Posts Tagged ‘japan’

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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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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The $31k pen pal relationship

Posted: 1:46 pm on 30th April 2013

WasteWatch has found a treasure trove of extravagant spending in the Department of Foreign Affairs grant lists. One of our favourties is a $31,000 grant to pay for four Japanese scouts and an adult leader to travel to the Queensland Scout Jamboree to establish a ‘pen pals’ program. While the participants in the program will no doubt love it, we aren’t so sure that this is the best use of…

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