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The revelation that the Victorian government secretly approved up to $63 million in financial aid to Tennis Australia (TA) in the run-up to the last state election in 2022 raises the question – how much money is the organization stealing from taxpayers’ money?

Even without significant funding from the Victorian Government, TA receives tens of millions in government grants. Despite tennis’ Australian governing body earning hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year and tens of millions in surplus, this government support has been increasing.

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The last time we checked, in early 2018, TA could receive about $6 million a year in government grants. Next year, that number will double to more than $14 million, and in 2021 and 2022, it will exceed $19 million per year. The report for 2022-2023 has not yet been released.

That’s not all. TA’s annual report identifies “government grants” as a separate revenue stream, but it includes “commercial, the government and broadcasting partners” (emphasis added). For example, the more than half a billion TA realized in 2021-2022 includes “Australian Sports Commission, Victorian Department of Works, Precincts and Regions, Tasmanian Communities Department of Sport and Recreation, Destination NSW, South Australian Tourism Commission, Government revenue from tourism. and Queensland Events and Visit Victoria’.

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Screenshot from Tennis Australia 2021-2022 Annual Report

So, in the midst of more than half a billion in revenue – even during the pandemic in 2021, it brought in $ 358 million, twice as much as in 2013 – why does TA need so many tens of millions of public money?

CPAC your bags

The Australian Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the local chapter of SXSW for old reactionaries, is no doubt looking for a few young people in Australia who want to shout about the virus of the awakened consciousness in the United States. “We’re taking five volunteers to CPAC USA,” they tell everyone under the age of 25 who subscribes to their email newsletter, which I think we’ll agree is a very special person.

“To apply for this amazing opportunity, please send us a video of no more than 60 seconds explaining why you are the right person to join us at CPAC USA,” Like the video Check if the young adult has potential. Really popping in what we can only imagine to be the worst social media content in the world.

The youngest people we can think of are Conservative commentator Caleb Bond, who is a 24-year-old who has just quit his job, while Sky News’ TikTok creator Carla Efstratiou has dropped out. But mostly, we wonder if these CPAC-aligned young travelers can find time to travel between their busy schedules.

Stock photos from the CPAC website

Hockey for attention

Former treasurer Joe Hockey’s Instagram, with its sartorial flair, Dadaist captions and ill-framed selfies, gave off an air of innocuous middle-aged notions when it first appeared a few years ago. This misunderstanding came into full effect this morning.

This is hockey, before the strangest punitive and politically disastrous budget in history, which famously divided Australians into “players and lifters” and was then pictured blowing the whistle on a cigarette (like it or not). the burning fifty spectators were left to their imaginations). That hockey man offered six months’ wages to starving Centrelink youths and at the same time claimed a month’s worth of public money to sleep at his wife’s house.

We’re not sure if we’re going to accept a blatantly fraudulent text (“It doesn’t even pass the fraud test,” Hockey cryptically observes) is it worth bringing to people’s minds?

God damn it

Speaking of the US, remember when we said yesterday that Donald Trump is using more extreme rhetoric this time around? We should have been more specific: Over the weekend, his people literally said Trump was a gift from God and ran an ad that would put Saddam Hussein to shame: “God said, ‘I need a man who wakes up before dawn, this country fix it. , work all day, fight the Marxists, eat dinner, then go to the Oval Office and stay for a meeting of heads of state at midnight. That’s how God created Trump,” says a representative example.

The Lincoln Project responded similarly: “God made a dictator,” which shows Trump as a test rather than a gift:

The Lincoln Project — the most high-profile of the “Never Trump” Republican groups — has faced accusations of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement by high-profile members in the years since Trump left office. created the ability to refer to absolutely no one during. Co-founder Rick Wilson’s desire to see Trump as the 2024 candidate may have more than just Wilson’s belief that Trump will be easy to beat.

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