Thu, 11 Apr, 2019
Federal Budget 2019: 5 bizarre things the government is splashing cash on
The Federal Budget is out, and many people are excited about the tax cuts that are helping out real Australians with their budgets.
However, it’s easy to see why some issues were skipped over in the victory speeches of the Coalition. Deep within the pages of the Budget are unusual projects and promises that you wouldn’t think a Government would spend money on.
Here are a few jaw-droppers.
1. Ant eradication squad
The government is spending $18.3 million to help eradicate red fire ants within the nation. Another $9.2 million is going to get rid of yellow crazy ants in the Queensland tropics.
There’s also a threat to biosecurity in Norfolk Island, so the Government are spending $8.4 million to “significantly advance the response to the biosecurity threat of Argentine ants.”
2. Postal complaints funding
An extra $4.3 million is being spent over 5 years to help investigate complaints about postal services.
The Postal Industry Ombudsman is getting the funding, although the government will be getting money back from Australian Post and other industry operators in the form of fees.
3. Broadcasting Aussie TV to the Pacific
Free TV Australia is going to deliver 1,000 hours of Aussie television content every year to broadcasters in the Pacific thanks to a $17.1 million-dollar boost in funding over three years.
4. A Superannuation Consumer Advocate
The government is spending $100,000 to figure out whether or not the Australian people want a Superannuation Consumer Advocate.
The government is “undertaking an expression of interest process to identify options to support the establishment” of this advocate and the advocate would “provide input on behalf of consumers in policy discussions and provide information to educate and assist consumers navigate the superannuation system”.
5. Baby milk donor service
Premature babies will be able to get donor milk more easily as part of a $2 million boost to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
A research program will also be done into the benefits of donor milk.
Which one do you think is the most bizarre? Let us know in the comments.