to the ‘emerging Australia-China surfing industry’ by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It turns out that China isn’t the only country in the sights of DFAT’s new gnarly public servants. The department has recently spent even more of your money – $29,000, in fact – on Peruvian surfers. Thanks to this grant, two young, disadvantaged…

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Unplayable

Posted: 9:01 am on 20th May 2015

What’s the first thing that would pop into your head if WasteWatch said: “opera”? Pavarotti? Verdi? Shane Warne? See, back in 2008, a marvellous musical based on Shane Warne’s life debuted in Melbourne. It won rave reviews, with numbers like What An S-M-Mess I’m In, Bunny In The Headlights, and The Ball. Of course, Warney’s life (and face) have undergone a few changes since 2008, and an updated version of the musical, complete…

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Grommets at DFAT

Posted: 9:01 am on 19th May 2015

We all know Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a keen surfer. Less well-known is the fact that Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, must also be a fan. WasteWatch can’t think of any other explanation for the $16,500 of your money that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has given to a Gold Coast surfing industry group for ‘strategies for developing global alliances in the emerging Australia-China surfing industry’. WasteWatch didn’t even…

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Taxpayer off the hook after live baiting scandal

Posted: 11:07 am on 24th March 2015

 It was almost a St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within days of the damning Four Corners report into live baiting across the greyhound  industry, aired on 16 February, the entire board of Greyhound Racing NSW was dismissed, and  the entire board of Greyhound Racing Victoria resigned, despite being cleared of wrongdoing  by the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner. The scandal looks set to rock the Australian greyhound industry, but Victorian taxpayers may see…

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The Commonwealth Games frenzy begins

Posted: 10:05 am on 23rd March 2015

 The Gold Coast still has three years before it hosts the Commonwealth Games, but already the  dollars, and the problems, are flowing. It’s estimated that the Games will cost the Queensland taxpayer at least $1.3 billion, but the Queensland Auditor-General has described the preparations as “not at the level of maturity required,” and work is already $77.9 million over budget. It’s not hard to see where all the money is going either….

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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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A pool of money

Posted: 10:37 am on 24th March 2014

Kevin-747 certainly did have a taste for spending taxpayer money on sport in Australia. Remember the $166,000 on the arenacross track down in Victoria? Or the $800,000 to an AFL club in north Brisbane? Or the whopping $15 million for a new Townsville stadium? So it was no surprise when the Rudd Government committed another $7.5 million of taxpayer money to build an aquatic centre in the Fleurieu Peninsula in…

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The party’s over

Posted: 12:51 pm on 4th March 2014

So the party’s over, it’s time to call it a day, and, as Nat King Cole sang, now the piper must be paid. Or is that the halfpiper? Australia’s Winter Olympic team are headed home, having won three medals — congratulations Torah Bright, David Morris, and Lydia Lassila — and now WasteWatch can turn its attention to the cost of the fun. According to the Daily Telegraph, #teamoutcast and their…

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New AIS logo costs $500,000

Posted: 10:19 am on 11th February 2014

Government expenditure on Australian sport is a familiar demon for WasteWatch. This latest example of sports waste almost outdoes all the others though. It turns out the Australian Institute of Sport has spent half a million dollars of taxpayer money on five little squiggly lines. Don’t worry though, because these five little squiggly lines constitute the “dynamic” new logo of the AIS, and, according to Australian Sports Commission head Simon…

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$110 million spent against Treasury advice

Posted: 5:28 pm on 1st October 2013

Months ago, WasteWatch brought you news of two Queensland racetracks, one in Toowoomba, one in Mackay, which cost the Queensland taxpayer  over $25 million. The racetrack at Toowoomba was one of 37 projects awarded by Racing Queensland Ltd between 2007 and 2012 without a public tender process. The ‘drought-proof’ synthetic surface, laid down at a cost of $12 million, later had to be ripped up, at a cost of $7…

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