Posts Tagged ‘Grants’

Clean Investments Need Cleaning Up!

Posted: 12:00 am on 13th March 2015

We bring you more news from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) who assess the efficacy of, amongst other things, the outcomes of government awarded grants. While you may still be coming to terms with the ineffective near-billion dollars spent on ethanol over the last decade, here’s another little scoop for you. The Clean Technology Investment Program was allocated $800 million to “assist manufacturers to invest in energy-efficient capital equipment and low-emissions technologies,…

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Dreaming of a Grant

Posted: 10:47 am on 6th March 2015

We bring you news of the Future Fellowships scheme. It claims to support research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. With this in mind, here’s a five year grant from 2014 that has been awarded $843,142.00. Wowzer! It really must be critically and nationally important to warrant nearly one million dollars worth of funding. What could it be? Well…WasteWatch is…

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Friendly Feelings

Posted: 12:01 pm on 4th March 2015

I know at WasteWatch we go on about the ARC grants but they keep giving.  Now we love it when people get along, but a $179, 700 tax-payer funded investigation into being friendly is pushing it. Especially when the friends being investigated died 500 years ago and are from the Apennine peninsula. The grant gave one lucky researcher the chance to examine “concord among humanists, philosophers, theologians, poets and political writers during…

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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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Sky-high grant for Mary Poppins statue

Posted: 9:13 am on 5th February 2015

How many spoonfuls of sugar will it take to help this news go down? Just before its abolition after the 2013 federal election, the Department of Energy, Resources and Tourism snuck out a few more grants. As part of its Tourism Quality Projects program, the Department handed a casual $26,400 of your money to the Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council to facilitate the building of a very important statue in the…

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The ARC’s curious interest in China

Posted: 10:16 am on 30th January 2015

Remember the recent $183,000 of your money the Australian Research Council gave to one lucky academic to study China’s rural migrant workers, in order to “demonstrate unequivocally that love and romance are far from ‘trivial’ for these individuals”? It seems the ARC has long had a curious interest in our great northern neighbour. However, two projects from back in 2009 indicate that the ARC may not have taken its responsibility to…

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Sporty pork in Victoria

Posted: 4:34 pm on 28th May 2014

The 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…

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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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CIS Podcast ep 26 – week ending 25 October 2013

Posted: 3:03 pm on 25th October 2013

Episode 26 – produced for the week ending 25 October 2013   Topics Does the Coalition government mean Gonski is goneski? Social cohesion and multiculturalism Debt ceilings, deficits and the Commission of Audit With Jen Buckingham 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 education expert Jen Buckingham to talk about funding and Will Shrubb casts…

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CIS Podcast ep 24 – week ending 11 October 2013

Posted: 4:08 pm on 11th October 2013

Episode 24 – produced for the week ending 11 October 2013   Topics The politics of teaching struggling kids how to read, and Politicians expenses – scandal or not? with Jen Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut and Ben Herscovitch, produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS education expert Jen Buckingham to talk about her latest piece on the politics of teaching kids…

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