Aussie taxes helping fund Discoverys ‘Aussie Gold Liars’?

The world is being lied to by an Australian government backed-supported American TV program.

COMPANY: Discovery Inc, Electric Pictures (WA)

PROGRAM: ‘Aussie Gold Hunters’


  • “Aussie Gold Hunters” producers claim the program is “Factual”
  • Show seems to be funded in-part by the Australian tax payers. If tax funded, why isn’t the show also on free-to-air?
  • Manufactures “gold poachers” fears
  • Bush camp fires left (supposedly) unattended
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Worth US$20+ BILLION, America’s Discovery Inc parent is seemly taking Australian tax payers money (via the WA and VIC governments) to help produce “Factual” television.

Not all tax paying Australian’s can afford pay TV, nor do they all watch ‘Aussie Gold Hunters’

“But they are helping promote Australia!”?

OK, might be worth some of our taxes to promote Australia globally. Let’s take a look at what’s being promoted.

New 2020 season, ep 2, air date May 21st, 2020

‘I’m Having A Tax-Payers-Money Experience’?

Two new guys added to the show this year; Rob ‘Turbo’ Linton (left) Rob Dale.


At night, because it’s “cooler”, the mates are supposedly “kilometres away” on foot from base camp looking for gold.

They head back after “four hours” to find someone in a white ute raiding their camp site.


Quad bike already set-up with camera and lighting.

Turbo calls out to Rob to chase after the robber’s ute on their quad bike.


Rob gives chase!

Luckily the “Factual” film crew had their cameras and a light set-up on the quad to film Rob’s acting face!


Video screen caps are from a poor quality downlaod – but the original footage caught by the film crew would have clearly shown the rear number plate.

Rather than zoom in to the number plate, the very next frame after this one, they cut the clip and zoom out showing the ute 50 meters away heading down the dark dirt track.


Turbo finds a red torch the ‘robber’ left behind.

While Rob was off acting, errr, on the chase, Turbo checks to see what was stolen.


Look Rob, now we have a red one too. It’s the same brand and model torch the film crew use.

Apparently the quad dirt bike couldn’t keep up with a ute on a bush track.

It was probably distracting having the film crews handle bar light in Rob’s face.

Rob comes back defeated and half blind to see what’s going on.

Turbo claims a 20 litre fuel jerry can was ‘stolen’, he then shows Rob the “$10” trade-in torch.



Are we having fun yet?

Earlier Rob tells the producers “I didn’t come here for fun”.


Yellow torch is the same brand and model as the ‘robbers’ red one.

No fun, but plenty of poor acting. Dummy actor Rob’s good luck charm is a dummy he brought from home. He tells us a short story about his daughter.


Rob with his blue torch – It’s a bit hard to see, but Rob and the crew also have the same make and model torch … in blue.

Daddy how much did Discovery pay you to lie to Australia?

No one lies to their daughters for free.

$1500+ a week, Rob?

Next day, first weight up … $30 baby!

First time in Aussie Gold Hunters history! The mates have a stand-behind petrol Dingo digger, dry gold blower, high grade metal detectors and other gear worth $40,000+, yet they couldn’t afford an electronic scale from K-Mart for $10?


Heading back to base camp, err but what about the bonfire?

It’s hard to see due to scrub and low branches, but above the white rock on the track, about 20 meters out deep into the bush, there is a bonfire (2 meters wide) earlier used to light their night gold search area.

We’re supposed to believe they walked off back to base camp without putting out the bonfire?

Isn’t that a crime?

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Husband and wife team, Chris and Greg Clark, are so dull the crew pulled the old “I’m lost” trick to get tensions up. Same stuff happened last year.

Lost or acting, Chris Clark?

Chris Clark looks up, supposedly lost, and points around talking to the camera crew.

She says ‘having your head down scanning’ makes you ‘forget where you are’.

True, but rather than just ask the camera crew following her around, where she is, or just follow their foot tracks back, she gets on her 1-5 watt UFH CB (2-5km range out in the open) walkie talkie to call up husband, Greg.

Husband Greg hears static noise, and assumes the worse.

As he scoots down, lowering the aerial range, then blames the radio’s failure on flat batteries.

Yeah, because professional gold diggers never carry spares?

Nanna, did you really get lost?

Speaker on each shoulder means they went to all the trouble getting expensive stereo metal detecting gear – yet no hand-held GPS loggers?

Professional Gold Hunters religiously use GPS loggers (look like mobile phones) to track where they have been, and where they haven’t been.

It saves on going over the same ground, over and over again.

Guess what else they do? They tell you where you are, and if a base camp plot was recorded, it would show you how to get back.

At the very least, either she or the film crew had GPS on their mobile phones showing where they were.

So concerned Greg runs back to base camp, to get new walkie talkie batteries?

No, the part-time actor sends up ‘the drone’ for the lost sheep to follow back.

The Clark’s impressive fenced off bush base camp.

At the start of the episode, they drove in with nothing but just their white ute. Caravan and front end loader must be inflatable.

Factual television, this is not!

I’ve watched this show since day one, and there is real gold mining going on, but when there’s no indication about what’s not “factual”, yet layered with the tax payers money, all the ‘facts’ need to come out too.

Would the same government give grants for openly fake TV shows promoting Australia? Of course!

The issue is Discovery and Electric Pictures (WA), in their outros make the “Factual” claim, which is 100% BULLSHIT! Wikipedia have it listed as “factual television” too.

-I’ve yet to find out how much, if any, the VIC and WA governments are giving that $20B US parent company (and it’s bottom feeders) to make content for PAID TV. Anything with government funding should also be on free-to-air too!

-Clips used under Sections 106 and 106A, for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, research.

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