Posts Tagged ‘Centre for Independent Studies’

Everything is Beautiful

Posted: 7:14 am on 16th April 2015

“Parts of the [earth’s] cultural or national heritage are of outstanding interest,” the drafters of the  1972 World Heritage Convention wrote, “and therefore need to be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole.” Of course, what they had in mind was Canberra’s venerable old Lobby restaurant. For those of you not familiar with the building, it dates from 1970, an age before iPhones and Justin Bieber, so ancient it…

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It’s a wonderful life

Posted: 10:00 am on 14th April 2015

It’s a wonderful life, as

Increasing Interest in Italy

Posted: 9:32 am on 9th April 2015

Remember when WasteWatch brought you news of the Australian Research Council’s interest in Machiavelli’s mates? Well don’t let yourself think that their interest in Italy is simply limited to that. Not at all. See, in reviewing the ARC’s Future Fellowships grants, WasteWatch has come across another inquiry into Italy. $850,784.00 has been granted in pursuit of finding out more about Catherine de Medici through her correspondence, and “promises an exciting new analysis of a…

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Doing a mint job

Posted: 9:21 am on 8th April 2015

 Know your notaphily from your scripophily? Comfortable around exonumists? You would have been a hit at a recent dinner party, then. See, the Royal Australian Mint threw a dinner back at the end of February to celebrate… itself.  More specifically, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The hoi polloi of the numismatic community rubbed shoulders in a shindig so fancy that it was covered by the social pages. Here’s the bad news…

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980 pages of excuses

Posted: 1:58 pm on 31st March 2015

 Anyone who’s ever done renovations knows the feeling. “Why is it not finished yet? You said it would be done two months ago.” The possible reasons are endless: bad weather, the plumber hasn’t finished his bit yet, the  supplier ran out of material, my mate’s girlfriend’s babysitter is getting married, the moon is in  Aries, and so on and so forth. Our Prime Minister’s experience is no different, it seems. Renovations to the Lodge are…

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Some serious retail therapy

Posted: 1:56 pm on 30th March 2015

 Maybe it’s because Anthony Albanese’s been etching his opposition to data retention laws into the backs of all the chairs, just to make sure EVERYBODY knows it. Or maybe it’s because Tony Abbott’s onion breath has finally become too strong. Or maybe it’s just because of all the (policy) back-flips going on. All we know is that something is wearing out the furniture in the House of Representatives quicker than you can…

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Agree to disagree…

Posted: 1:43 am on 25th March 2015

Here at WasteWatch we’ve been trawling through some older grants for projects that are due to finish this year, in order to look out for them over the course of 2015. The ARC’s five year plans have highlighted some curious ways to spend your money. One of particular interest is a $575,000 grant which started in 2011.  The project clarifies the problem it will solve: “Disagreements sometimes seem to be about…

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Taxpayer off the hook after live baiting scandal

Posted: 11:07 am on 24th March 2015

 It was almost a St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within days of the damning Four Corners report into live baiting across the greyhound  industry, aired on 16 February, the entire board of Greyhound Racing NSW was dismissed, and  the entire board of Greyhound Racing Victoria resigned, despite being cleared of wrongdoing  by the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner. The scandal looks set to rock the Australian greyhound industry, but Victorian taxpayers may see…

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The Commonwealth Games frenzy begins

Posted: 10:05 am on 23rd March 2015

 The Gold Coast still has three years before it hosts the Commonwealth Games, but already the  dollars, and the problems, are flowing. It’s estimated that the Games will cost the Queensland taxpayer at least $1.3 billion, but the Queensland Auditor-General has described the preparations as “not at the level of maturity required,” and work is already $77.9 million over budget. It’s not hard to see where all the money is going either….

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The apostrophe’s spectre

Posted: 12:18 pm on 19th March 2015

 A spectre is haunting Australia – the spectre of apostrophes. Or apostrophe’s. We can’t remember. Apostrophes’? That darned little mark has been the bane of many student’s – oops, students’ – lives, and its misuse generates more internet bile than many seemingly more important problems. Recognising all this, policy makers around Australia have done the only sensible thing. They have banded together, and banned it from the public sphere. No…

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