Archive for the ‘Sport’ Category

Freerunning? Or free spending?

Posted: 11:39 am on 24th September 2013

Do you consider yourself a traceur or traceuse? Have you heard of David Belle or Sebastien Foucan? Do you believe that the urban environment needs to be reclaimed by humanity through natural movement? When confronted with a fence or staircase, do you attempt to vault it, rolling away when you land, to absorb the impact of your fall? If you answered ‘no’ to these questions, you are unlikely to be…

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Multiculturalism gone mad

Posted: 6:10 pm on 17th September 2013

Governments enjoy giving your money to sponsor events that have catchy words like ‘social cohesion’, or ‘diversity’, or ‘harmony’ in their title. WasteWatch has already brought you the story of the $50 000 anti-racism plate-painting party, as part of the Federal Government’s ‘Diversity and Social Cohesion Program’. Now it seems the South Australian government wants in on the action. The South Australian government operate a Multicultural Grants Scheme. The scheme…

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Kevin’s $15 million sports fascination

Posted: 9:55 am on 5th September 2013

Kevin Rudd seems to have a fascination with sport this election. Perhaps it is just insecurity. His chin-up routine does need some work, and he has recently copped some flak on the campaign trail for re-enacting former Prime Minister John Howard’s ‘morning constitutional’. However, WasteWatch wonders if insecurity is a good enough reason for the Prime Minister’s decision to spend $15 million of your money on ‘detailed design work’ for…

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Evel Knievel makes an election appearance

Posted: 11:35 am on 4th September 2013

Can you see the similarities between Evel Knievel and Kevin Rudd? No, neither can WasteWatch. But that hasn’t stopped the Rudd Government from giving $166,000 of your money to the Robinvale & District Motorcycle Club, to upgrade their “Arena X Track”. What, you might ask, is an “Arena X Track”? Arena X, or arenacross, is a modified version of supercross. What, you might ask, is supercross? Well, it’s a modified…

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Grandstanding in marginal seats

Posted: 11:00 am on 26th August 2013

It would be odd indeed if the deposition of a Victorian Prime Minister had led to an AFL cartel taking over the Labor Government. But it seems increasingly likely. Recently, the Rudd Government announced an $800,000 fillip to the Aspley Hornets AFL Club. The club is apparently one of the largest AFL clubs in the country, and it desperately needs some new grass and some new stands. It’s also in…

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Golf watch

Posted: 1:26 pm on 14th August 2013

Three months ago, WasteWatch brought you the news that $47 000 of your money was spent at Christmas Island Golf Club. It seems the Federal Government’s golf fascination has grown. According to the Pre-Election Fiscal and Economic Outlook released yesterday, Karratha Country Club in Western Australia is the lucky recipient of $400,000 of your money to help with ‘grassing their greens’. For non-golfers out there, the ‘green’ is that neat…

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DRALGAS helps Collingwood FC redefine ‘philanthropy’

Posted: 1:39 pm on 13th August 2013

Maybe you’re an Aussie Rules fan who hates the Pies; maybe you live outside Victoria and don’t think Aussie Rules even deserves to be called a sport. Either way, you’re paying. Your money is going towards the Collingwood FC, thanks to the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (DRALGAS). Under the government’s Sport & Recreation Facility Commitment 2012, Collingwood have been given an $11 million grant to…

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$7.4 million racing pork barrel

Posted: 9:32 am on 3rd July 2013

Yesterday, Wastewatch posted about the $19 million spent on a race track in Toowoomba – $12 million to lay the artificial turf and another $7 million to rip it up and replace it with the natural stuff. Well there is also proof of taxpayer money being spent on another racetrack in Mackay – $7.4 m for the Ooralea Racecourse, which just happened to reside in the marginal seat of the…

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$19 million for racetrack (Wastetrack?)

Posted: 7:27 pm on 2nd July 2013

Sydneysiders will remember that the Oxford Street Rainbow Crossing, painted on in time for this year’s Mardi Gras festival cost $110,000 to lay down, only to be ripped up just weeks later for another $30,000. In an episode of waste reminiscent of the rainbow crossing debacle, it has been revealed by the commission of enquiry into the Queensland Racing board that the Queensland Government spent $12 million to install a…

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$10k for Yoga at Parliament House: Update

Posted: 12:07 pm on 5th June 2013

WasteWatch launched with revelations that the taxpayers coughed up $10k to pay for yoga classes at Parliament House. This issue was raised during Senate Estimates last week, where the extent of the taxpayer subsidy for the gym at Parliament House was discussed in more detail.  Transcript below: Senator RYAN: That is what I wanted to check. Can I just turn to the contract numbered CN1296431. It is for yoga classes….

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