Archive for the ‘Tourism’ Category

The ‘selfie’ plague

Posted: 5:20 pm on 12th May 2015

They used to be called self-portraits. Rembrandt did one. So did Van Gogh. And then, unfortunately, the smartphone generation caught on. The ‘selfie‘ craze – where a smartphone holder contorts themselves suddenly in the middle of a footpath, or at a restaurant, or during a pretty sunset, to pout at their screen – is the reason that all contemporary photos look like iterations of Sir William Beechey‘s famous portrait of Horatio Nelson: only…

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Increasing Interest in Italy

Posted: 9:32 am on 9th April 2015

Remember when WasteWatch brought you news of the Australian Research Council’s interest in Machiavelli’s mates? Well don’t let yourself think that their interest in Italy is simply limited to that. Not at all. See, in reviewing the ARC’s Future Fellowships grants, WasteWatch has come across another inquiry into Italy. $850,784.00 has been granted in pursuit of finding out more about Catherine de Medici through her correspondence, and “promises an exciting new analysis of a…

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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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Australia’s most pressing infrastructure problem?

Posted: 1:31 pm on 21st August 2013

Surely it’s one of Australia’s most pressing infrastructure problems. Facing a budget black hole, with the 2012-13 deficit projected to be somewhere in the vicinity of $25 billion, and the 2013-24 deficit is projected to be around $20 billion, Australians could be forgiven for thinking the election would be a bit light on pork barrel promises. But they would be wrong. Amongst the various infrastructure promises made so far in…

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$250k for ‘Sheepskin Tourist Centre’

Posted: 11:41 am on 26th June 2013

The Hunter Valley is synonymous with rolling hills and quality Aussie wine. But now, thanks to the help of the federal government, it will also be known as the ‘sheepskin boot capital of Australia.’ A federal tourism grant of $250,000 was awarded to the establishment of a $2 million sheepskin factory tourist centre in Thornton, part of the greater Hunter region. The ABC reported that: The Mortels Sheepskin Tourist Centre…

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