Posted: 9:08 am on 1st May 2015

champagneAh, we love the smell of corporate welfare in the morning!

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill lost no time setting up the Regional Development Fund after his election victory last year, pledging $15 million worth of grants each year, in a bid to improve the quality of booze at government parties… ah, “increase economic growth and productivity for regional South Australia,” we mean. Our apologies.

It’s easy to get the two confused sometimes, though.

See, Pernod Ricard Winemakers have just become the lucky recipients of $1.1 million of taxpayer money through the RDF, “to assist with the construction of a cellar door complex.”

Now, WasteWatch is sure that Pernod Ricard is just a little family-owned business that’s in a tight spot, and this teenie tiny, incy wincy, little bit of help from the South Australian taxpayer will just help them out of a jam, and that’ll be the end of it.

After all, it’s not like it’s the same Pernod Ricard as the multinational drinks company that owns, amongst other things, Absolut vodka, Chivas Regal scotch, Glenlivet scotch, Jacob’s Creek wine, Wyndham Estate wine, Havana Club rum, Jameson Irish whiskey, Beefeater gin, Kahlua liquer, Mumm champagne, had a turnover of more than €7.5 billion in 2011, and is certainly more than capable of paying for its own ‘cellar door complex.’

Oh wait.

Yes, actually it is the same Pernod Ricard. Our apologies again.

Enjoy the ‘cellar door complex’, South Australia! We’re absolutely, positively sure it’s the last corporate welfare you’ll have to pay for, for a long time.

Just joking.

William Shrubb

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