Posts Tagged ‘DFAT’

The grommets are taking over

Posted: 1:13 pm on 26th May 2015

The grommets are taking over! WasteWatch recently brought to your attention the support given to the ‘emerging Australia-China surfing industry’ by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It turns out that China isn’t the only country in the sights of DFAT’s new gnarly public servants. The department has recently spent even more of your money – $29,000, in fact – on Peruvian surfers. Thanks to this grant, two young, disadvantaged…

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Unplayable

Posted: 9:01 am on 20th May 2015

What’s the first thing that would pop into your head if WasteWatch said: “opera”? Pavarotti? Verdi? Shane Warne? See, back in 2008, a marvellous musical based on Shane Warne’s life debuted in Melbourne. It won rave reviews, with numbers like What An S-M-Mess I’m In, Bunny In The Headlights, and The Ball. Of course, Warney’s life (and face) have undergone a few changes since 2008, and an updated version of the musical, complete…

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Grommets at DFAT

Posted: 9:01 am on 19th May 2015

We all know Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a keen surfer. Less well-known is the fact that Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, must also be a fan. WasteWatch can’t think of any other explanation for the $16,500 of your money that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has given to a Gold Coast surfing industry group for ‘strategies for developing global alliances in the emerging Australia-China surfing industry’. WasteWatch didn’t even…

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Puppy diplomacy

Posted: 5:21 pm on 13th May 2015

Remember when WasteWatch discovered that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had given $16,500 of your money to Guide Dogs Queensland, so that they could provide 10 Labrador Retriever puppies for Japan? “DFAT: promoting Australia’s interests, one untrained Labrador puppy at a time,” we said then. We thought perhaps there were better ways of fostering ties between Australia and Japan. Unluckily, DFAT didn’t agree, and this year, Guide Dogs Queensland is back. And…

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The ‘selfie’ plague

Posted: 5:20 pm on 12th May 2015

They used to be called self-portraits. Rembrandt did one. So did Van Gogh. And then, unfortunately, the smartphone generation caught on. The ‘selfie‘ craze – where a smartphone holder contorts themselves suddenly in the middle of a footpath, or at a restaurant, or during a pretty sunset, to pout at their screen – is the reason that all contemporary photos look like iterations of Sir William Beechey‘s famous portrait of Horatio Nelson: only…

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Ay, caramba!

Posted: 10:40 am on 10th February 2015

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade naturally works to promote Australia, and rightly so. But it seems to come at quite a cost. Browsing through their awarded grants of 2012/13 exposed that $40,000 was gifted to Grainger TV in accordance with the Council on Australia-Latin American Relations (COALAR). Whatever for? “The dubbing of four episodes of Travel Oz in Spanish and Portuguese for showing on cable TV in Latin…

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DFAT and puppies

Posted: 10:00 am on 12th November 2013

When you think of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, do you imagine your tax dollars are going towards intense negotiation sessions over the latest free trade agreement? Or towards consular staff working round the clock to help Australian gappies find medical care for their latest tubing injuries? Or towards desks and desks and desks of public servants in Canberra poring over secret satellite images of North Korea and…

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CIS Podcast ep 8 – week ending 14 June 2013

Posted: 5:48 pm on 13th June 2013

Episode 8 – produced for the week ending 14th of June 2013   Topics Immigration policy and asylum seekers High level talks in America between China and the US with Jeremy Sammut and Ben Herscovitch     Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by regular panellist, social policy researcher Jeremy Sammut and we have a special segment from Beijing with Ben Herscovitch. Topics Immigration…

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Government funded fashion in vogue

Posted: 1:47 pm on 27th May 2013

There are revelations today that prove what we already know: government subsidies for the textile, clothing and footwear industry (TCF) are a complete waste of taxpayer money. In 2005 AusIndustry launched a six year $112.5 million program “to drive innovation and renewal in the textile and clothing industry” through grants to the TCF industry. Corporate welfare is a bad idea at the best of times but the fact that many…

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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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