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So Scott Morrison Really Undersold That 'Sports Rorts' Scandal, Huh?

Turns out way more grants were ineligible than anyone thought.

The ‘Sports Rorts’ scandal has been going on for so long now that it almost seems like it will never end. We’ve lost a Senator over it, and it’s still not wrapping up. The latest update is a spicy one though: Scott Morrison’s insistence that the grants were all given in a totally legitimate way has just been blown out of the water.

It’s going really well

To backtrack just quickly, the scandal revolves around funding for local sporting organisations.The Australian National Audit Office found that the Government gave $100 million worth of sports grants to sports clubs in “marginals” and “targeted” seats leading up to the 2019 election, and ignored the seats that they considered safe.

Basically if a hockey club in a safe electorate desperately needs more uniforms, they’re just going to have to cope with what they’ve got. Mosman Rowing Club though? Half a million dollars to them in an effort to save Tony Abbott’s spot in parliament. 

Spoiler: that didn’t work.

Fast forward to now, and there’s a Senate Inquiry trying to work out what on earth happened. Our fearless leader – Scott Morrison, aka Scotty From Marketing – has been insisting to everyone that there were “no ineligible projects” funded by the Government. The Senate Inquiry has discovered that not only is that objectively wrong, but almost half of the sports grants given were dodgy.

Yep, 43% of the grants given under the funding scheme have been ruled ineligible. 

Needless to say it’s gone over like a lead balloon with the Government, and has given us this beautiful ‘oh shit’ face from Liberal Senator, Eric Abetz.

Never ask a question you don’t know the answer to.

The ‘Sports Rorts’ Senate Inquiry still has a lot of digging to do, and we’ll likely get more info in the coming days as the truth gets dragged out of paperwork and politicians. One thing is for sure though, Scott Morrison is going to have a hard time spinning this one.

The only PR team working as hard as the Government’s is the PR team for the Royals. Check out the GOAT Team breaking it down…

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Prince Charles Is Donating His Garden Clippings To Punk Fashion, Seriously

Hey ho, let's go.

Prince Charles has been into environmentally conscious fashion since well before we all realised that the planet was burning down and all decided to cut down on plastic straws. His latest step into sustainable fashion is a bit of a left turn though, he’s giving up all his garden clippings in the name of punk clothes.

Yep, Prince Charles has collaborated with Vin+Omi, a British fashion brand inspired by punk, well known for making sure that all their designs are sustainable. His part of the deal is donating hydrangeas, nettles, willow, ash, wood chippings and horse hair clippings from the stables to the designer duo, who will then work their magic to turn them into the designs we see at London Fashion Week.

Maybe not the hair

“He is very aware of the materials and it’s quite humbling – people call us pioneers of sustainability, and then you meet someone like Prince Charles and he knows so much,” said Omi, speaking about the collab.

“Sometimes I can’t believe I’m talking to the future King of England – even to be having conversations around sustainability is bizarre because you would think that someone so privileged wouldn’t be interested, but he is very learned.”

If your first thought is along the lines of mine, and are wondering why anyone who calls themselves a punk would want anything to do with authority or the Royals (seriously, isn’t that the whole point of punk?), then fear not. Turns out not wanting the planet to burn is a topic that can bridge all sorts of gaps. 

“Our whole brand ethos is against everything that comes with establishment, but it’s amazing that something as simple as the environment can link different people together,” said Omi.

So brush up on your fashion knowledge and grab your nearest bag of garden clippings, cause it looks like the future of fashion is made of wood chips.

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Jim Carrey Has Clearly Learnt Nothing From #MeToo

This time he’s told a female journo he’d 'do' her.

It’s always sad when someone you really liked goes off the deep end, and Jim Carrey is a classic example of that for me. A childhood favourite who turned into an anti-vaxxer, and then got really weird around women in interviews all of a sudden. This time Jim Carrey has told a woman interviewing him that she was the last thing he had left to ‘do’.

In a press junket for Sonic The Hedgehog, reporter Charlotte Long asked Carrey: “I know your film Sonic has a bucket list, and I was wondering after all you’ve done in your career and your life, is there anything still left on your bucket list?”

You can probably see where this is going.

“Just you. That’s it. It’s all done now.”

When Long replied with “I don’t know what to say to that,” Carrey told her to “just own it.” 

No idea, buddy.

This comes just over a week after Jim Carrey was dragged for saying that Margot Robbie was only successful because of her looks. Sitting next to her on The Graham Norton Show’s couch, he said “It’s incredible that you’ve got as far as you have with your obvious physical disadvantages. It’s unbelievable, it’s really something. That’s pure talent right there!”

As with most men in Hollywood, Jim Carrey had made some pretty serious missteps before the #MeToo movement took off. Mainly the messy relationship he had with his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White before she took her own life, and the video he made confessing his love to Emma Stone in 2011.

But since the #MeToo movement took off in late 2017, any excuse that could have been made for telling women that you’d ‘do’ them in an interview has gone out the window. It’s well and truly established by now that this isn’t ok and we won’t put up with it anymore.

If he keeps insisting on harassing women in their workplaces, then his actions will catch up to him one day. And if he doesn’t know what to say to that, then maybe he should ‘just own it’.

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