Posts Tagged ‘state government’

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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Taxpayer off the hook after live baiting scandal

Posted: 11:07 am on 24th March 2015

 It was almost a St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within days of the damning Four Corners report into live baiting across the greyhound  industry, aired on 16 February, the entire board of Greyhound Racing NSW was dismissed, and  the entire board of Greyhound Racing Victoria resigned, despite being cleared of wrongdoing  by the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner. The scandal looks set to rock the Australian greyhound industry, but Victorian taxpayers may see…

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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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Mayhem in the NT

Posted: 9:00 am on 24th July 2014

The CLP government in the Northern Territory faces a budget deficit of over $700 million, hence the “belt-tightening” measures in its latest budget. But some things are just too important to cut. For example: Territory Day, the anniversary of the Territory’s self-governance celebrated on July 1, is the only day Territorians are allowed to purchase and use fireworks. Our hard-working and hard-playing northern cousins certainly seem to make the most of…

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$3m funding circus for NSW and Federal governments

Posted: 11:48 am on 17th July 2013

We keep hearing how our children are getting fatter and fatter. Well, it turns out the government has a great new sport and recreation program to get our children fit and healthy again. Our latest instalment of mindless government waste is the funding of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus for young people. According to their website, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is Australia’s world famous circus for young people. We…

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$19 million for racetrack (Wastetrack?)

Posted: 7:27 pm on 2nd July 2013

Sydneysiders will remember that the Oxford Street Rainbow Crossing, painted on in time for this year’s Mardi Gras festival cost $110,000 to lay down, only to be ripped up just weeks later for another $30,000. In an episode of waste reminiscent of the rainbow crossing debacle, it has been revealed by the commission of enquiry into the Queensland Racing board that the Queensland Government spent $12 million to install a…

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