Taxpayers funding grants that help to reduce their living standards

Illustrating what everybody really knows about the corruption of the government grants process, certainly with the rivers of gold dedicated to bolstering the warmists, The Australian published a piece this morning which showed the way insider academics reward weach other with the loot from the taxpayer.

The paywalled article by Julie Hare says

An analysis by The Australian reveals the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s advisory panel chaired by Melbourne University professor Snow Barlow has awarded members or collaborators $23m from a pool of $77m in the first two rounds of a four-year program aimed at climate change mitigation and adaption in agriculture.

It presents a map of the links between individuals who have published together and how the individuals who are awarded grants are linked to those on the panel.

The article explains

Panel member Richard Eckard, a methane specialist who runs Victoria’s Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, was named lead researcher on one project and secondary researcher on four in FtRG (Filling the Research Gap) round 1, netting $4.2m. PICCC “actively facilitated nine projects,” Professor Eckard wrote in the PICCC newsletter last June. “Eight (the ninth is still in negotiation) . . . were successful in securing funding from this round of FtRG..”

Professor Barlow is also lead convenor of another group, the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network. Its co-convenors include Professor Eckard and four other DAFF expert advisory panel members: Peter Grace, a senior research scientist from Queensland University of Technology; Ross Kingwell, chief economist with the WA Department of Agriculture and Food; Beverley Henry, who works with Professor Grace at QUT and Mark Howden, a lead researcher from the CSIRO.

Professor Barlow said as chairman, he spoke on behalf of the expert group.

“It is important to recognise that this is an R&D program with very specific priorities which applicants must be able to address if they wish to be successful,” he said. It is also in a relatively new area of science.

“For this reason it is understandable the limited pool of researchers would be closely connected professionally.”

Yeh right!!

All this funding going to warmista fanatics and their journeymen assistants ever willing to write what is necessary in order to remain within the sheltered workshop illustrates symbiotic relationship between politicians and large elements of the research establishment. Cancelling the grants involved would bring a double saving of less money directly expended and a reduced pressure on the economy from measures like renewable programs and funding of high cost green facilities that the research is funded to promote.

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15 Responses to Taxpayers funding grants that help to reduce their living standards

  1. Jacki Keys

    I worked for one of the organisations that received the largess of the DAFF. I was so disgusted at the rorting, waste and employing people to do nothing! One guy on the largess of this money spent most of his day asleep at the desk! There was boxes of brochures stacked to the ceiling, all printed with taxpayer funds, go be destined for the scrap heap. Seminars, travel, you name it. If people only knew what the various Governments did with our money, they would be shocked. I had to leave for my own mental health! LOL

  2. Interesting technology displayed here. How do they do it?

  3. Boambee John

    More a parasitic relationship then a symbiotic one!

  4. Dr Faustus

    “It is important to recognise that this is an R&D program with very specific priorities which applicants must be able to address if they wish to be successful,” he said. It is also in a relatively new area of science.

    For this reason it is understandable the limited pool of researchers would be closely connected professionally.”

    This is the big lie. It is aimed at keeping the research dollar flowing.

    The pseudo-science of ‘climate change’ is certainly a relatively new phenomenon. It has a small, mutually reinforcing coterie of priests and practitioners – hunched around the various computer models, trying to establish a causal link between human activity, the atmosphere and climate.

    As any scientist would see, the science addressed in Filling the Research Gap is not climate science at all. It is straight-forward, mainstream biology, botany, biochemistry and husbandry/agricultural practice.

    Sure, the research objectives are drawn from ‘climate science’ conclusions (ie CO2/methane/nitrous oxide emissions will lead to roasting temperatures that can only be offset by adaptation/emissions reductions/carbon sequestration) – but the actual research being funded is practiced in Australia by thousands of agricultural research scientists in academia, government and industry, not by a few climate specialists in a “limited pool“.

    What we have here is an opportunistic bunch of fellow travelers attaching themselves to a grand and very lucrative scam.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    If I was a tenured academic climate scientist I would not count my lucky stars that I’m secure just yet.

    Things can change, as this very interesting article notes.

    Florida Public Uni Dumps Tenure

    Pollies everywhere are skint. Climate change grants and department budgets are sitting ducks as the globe keeps on cooling.

    At least the supply of new taxi drivers will be assured.

  6. Token

    It is not hard to see a lot of fruitbat furor and political theatre by the luvvie class & their clients in the media when the government funding gravy train comes to an end in the 2nd/3rd year of the Abbott government.

    Watch for the tax-eaters gather and express theatrical anger at universities and the streets and do Occupy type protests over the loss of funding.

  7. Popular Front

    I guess it is not much use crying over spilt milk, or in this case rorted funding but take comfort in the fact that, at OoB on the 16/9 these asshats will find the well has gone dry – forever.

  8. cohenite

    Getting rid of this bullshit will be another test for the new government, especially since it will include such AGW groupies as Greg Agenda 21 Hunt and Malcolm GS Turnbull.

  9. Entropy

    Imagine what the papier mâché abbot head will look like. Fun times. At least protests will keep the clowns busy, if not off the streets.

    I know quite a fewt of the named people btw. They are just chasing the $, and mitigation in agriculture also just happens to help normal climate variability risk management as well. So it isn’t like it is just pissed up against the wall.

  10. Jarrah

    I thought adaptation was all the rage amongst those who think mitigation was impossible?

    “Greg Agenda 21 Hunt”

    Oh dear. You’re not one of those, are you?

  11. Entropy

    Yeah, I meant adaptation, not mitigation.

  12. Dr Faustus

    So it isn’t like it is just pissed up against the wall.

    That’s certainly true, at least for most of the spend. However, public funding is scarce, and the real issue here is – are these research objectives the best use of public funds? Or do they opportunistically take funds from other more worthy research projects simply because they are linked to climate change?

    One of the named people was my PhD supervisor so I have a fair idea of the answer to that one.

  13. Peter h

    That map is fantastic I would like to see one which associates labor alp members mp’s their partners relatives with organisations private public federal state labour an the associated flow of money.

  14. cohenite

    Oh dear. You’re not one of those, are you?

    I answered this patronising, dreary bit of bullshit on another thread, but seriously are you saying there isn’t an Agenda 21?

    I know the phrase Agenda 21 is whimsical, almost Maxwell Smart, but I can’t help if the UN calls it that and Local Councils are implementing it to the anguish of many farmers and businesses strangling in ‘green tape’. They don’t give a rat’s arse what it’s called. If it helps call it Agenda fucking gillard.

    And is that the extent of your riposte, a supercilious tone?

  15. Rabz MMEC VRWC

    Richard Eckard, a methane specialist

    Gee, I bet that job title impresses the ladies.

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