Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Clean Investments Need Cleaning Up!

Posted: 12:00 am on 13th March 2015

We bring you more news from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) who assess the efficacy of, amongst other things, the outcomes of government awarded grants. While you may still be coming to terms with the ineffective near-billion dollars spent on ethanol over the last decade, here’s another little scoop for you. The Clean Technology Investment Program was allocated $800 million to “assist manufacturers to invest in energy-efficient capital equipment and low-emissions technologies,…

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Gluten-free at the ARC

Posted: 1:00 pm on 17th February 2015

The Australian Research Council’s obsession with China just keeps boomeranging back to us here at WasteWatch. There was the $183,000 spent researching the rural workers of China, a $133,514 grant to study Chinese prostitution, and who could forget $246,000 to gain greater insight into Chinese celebrity? Well, not wanting to buck the trend, the ARC have continued their intrepid exploration into all things Chinese, this time in the name of…

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Canberra gamers

Posted: 9:00 am on 1st May 2014

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has just spent $10,000 of your money “finalising” a mobile phone game app called “Run the River.” Gamers must try to manage the waterflow of the Murray-Darling system, taking into account all the competing demands of different stakeholders. According to Simon Birmingham, Liberal Senator from South Australia and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, the game “very much reflects the challenges we face in the Murray-Darling…

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$10m to duplicate CSG regulatory processes

Posted: 2:27 pm on 19th June 2013

The Australian Financial Review reported yesterday that the government, for some reason, has decided to duplicate existing state government regulatory processes at the federal level: The Gillard government has conceded that new environmental regulations to require federal approval of coal seam gas and coal projects will essentially duplicate state assessments. The government also said it would not try and extend these changes to shale gas. The changes, requiring federal assessment of…

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