Posts Tagged ‘sport’

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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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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Sausage sizzlers, unite!

Posted: 3:02 pm on 12th December 2014

A time-honoured plank of Australian culture is under threat in New South Wales. The ancient sausage-sizzle-after-Saturday-sport tradition (“such stuff as dreams are made on”) is firmly in the sights of the NSW Health Department. Having signed on to the Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013-2018, the latest in a series of obesity reports and plans, the Department clearly feels obliged to throw good money after bad. The latest spending…

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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 party’s over

Posted: 12:51 pm on 4th March 2014

So the party’s over, it’s time to call it a day, and, as Nat King Cole sang, now the piper must be paid. Or is that the halfpiper? Australia’s Winter Olympic team are headed home, having won three medals — congratulations Torah Bright, David Morris, and Lydia Lassila — and now WasteWatch can turn its attention to the cost of the fun. According to the Daily Telegraph, #teamoutcast and their…

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New AIS logo costs $500,000

Posted: 10:19 am on 11th February 2014

Government expenditure on Australian sport is a familiar demon for WasteWatch. This latest example of sports waste almost outdoes all the others though. It turns out the Australian Institute of Sport has spent half a million dollars of taxpayer money on five little squiggly lines. Don’t worry though, because these five little squiggly lines constitute the “dynamic” new logo of the AIS, and, according to Australian Sports Commission head Simon…

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NZ Govt spends $32 million on America’s Cup bid

Posted: 9:48 am on 3rd June 2013

The New Zealand government has agreed to spend around $32 million to help send a national team to compete in this year’s America’s Cup. Sailing is a notoriously expensive sport and the decision to compete in hi-tech aerodynamic catamarans has seen the cost of competing in the America’s Cup skyrocket to around $100 million. The costs of racing this year are so high that it the event has only attracted…

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$47k for Christmas Island Golf Club

Posted: 4:53 pm on 14th May 2013

Following on from our revelations about the $54k crab bridge, we have uncovered a government tender to fix up the electrical wires at the Christmas Island Golf Club for around $47k. Wastewatch loves its golf, and we welcome the fact that Christmas Islanders seem to like golf too. While we are confident that the main users of Christmas Island’s golf course are members of the Australian Public Service (who are…

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