Posts Tagged ‘Surf’

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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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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…and the vote buying continues

Posted: 11:45 am on 22nd July 2013

Three weeks ago WasteWatch highlighted that the Queensland government spent $7.4m on a racetrack in Mackay in the lead up to the state election. The Ooralea racecourse is not a major hub for horse racing in Queensland, but it was in the marginal seat of then Racing Minister, Tim Mulherin. As we were expecting, the vote-buying for the federal election was just about to begin. The Australian has reported that…

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