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The backlash builds against Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s taxpayer grant

23 January 2020

12:00 PM

23 January 2020

12:00 PM

Not everyone is delighted at the news that Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been awarded a $20,000 taxpayer-funded cash grant and residency in Paris courtesy of the Australia Council.  

As The Spectator Australia exclusively revealed on Monday, YAM has been gifted generous buckets of dollars and a six-month residency at a Paris artists’ studio. 

Other media outlets have picked up our reports, and as news of the grant has spread, so has the angry backlash.  

YAM has been described as a “parasite” and accused of having her “snout in the trough”.  

“Unbelievable! I’m sure there are many aspiring Australian authors who actually love & live in Australia this money could have gone to,” was some angry feedback.  

“She’s not an outspoken author, she’s an anti-Australia political activist…” another person said.  

“Spending the money on heroin would have been a better investment,” chimed in another.  

Other backlash included: “Disgusting”, “sickening”, “NOT HAPPY JAN” and “She’s just waiting for a vacancy in our ABC! Isn’t that where they send loud mouth socialist zealots?” 


Amidst the rage, the Australia Council must step up and answer a really key question following this announcement 

Why would someone who appears to hate Australia be given hard-working taxpayer funds?  

YAM has likened Australia to an “abusive boyfriend” and used ANZAC Day as an opportunity to slam our border protection policy.   

Is it usual practice to award Australian taxpayer funds to someone who appears to have left Australia for good?

Why shouldn’t the money go promising writers here who lack a hype machine in the Twitter echo chamber.

YAM described Sharia Law as being “about kindness” in 2016.  

But, as bushfires rage and anger towards the government increases, there are also raised eyebrows that $6.5 million in the latest grants round was ever signed off.

When it was announced last year that the Morrison government intended to drop the word “arts” from public service letterheads, the left were quick to jump on their broomsticks.  

They reacted as if the Prime Minister had personally shredded Blue Polls to line the bottom of the budgie case.

The left-wing panel on The Project, on which YAM was a favoured guest, were notably vocal in slamming the decision. 

Now, it looks like we know why.    

The left luvvie club looks after its own.

But frankly, we have really tough challenges to tackle on our doorstep right now, so it’s not surprising there’s fury at the decision to fill the pockets of a woman who hates Australia with $20,000 in cash.  

Illustration: ABC.

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