Archive for the ‘2013 Election’ Category

Oops again

Posted: 9:00 am on 30th April 2014

Yes, yes, we did promise this would be the last update on the AEC’s WA Senate mistake. But WasteWatch just can’t let sleeping dogs lie. Or lying dogs sleep. Or something. Anyway, we’re very sorry for lying to you. We’ve had to write another post because the cost to the taxpayer has simply soared since our last one. For instance, there’s been a $276,924 hit to the Australian taxpayer for rental of…

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A pool of money

Posted: 10:37 am on 24th March 2014

Kevin-747 certainly did have a taste for spending taxpayer money on sport in Australia. Remember the $166,000 on the arenacross track down in Victoria? Or the $800,000 to an AFL club in north Brisbane? Or the whopping $15 million for a new Townsville stadium? So it was no surprise when the Rudd Government committed another $7.5 million of taxpayer money to build an aquatic centre in the Fleurieu Peninsula in…

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Oops

Posted: 10:46 am on 10th March 2014

This will be the last update on the AEC’s WA Senate mistake, WasteWatch promises! At first, WasteWatch thought the cost to the taxpayer of that little error was just over half-a-million dollars. Then, a little while later, another $209,000 in market research popped up. Now, a staggering half-a-million dollars has been added to the price-tag in a little over a week. This includes: —  nearly $160,000 for the preparation and…

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AEC mistake #2

Posted: 12:18 pm on 19th February 2014

Remember when WasteWatch brought to your attention the half-a-million-dollar price-tag for the Australian Electoral Commission’s WA Senate mistake? It turns out that price-tag wasn’t quite correct. Mea culpa. It’s higher. The AEC has recently signed two more contracts (here and here) for market research for a “possible WA Senate election.” These two contracts add another $209,000 to the overall cost of the AEC’s error. Given that the recent by-election in…

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Vale, Kevin

Posted: 11:04 am on 29th January 2014

Kevin Rudd’s impending departure from federal Parliament will leave different readers with different reactions. Certainly, he has produced some good material for WasteWatch, such as his approach to Australia’s infrastructure problems, the similarities between Kevin and Evel Knievel, or the roll-call of Kevin’s napkin-based policy ideas. In thanks for all this help, WasteWatch thought we would have a look at how much the Feb 8 by-election in Griffith will cost…

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Taxpayer pays for AEC mistake

Posted: 9:47 am on 9th January 2014

Remember that awkward moment after last year’s federal election when the Australian Electoral Commission forgot where it put 1,375 Western Australians’ votes? Well, it turns out  – unsurprisingly, really – that that was sort of an expensive mistake. And, of course, the Australian taxpayer got lumped with the cost. First up, the AEC is paying Swinburne University of Technology nearly $20,000 of your money to conduct a review of the academic…

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$63 000 of confusing change

Posted: 4:27 pm on 8th October 2013

Change is afoot at the former Department for Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, but those in charge seem to think Salvador Dali is their patron saint, taking to heart his command that “what is important is to spread confusion, not to eliminate it.” Two weeks before the recent Federal election, DIICCSRTE signed a contract with professional networking website LinkedIn. For a mere $52 000 of taxpayer…

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Coalition targets ARC’s weird and wonderful grants list

Posted: 6:11 pm on 18th September 2013

The Australian Research Council has been getting some attention recently. Days before the election, the Coalition announced it would redirect some $900 million worth of funds from some weird and wonderful research projects, “to deliver funds to where they’re really needed.” WasteWatch is no stranger to the joys of reading through the ARC grants list (which can be found here and here). We have previously brought you news of one…

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Craig Thomson’s taxpayer funded goldmine

Posted: 6:07 pm on 16th September 2013

Embattled former Labor member for Dobell, Craig Thomson, must be laughing after Saturday’s election. So far, Mr Thomson, standing as an independent, has received around 3000 votes, which is about 4.0%. It is a far cry from the nearly 40 000 he received in 2010. Nevertheless, he will be laughing all the way to the bank. Changes to parliamentary entitlements in 2011 meant that, even though parliamentarians lost their taxpayer-funded…

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A $16 million corporate sweetener

Posted: 10:01 am on 10th September 2013

First it was Chiko rolls, now it’s chocolate. After years of somewhat sour politics, Tony Abbott seems determined to sweeten things up a little. The new Prime Minister recently promised that the Coalition would contribute $16 million towards ‘factory upgrades’ in the Cadbury factory nestled in Claremont, in Hobart’s north. The announcement must have been received with a few snickers by the Coalition’s small government supporters, but Mr Abbott said…

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