Archive for the ‘2013 Election’ Category

Kevin’s $15 million sports fascination

Posted: 9:55 am on 5th September 2013

Kevin Rudd seems to have a fascination with sport this election. Perhaps it is just insecurity. His chin-up routine does need some work, and he has recently copped some flak on the campaign trail for re-enacting former Prime Minister John Howard’s ‘morning constitutional’. However, WasteWatch wonders if insecurity is a good enough reason for the Prime Minister’s decision to spend $15 million of your money on ‘detailed design work’ for…

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Evel Knievel makes an election appearance

Posted: 11:35 am on 4th September 2013

Can you see the similarities between Evel Knievel and Kevin Rudd? No, neither can WasteWatch. But that hasn’t stopped the Rudd Government from giving $166,000 of your money to the Robinvale & District Motorcycle Club, to upgrade their “Arena X Track”. What, you might ask, is an “Arena X Track”? Arena X, or arenacross, is a modified version of supercross. What, you might ask, is supercross? Well, it’s a modified…

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Getting trigger happy with $100m

Posted: 1:41 pm on 3rd September 2013

It seems the Coalition has been getting a little trigger happy with your money. The recent Coalition policy to tackle crime includes a $100 million boost to Customs, to crack down on illegal gun imports. According to the Coalition: The cuts ordered by the Rudd-Gillard Labor Government mean 4.7 million fewer cargo, consignment and package inspections occur at our ports and airports each year. There are nor 4.7 million more…

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$1.8 million to be ‘in like Flynn’

Posted: 12:18 pm on 27th August 2013

The electorate of Flynn, in regional Queensland, is a key marginal seat in the upcoming Federal election. The new seat was first contested in the 2007 election, when Labor candidate Chris Trevor emerged victorious. However, since 2010 it has been held by LNP member Ken O’Dowd, with a margin of just under 4%. Kevin Rudd is desperately attempting to regain the seat, amidst reports that Queensland marginal seats could hold…

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Grandstanding in marginal seats

Posted: 11:00 am on 26th August 2013

It would be odd indeed if the deposition of a Victorian Prime Minister had led to an AFL cartel taking over the Labor Government. But it seems increasingly likely. Recently, the Rudd Government announced an $800,000 fillip to the Aspley Hornets AFL Club. The club is apparently one of the largest AFL clubs in the country, and it desperately needs some new grass and some new stands. It’s also in…

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Australia’s most pressing infrastructure problem?

Posted: 1:31 pm on 21st August 2013

Surely it’s one of Australia’s most pressing infrastructure problems. Facing a budget black hole, with the 2012-13 deficit projected to be somewhere in the vicinity of $25 billion, and the 2013-24 deficit is projected to be around $20 billion, Australians could be forgiven for thinking the election would be a bit light on pork barrel promises. But they would be wrong. Amongst the various infrastructure promises made so far in…

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Tracking people smugglers in marginal seats

Posted: 11:40 am on 20th August 2013

Chances are you’ve seen one of the ads. You know, those full-page, bleak ads that warn the inhabitants of every marginal seat around the country that “You won’t be settled in Australia”. The Rudd Government’s anti-people smuggling advertising blitz has already run into trouble. No information campaign has yet been conducted in Pakistan, Iran, or Afghanistan, although ads have been placed in neighbourhood newspapers in the marginal Sydney electorates of…

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Golf watch

Posted: 1:26 pm on 14th August 2013

Three months ago, WasteWatch brought you the news that $47 000 of your money was spent at Christmas Island Golf Club. It seems the Federal Government’s golf fascination has grown. According to the Pre-Election Fiscal and Economic Outlook released yesterday, Karratha Country Club in Western Australia is the lucky recipient of $400,000 of your money to help with ‘grassing their greens’. For non-golfers out there, the ‘green’ is that neat…

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A graveyard of broken promises

Posted: 12:14 pm on 13th August 2013

In the lead-up to the September election, hundreds of millions of dollars of funding will be promised by politicians across the spectrum. Already, Kevin Rudd has promised $710 million in just two days, while Tony Abbott goes into the election with a $4.3 billion paid parental leave scheme, and a $2.5 billion decision to cut the company tax rate. But how many of these promises will actually come to pass?…

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…and the vote buying continues

Posted: 11:45 am on 22nd July 2013

Three weeks ago WasteWatch highlighted that the Queensland government spent $7.4m on a racetrack in Mackay in the lead up to the state election. The Ooralea racecourse is not a major hub for horse racing in Queensland, but it was in the marginal seat of then Racing Minister, Tim Mulherin. As we were expecting, the vote-buying for the federal election was just about to begin. The Australian has reported that…

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