Following up from my previous post about taxpayer funded radical leftist propaganda masquerading as “research” grants, I decided to have a look at some of the other grants that were made in 2012 by the Australian Research Council and also in the Discover Category (for younger researchers)
This has got to be my favourite:
The cultural economy of Australian artist-run initiatives which develop an understanding of a diverse range of artists’ practices, including in relation to the National Broadband Network which will contribute to policy development for a more vibrant Australian arts landscape ($320,906.00).
Because, that’s right, the opinion of artists in relation to the NBN, is worth of funding.
Although this one comes a very close second:
Sexing scholasticism: gender in medieval thought 1150-1520. This is about… wait for it … “medieval theological debates about why it was necessary that Christ was born as a man” which grants “access to ideas about masculinity and femininity held by the elite ruling cultures of western Europe” ($357,630.00)
Gender seems a bit of a theme:
How Gender Shapes The World: A Linguistic Perspective. This project will seek to understand and explain gender roles in Australian society, and in nearby nations. Emphasis is placed on training researchers with an immigrant or minority background, working towards the empowerment of women researchers. This will enhance our nation’s capacity to interpret and manage gender roles in multicultural contexts. TOTAL COST: $2,416,141.00
Other ones I noted included:
‘Mediating the Conversation‘ is an international study of how public participation is facilitated and regulated in online news and opinion sites. It will evaluate approaches to managing comments and interaction, and will produce best practice guidelines for news media on promoting inclusive, productive online conversations” ($364,950.00),
Revisiting the foundations of mainstream economics: a cooperative account of wellbeing and moral improvement” which “presents a major theoretical challenge to the individualistic definition of wellbeing that defines mainstream economics ($371,931.00 to promote Marxism, essentially)
A historical study of modern Iran and its diaspora through the music, career and cultural significance of pop star Googoosh: $373,391.00
Secularism in nineteenth-century America: a history $338,512.00
He’s not heavy, he’s my brother: the acquisition of kinship terminology in a morphologically complex Australian language ($375,000.00)
Children’s active video games: family perceptions, uses and negotiations $365,314.00
Listening to country – Indigenous dance dramaturgy in remote Australia will identify a theory and practice of dramaturgy which ‘listens’ to place, history and community($322,747.00)
Should I stay or should I go: the extent to which people’s willingness to risk their lives to save animals during natural disasters ($371,622.00)
The public face of the Public Service: whether the trend towards greater public engagement by public servants fundamentally changes our traditional understandings of how a public service operates $358,890.00
The Australian penal colonies and British print culture, 1786-1900: an investigation of the literature surrounding convict transportation and the Australian penal colonies, and its relationship to British print culture in the nineteenth century ($289,185.00)
Retail price promotions in Australia: are consumers really better off? retail price promotions can confuse consumers, leading to poor purchase decisions.($374,057.00)
Construction of the Bali Peace Park as counterterrorism which will explore how individuals and communities engage with the Peace Park as a form of counter terrorism ($375,000.00)
Wellbeing, preferences, and basic goods Since individual choice and public policy aim at promoting wellbeing, it is crucial to understand what wellbeing is. This project develops an account of wellbeing that is grounded in individual preferences, but acknowledges that people sometimes desire what is harmful to them. ($337,940.00)
I also discovered that there was a special “Discovery Indigenous” category, which granted funding for projects such as: Enhancing the quality of academic supervision provided to Indigenous Australian doctoral students ($109,527.00), literary representations of Aboriginal Australians by non-Aboriginal authors in the post-Mabo period ($41,000), and Early collections of Warlpiri cultural heritage ($513,000.00)
I also started cataloging some of the climate change and environment related ones:
(Management of Coral Reefs: $2,511,216.00, Coral reef metabolism in a rapidly changing climate: $3,032,447.00, A new paradigm for quantifying the resilience of marine calcifiers to ocean acidification and global warming: $3,229,566.00, Surrogate ecology: when and where can it work to improve environmental management? $2,849,770.00, Sea level change and climate sensitivity $3,079,069.00, Protonic materials for green chemical futures $2,879,582.00, Inter-ocean exchange around Australia and its relation to regional and global climate: 374,354.00, : does microbial priming of degraded seagrasses contribute to global warming?$375,000.00), Developing predictions of extinction risk for tropical arthropods in the face of global environmental change ($364,015.00), Safe long-term storage of carbon dioxide in coal seams (374,905.00), The further back we look, the further forward we can see: 1,000 years of past climate to help predict future climate change in Australia ($351,805.00)…
But there were too many of them, so I gave up and stopped.
And then people wonder why we have a budget deficit…
Tim Andrews is Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance, and Publisher of Menzies House.