The Refugee Council of Australia was told last Friday by the Department of Immigration that its core funding of $140,000 a year would be cut just two weeks after it was allocated in this year’s budget. Obviously they did not bow down and prostrate themselves in thanks after the budget, so Morrison chucks a tanty and pulls funding. This is very similar to when the Howard Government announced that Charities would only receive government funding if they agreed not to criticise the government, this is the sort of hubris that got the Howard government a holiday on the opposition side of the house, maybe Tony, Scott and Chris are pining for their old seats.
While nobody can argue that Labors home insulation scheme was anything but a tragic debacle I think that spending $19 million to tell us something we already know is a dubious allocation of funds, from the governments apparently rapidly dwindling coffers. The Pink Batts commission is a political point scoring exercise so that the Abbott Govt can beat Labor over the head with the bloody stump of its election loss, all the while pointing out what terrible people they are. It is the political equivalent of kicking a man while he is down, though to be fair that is pretty much par for the course in politics these day.
Where it goes from “dubious value” to outright wrong is when they take funding from Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, to pay for up to a 3rd of the cost of the ‘Pink Batts’ commission. Of course this is no real surprise, as for the longest time Abbott fought to deflect any criticism of the catholic church and heaped praise on the likes of Cardinal Pell , so to see the government remove funding from something that might criticise of his beloved church, sadly the use of the funding to score political points is less of a shock and more of the same old same old.
Job well done to the Abbott Government, their NBN plan is the equivalent of a two tin cans and a piece of string and is over budget and the rollout is way behind. Now thanks to Abbott and Co’s wonderful vision of returning to 1950’s Australia the CSIRO is having to close a lot of sites and stop a lot of research, small unimportant things like irrigation research, geothermal energy research and of course all that silly climate change and modelling research. Guess they didn’t get Uncle Tony’s memo about science being silly and that we should maybe just spend more time preying or something.
But hey, we don’t need to be on the cutting edge of Bioscience and nanoscience research, we can leave that stuff to the grown up countries, especially as we can just keep mining stuff to sell, that will last forever won’t it ????