Posted: 4:34 pm on 28th May 2014

Golfer Waiting to Tee offThe Napthine government is in a spot of bother down in Victoria.

Since the resignation of Geoff Shaw, they are a minority government in a deteriorating position in the opinion polls, and they are staring down the barrel of an election in November this year.

Luckily, they have at least one trusted weapon up their sleeve in the coming months: sports-themed pork-barrelling.

WasteWatch spent much of the 2013 federal election campaign tracking sports-themed pork-barrelling promises, and this post promises to be the first in our new Victorian segment.

See, the government has just committed $121,000 of taxpayer money to two sports clubs for various upgrades.

WasteWatch is sure that it’s only coincidence that the two clubs happen to be located in the seat of Buninyong.

It’s probably also only coincidence that, in the wake of the Victorian Electoral Boundaries Commission’s decision to redraw the electoral map, this new seat of Buninyong is very marginal, being notionally a Labor-held seat by a margin of only 1.6%.

Actually, now that we think about it, we’re absolutely convinced that it’s an excellent use of taxpayer money, and that it’s got nothing to do with the precarious electoral position of the government.

Don’t you agree?

William Shrubb, Research Assistant

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