Archive for the ‘2013-14 Budget’ Category

$10 million for driving lessons

Posted: 9:39 am on 17th March 2014

For the last six years and a half years, learner drivers in NSW (WasteWatch’s home) have been subjected to more and more onerous conditions in order to qualify for their provisional licence. For licences issued before 1 July 2007, learners had only to complete 50 hours of accompanied driving. Then, the requirement jumped to a ridiculous 120 hours. Next, the NSW government recognised the ridiculousness of this requirement, and created…

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$58 million for political party ‘admin’ costs

Posted: 1:55 pm on 28th May 2013

Australia’s politicians have managed to prove the truth behind Adam Smith’s classic maxim about people of the same trade coming together in conversation but ending in a conspiracy against the public to raise prices. News has recently emerged about a proposed deal, negotiated in secret, between the ALP and Coalition to introduce laws that will give even more public money to political parties. The proposal is that for every vote…

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$11.6m for ‘national civics education campaign’

Posted: 10:27 am on 23rd May 2013

You may have of already heard of the upcoming referendum to recognise local government in the Australian Constitution, but you may not of heard of the $11.6 million the government is spending to educate you about it. Unfortunately, it seems that the government ministers themselves may require some more education about their proposed constitutional amendment. Constitutional expert Anne Twomey wrote a good takedown here of Anthony Albanese’s understanding of his…

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$17.3 million for more govt advertising

Posted: 1:59 pm on 16th May 2013

Australia has compulsory voting and the penalty for not voting is a nominal fine. But this hasn’t stopped the government announcing spending $7.3 million on a ‘Pre-election Enrolment Stimulation and Information Campaign’, to remind everyone that it is easier to vote now than ever before. And if the $8 million the government is spending advertising the fact that the Child Care Rebate is not means tested was not enough, the…

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$21.6 million for Captain Nemo movie

Posted: 11:43 am on 16th May 2013

The Budget confirmed just how much money it will cost Australian taxpayers to get Brad Pitt to film his new film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo… $21.6 million. The average Australian working full time earns about $70,000 a year and pays around $15,347 in tax.  Which is equivalent to more than 1,400 Australians working for a full year to pay the income tax required to ensure this movie…

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$4 million in budget for Vodafone call centre

Posted: 4:53 pm on 15th May 2013

This years budget also has a splash of corporate welfare for the Tasmanian electorate of Kingston. Taxpayers are forking out $4 million to expand, of all things, a call centre run by the Vodafone Hutchinson Australia company. Tasmania’s reputation as the beggar state of Australia is not without foundation, and this largesse enhances that reputation (to see just how bad the situation is, check out this article by Andrew Baker…

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$20m for computer games in Budget

Posted: 4:00 pm on 15th May 2013

In terms of annual revenue the computer game industry surpassed the film industry many years ago, but despite the extraordinary sums of money available to the savvy entrepreneur, the government has decided to step in and ‘help’. The 2013-14 Budget contains $20m over three years to establish the Australian Interactive Games Fund to ‘help support the development of the interactive video games industry in Australia’. Just think, the next time…

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$950k to pork barrel Independent’s electorates

Posted: 3:17 pm on 15th May 2013

The Budget should have enough pork to keep government aligned Independents Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor from voting against it in a no-confidence motion until the election this September. Tony Windsor’s electorate of New England is getting $540k for three projects to support community associations in Armidale, Inverell and Werris Creek. By comparison, Rob Oakeshott may have felt he got dudded when he found out that he only got $412k…

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