Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Some gems from the Australian Council for the Arts

Posted: 11:43 am on 3rd February 2014

Laughing at the arts is always easy here at WasteWatch. For every Jasper Jones, there’s a novel about a family negotiating life in WA under a two-speed economy. For every Cloudstreet, there’s a cinematic re-enactment of Malcolm Le Grice’s modernist madness. Flicking through the list of grants provided by the Australian Council for the Arts recently, WasteWatch came across some more gems. On November 13 last year, for example, the…

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CIS Podcast ep 23 – week ending 4 October 2013

Posted: 8:20 am on 8th October 2013

Episode 23 – produced for the week ending 4 October 2013   Topics Government shutdown in the United States, and Holden seeking another taxpayer bailout, with Robert Carling, Ben Herscovitch and Will Shrubb, produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS fiscal policy expert Robert Carling to talk about the government shutdown in the US, Ben Herscovitch for another…

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$34k art money-go-round

Posted: 10:51 am on 6th August 2013

Art, it seems, is a state-dependent enterprise – government funds the creation of art and then justifies its stupid spending by spending more money on it to gild public service offices. The federal Office of Parliamentary Counsel has spent $11,385 on a year-long lease of artwork for their offices, while the Attorney-General’s Department has spent almost double that amount – $22,440. This is a photo of the interior of the…

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$6 million for mobile phone games

Posted: 10:03 am on 29th July 2013

Are you a fan of playing Angry Birds, or Candy Crush Saga, or Words With Friends on your mobile phone on the way to work? Now you have friends in high places. Tony Burke, our new Immigration Minister, and Minister for the Arts, surely enjoys a similar relaxation from the trials and tribulations of being a pollie. However, the Minister must be getting bored with his current games selection, because…

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CIS Podcast ep 13 – week ending 19 July 2013

Posted: 11:37 am on 19th July 2013

Episode 13 – produced for the week ending 19th of July 2013   Topics The NBN – broadbanded scapegoats Fringe Benefits Tax – compliance and cars TARGET30 visits Perth with Andrew Baker and Jeremy Sammut   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by podcast regulars Jeremy Sammut and Andrew Baker Topics Is Mike Quigley being made a scapegoat for the NBN – we discuss…

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Turning taxpayer dollars into ‘art’

Posted: 10:18 am on 27th May 2013

Just when you thought taxpayer art couldn’t get any worse something like this comes along: Difficult territory is a cornerstone of the visual arts – so artist Mikala Dwyer knew it would be confronting last night when she invited Balletlab dancers to empty their bowels as part of a performance at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. The two-hour act saw the six dancers, masked but naked beneath sheer garments,…

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$115k for ‘Snuff Puppets’

Posted: 2:04 pm on 7th May 2013

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has expanded its role to funding the arts sector. It appears DFAT is no longer content with focusing on its core issues like international trade and business. WasteWatch recently dug up a treasure trove of DFAT grants to send Australian artists overseas. Snuff Puppets, a group who create puppet shows using oversized and absurd puppets, rode the DFAT Grant gravy train in 2012…

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