Dr Mumbo

The Chaser crowdfunds its newspaper, will be transparent on any child labour used

After a decade-long hiatus The Chaser Quarterly is set to return – if the comedy troupe can raise the $50,000 through crowd funding to make it happen.

Why would they do this you say? Their answer: “The Chaser Quarterly addresses the key problem of our time: namely – there is not enough content in this world.”

But having fallen into the trap of not making any money on the 99 editions which were previously published between 1999 and 2005 the team have decided to take a leaf out of a the books of a few multinational corporations, and make use of a few tax minimisation schemes “so that we’re not dragged down by the onerous burden of paying tax to fund Australia’s hospitals, schools and roads”.

In its crowdsourcing spiel they write: “Of course, just because we’ll be a stateless entity accountable to nobody doesn’t mean we won’t be transparent about these arrangements. Indeed, in each edition of The Chaser Quarterly, there will be a full report from the Chief Financial Officer, which will innumerate in clear accountable terms, just how many public hospital beds we’ve managed to avoid funding through our – completely legal – tax minimisation.

“This is also apply to all other aspects of our sprawling global conglomerate. The CFO will also be responsible for annual reports outlining any incidences of child labour in our supply chain, and quantifying exactly how much money such practices save you, the consumer, each year.”

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Will there be advertising? Yes!

However, there are some strict guidelines for the ads: “Please note, that The Chaser is only accepting ads that can allow us to accept your filthy lucre while appearing to retain a shred of integrity. Therefore, your ad must adhere to our Advertising Guidelines. In particular, “your ad must fundamentally undermine the product it is seeking to sell”

What can you expect to see from the new mag?

Well, apart from stealing the product specs from Frankie Magazine, they’ll also be offering the content online via a “leaky paywall”, and will have contributions from many of the Chaser crew, with the first edition rolling off the presses in the spring.

The Chaser singo crowdfundingWhat do I get for donating you say?

For $25, a copy of the first edition. $50 gets you a signed copy of the first edition, and for $75 an Aussie Pride green and gold edition, aimed at people who “like booing at footy matches but only at black players, but not because you’re racist”.

Dr Mumbo’s preferred option is the ‘Singo’, named for advertising legend John Singleton who cut the boys a cheque for $10,000 when they cheekily wrote to him many years ago.

Excited? You should be.

Check out the Pozible crowdfunding page and donate here to get your hands on what could end up being Australia’s biggest circulating print title.



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