Posted: 1:46 pm on 30th April 2013

WasteWatch has found a treasure trove of extravagant spending in the Department of Foreign Affairs grant lists.

One of our favourties is a $31,000 grant to pay for four Japanese scouts and an adult leader to travel to the Queensland Scout Jamboree to establish a ‘pen pals’ program.

While the participants in the program will no doubt love it, we aren’t so sure that this is the best use of public money.   In the digital age, a cheaper way to build a program along these lines is to do it via email or video conferencing.

We found this grant buried in an excel spreadsheet of DFAT grants for 2012-13. You can find a link to this years grant list and previous years’ grants here.

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