AU$1.5 million of tax money spent on edgy dog comedy
The Melbourne Herald Sun has taken an interest in government payments made to "cult" TV series Wilfred, running on network broadcaster SBS. Film Victoria put up over AU$500,000 across sixteen episodes, while Screen Australia contributed almost AU$1 million.
The show features drug use, sexually-themed conversation, and psychological mind-games between Wilfred (Jason Gann dressed as a dog) and his owner's boyfriend, Adam, who finds himself drawn into competition with Wilfred for his owner's affection.
Despite critical acclaim, Family First Senator Steve Fielding was not impressed:
I don't think taxpayers' money should be used to finance film projects that display acts of bestiality.