Posted: 11:10 am on 7th July 2014

money-airThe CIS has long been a supporter of strengthening local government, looking forward to “this Tocquevillian vision of a free people organising its own local affairs in autonomy,” in the words of former CIS research fellow Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich.

However, there’s a difference between de Tocqueville, and making videos.

Every year since 1986 the federal government has handed out a bunch of National Awards for Local Government.

These are all very well. They recognise local achievements, and provide an important means of spreading good ideas.

However, as always, there’s a catch.

This time it’s the nearly $150,000 of taxpayer money spent over four years on making self-congratulatory videos (see here, here, here, and here; 2011 is mysteriously missing).

WasteWatch has no problems with the awards and their attendant costs, but are the videos really necessary?

William Shrubb, Research Assistant

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