Australian government spends $150k on DirtGirlWorld to indoctrinate kids to the Carbon Tax

Hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars are going to promote the carbon tax to toddlers and union officials as part of Labor’s multi-million dollar carbon tax campaign, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.

Under questioning from Senator Birmingham in Senate Estimates, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) today exposed the extent to which Labor is abusing taxpayer funds to sell its carbon tax, including grants of:

  •  $150,000 to Dirtgirlworld Productions Pty Ltd – producer of children’s television program popular with toddlers.
  • $200,000 to Green Cross Australia to run carbon tax ‘Show and Tell’ programs in primary schools.
  • $93,000 to the Australian Council of Trade Unions to teach union officials how to sell the carbon tax to their members.

“Indoctrinating toddlers and school children on the supposed benefits of the carbon tax is an extraordinary waste of money and demonstrates how out of touch Labor is,” Senator Birmingham said.

DCCEE officials confirmed the Foundation Campaign is funding these activities, stating that:

“They are very big amongst the toddlers, Senator… The purpose of the grant is to reach currently disengaged families through fun child-led activities”

Mr James White, Assistant Secretary, Senate Estimates, 13 February 2012

“This is a flagrant abuse of taxpayer funds by the Gillard Government to desperately try to change perceptions of their toxic carbon tax,” Senator Birmingham said.

“The Foundation Campaign has previously funded Labor’s cheer squad of organisations who have been loud supporters of the carbon tax, including the Australian Conservation Foundation and Australian Youth Climate Coalition.”

It’s not just toddlers being targeted – Labor is also paying to teach union leaders how to spin the carbon tax to workers in hard hit industries:

“The purpose is to equip officials with the knowledge and conversation skills to engage systematically with hundreds of workplace delegates and members.”

Mr James White, Assistant Secretary, Senate Estimates, 13 February 2012

“This seems to be a confession that Australia’s union leaders are lost for words when it comes to the carbon tax and need help with their conversation skills,” Senator Birmingham said.

“Instead of admitting that the carbon tax will cost thousands of union members their jobs, apparently union leaders will be telling them it’s a good thing they’ll lose their jobs because it’s better to send jobs and emissions overseas than to keep them in Australia.

“The unions are meant to be Labor’s best friend, but apparently even they need to be bought off to support the carbon tax.”

DirtGirlWorld isn’t vegan because Dirtgirl eats the eggs her cage-free chickens produce (she’s never shown eating them, she just says a poem about how the chickens lay eggs for her breakfast in one episode–her chickens are also known to play musical instruments and fly kites, plus they do double duty as her local fire department and are glad to live in Dirtgirl’s world), and she talks about eating honey in the Bees episode, but she’s a huge fan of sustainable living, grows lots of vegetables, and has a friend named Scrapboy who uses recycled materials to build things for Dirtgirl’s garden, or he creates new ways to help her garden flourish using non-toxic means.

For example, in the episode called Slugs, Dirtgirl is upset to find slugs eating all of her lettuce.  Her friend, Grubby, suggests using broken egg shells scattered about the garden because slugs won’t want to crawl on them, due to their sharp edges.  Her friend, Ken the Weevil (who does stunts all the time, hence the name–get it?  Ken Weevil?), suggests planting nasturtiums because slugs won’t like the smell, her scarecrow, Hayman, says she should use hay around the garden (of course, all he ever says is, “Hay!”), and Scrapboy brings over sandpaper donuts to place around the  base of each head of lettuce.  They all work without any harsh, toxic chemicals.

In an episode when Hayman has a cold and can’t keep the crows out of the corn, Scrapboy brings over some old CDs to string up.  Their shiny surfaces keep the crows away from the garden until Hayman feels well enough to shout, “Hay!” again.

The show also promotes alternatives to everyday items.  Dirtgirl’s tractor, Bot-Bot, runs on corn fuel.

In one really cute episode, Dirtgirl grows a pizza garden and Scrapboy builds a solar oven, and everyone enjoys pizza baked in the solar oven.  Most children would never know about solar ovens, so this was a nifty way to talk about such a thing.

Each episode contains a song that fits the theme of the show and these songs are actually really neat.  I bought the digital download for Miss Muffet and burned a copy for her room and one for the car.  Now, before we even get in the car, she’s got to remind me to turn on that CD for her.  We’ve listened to nothing but DirtGirlWorld in the car for the past month. I don’t even know what other CDs are in the changer because we just listen to the DirtGirlWorld songs all he time.  Good thing the songs are fun and interesting and not like most children’s music, which I find completely annoying in every possible way.  I cacnnot wait for their next CD to be released!


i have a 4 y/o and have watched this show..i thought then it was a tool for propaganda..the themes and memes were very suspicious..and now we see it..the Australian government in their desperation to make us embrace the carbon tax, will start on the youngest generations we have..indoctrinating them to government policy..evil shit..


~ by seeker401 on February 18, 2012.

4 Responses to “Australian government spends $150k on DirtGirlWorld to indoctrinate kids to the Carbon Tax”

  1. I simply do not understand the Australian government’s obsession with the carbon tax. Don’t they have anything better to do? What are they hoping to gain from this and what does the average on the street Aussie think about all this hype and indoctrination

    • Fabians have nothing better to do than organise total government control of your life and money. And what’s great is that the sheep even ask for it. :/

  2. and other of ‘they’ motto “get Them when there are young”
    at they grammysAward at they TeenChoiceAward at they MtvAwards ………..

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