Posted: 11:48 am on 17th July 2013

We keep hearing how our children are getting fatter and fatter. Well, it turns out the government has a great new sport and recreation program to get our children fit and healthy again. Our latest instalment of mindless government waste is the funding of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus for young people.

According to their website,

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is Australia’s world famous circus for young people. We are renowned as both a national centre of training excellence and an award-winning performing arts company, with a full-time training course, dedicated selective school and state-of-the-art facilities, catering for young people aged 8 to 18.

The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (DRALGAS) funds Flying Fruit Fly in order to support “the elite level circus education of primary and secondary school-age children”. One wonders why children are in need of elite level circus education, and a full-time one at that.

But here’s the real circus: DRALGAS is funding Flying Fruit Fly to the tune of $2.9 million while the NSW Department of Trade, Investment and Arts provides an additional $110,000, bringing the total amount spent on a circus to a nice, round $3 million.

The website for Flying Fruit Fly also proudly states:

Many of our graduating artists go on to join leading circus and performing arts companies, including Circus Oz, Cirque du Soleil, Circa and many others.

Why are taxpayers essentially paying for the training of performers of professional circus troupes? Sounds like corporate welfare to us.

CIS Podcast ep 14 – week ending 26 July 2013 | CIS Waste Watch says:

[…] This week’s WasteWatch post discusses a government run circus education program. […]

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