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Qld taxpayer grant to "Big Brother" waste of public funds.

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Senator John Cherry Senator for Queensland Australian Democrats

July 17, 2003 MEDIA RELEASE 03/520

Qld taxpayer grant to “Big Brother” waste of public funds The Queensland Government deserves to be nominated for eviction for its $700,000 of public funding for the “Big Brother” television program, according to the Australian Democrats.

Democrats’ Queensland Senator John Cherry said the “Big Brother” program had been hugely profitable for its producers, and did not need public subsidies.

“This is an outrageous form of corporate welfare and the Ministers responsible deserve to be voted off,” Senator Cherry said.

“Queensland taxpayers are not being told how much the Queensland Government is giving away in corporate welfare, while at the same time the Government is unable to find the money for real public policy needs like health and the environment.

“The Queensland Government refuses to pay its share of a joint Commonwealth-State program, negotiated by the Australian Democrats, to protect wetlands and reduce runoff damage to the Great Barrier Reef, yet can find $700,000 to subsidise one of the most profitable television shows produced in Australian in recent years.

“Frankly, this is a waste of money and highlight the lack of accountability and transparency in the Queensland Government’s increasing corporate handouts.

“Taxpayers deserve better value and better prioritisation for money from their taxes than the Beattie Government is currently providing,” Senator Cherry concluded.

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