Posts Tagged ‘corporate welfare’

SA helps teeny tiny multinational company

Posted: 9:08 am on 1st May 2015

Ah, 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…

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The age of entitlement

Posted: 10:00 am on 16th April 2014

The federal budget is due in about a month. Almost unable to contain its excitement, WasteWatch has decided to dedicate a post to a few of those brave funding programs that will no longer be with us on that second Tuesday in May. Chief among them are the T-QUAL Tourism Quality Projects program and the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program. Some great projects have been funded through these…

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$3.5 million for seafood processor

Posted: 8:54 am on 12th February 2014

Corporate welfare is a fishy business in Australia. A couple of weeks ago the Coalition government turned down SPC Ardmona’s request for $25 million of taxpayer money to ‘retool’ their plant. But just days later it approved a grant of $3.5 million of taxpayer money for Tasmanian seafood processor Huon Aquaculture. Not wanting to be left behind the Tasmanian government has also chipped in an extra $1.5 million of their…

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Corporate welfare is alive and well

Posted: 1:56 pm on 10th February 2014

Remember last year when Tony Abbott decided to sweeten the tone of federal politics by investing $16 million in Cadbury’s Tasmanian operations? It turns out the Tasmanian government is anxious not to be left behind when it comes to corporate welfare. But Lara Giddings and her cabinet appear to have slightly different tastes from Mr Abbott. The Tasmanian government has recently decided to spend $100,000 of taxpayer money on advertising…

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CIS Podcast ep 27 – week ending 8 November 2013

Posted: 3:15 pm on 8th November 2013

Episode 27 – produced for the week ending 8 November 2013   Topics Chiselling away at God What to do about the car industry Australian spy games With Nick Cater and Trisha Jha, produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by author and CIS adjunct scholar Nick Cater to talk about a recent column of his and Trisha Jha looks at…

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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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CIS Podcast ep 17 – week ending 16 August 2013

Posted: 7:32 pm on 16th August 2013

Episode 17 – produced for the week ending 16th of August 2013   Topics A special economic zone in Northern Australia Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook Egypt – autocracy, democracy and Islam with Trisha Jha and Ben Herscovitch   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS foreign policy expert Ben Herscovitch (in person!) to talk foreign policy, and Trisha Jha puts the election…

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Golf watch

Posted: 1:26 pm on 14th August 2013

Three months ago, WasteWatch brought you the news that $47 000 of your money was spent at Christmas Island Golf Club. It seems the Federal Government’s golf fascination has grown. According to the Pre-Election Fiscal and Economic Outlook released yesterday, Karratha Country Club in Western Australia is the lucky recipient of $400,000 of your money to help with ‘grassing their greens’. For non-golfers out there, the ‘green’ is that neat…

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CIS Podcast ep 16 – week ending 9 August 2013

Posted: 5:12 pm on 8th August 2013

Episode 16 – produced for the week ending 9th of August 2013   Topics Tax reform – smaller government means less taxation Week 1 of The Australian election in context with Robert Carling and Jeremy Sammut     Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS taxation expert Robert Carling to talk about his latest report, and Jeremy Sammut puts the election into context. Topics…

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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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