Archive for the ‘Health’ 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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Red faces and empty pockets

Posted: 10:36 am on 10th February 2015

There might be some red faces around the federal Health Department at the moment. WasteWatch has unearthed a cryptic little contract, worth just over $11,000 of your money, for what could be a pretty costly moment of absent-mindedness. See, the contract is for “EDW Forgot Password Reset Functionality.” An EDW is an ‘enterprise data warehouse.’ They are big databases that companies and governments use to store all the information they’ve…

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Sausage sizzlers, unite!

Posted: 3:02 pm on 12th December 2014

A time-honoured plank of Australian culture is under threat in New South Wales. The ancient sausage-sizzle-after-Saturday-sport tradition (“such stuff as dreams are made on”) is firmly in the sights of the NSW Health Department. Having signed on to the Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013-2018, the latest in a series of obesity reports and plans, the Department clearly feels obliged to throw good money after bad. The latest spending…

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MasterNanny

Posted: 2:40 pm on 21st May 2014

The Australian National Preventative Health Agency (a.k.a. the Nanny) has been in WasteWatch’s sights recently. This time it turns out they’ve been using nearly $200,000 of your money to develop a cookbook. Some of the recipes are real killers. For instance, the baked beans on toast one is pretty complicated. Ditto the chicken and avo sarnie. Or how about the one entitled “Daily Snack – banana and yoghurt“? Can you guess…

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The Nanny-State, Episode IV

Posted: 10:00 am on 24th April 2014

WasteWatch readers are no strangers to the Australian National Preventative Health Agency. First, there was the $451,000 contract for one lucky Perth company to have a few beers at the taxpayer’s expense. Next, there was the ANPHA’s brief dalliance with boy band One Direction, which included more taxpayer-funded pop merchandise than WasteWatch will ever be comfortable with. Finally, there was the ANPHA’s $30,000 attempt to make the website for their anti-binge-drinking…

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It’s never too early for advertising

Posted: 10:17 am on 20th February 2014

After the federal election last year, WasteWatch brought you the news that the new Coalition government would not only retain the Rudd Government’s tobacco tax increase, but would brag about it too. Now it seems the Coalition has branched out. Not only do they advertise tax increases, they also advertise policies that don’t exist yet. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Department of Finance has recently signed a $211,000…

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Obesity is big business

Posted: 10:30 am on 21st January 2014

Obesity is big business these days, if you’ll pardon the pun. Remember the $80,000 of your money given to a Victorian consulting firm last year for “research on inactive youth”? No, WasteWatch didn’t think so. You might have gotten it mixed up with the National Physical Activity Survey. Or any of these three surveys: Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. Active Australia Survey. National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians. Then…

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$110k advertising for taxes

Posted: 8:59 am on 29th November 2013

Earlier this year, WasteWatch brought you news of the $5.5 million of your money spent advertising the Schoolkids Bonus, which was automatically paid to recipients of the Family Tax Benefit A anyway, and the $8 million advertising campaign to tell Australians that the Childcare Rebate was not means-tested. Now the Coalition has racked up its first tax advertising campaign. Before the recent federal election, the Rudd government announced a massive…

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Another $30k in the war on binge drinking

Posted: 10:37 am on 6th November 2013

Tackling binge drinking seems to be all the rage in Canberra at the moment. WasteWatch has already brought you news of the lucky Perth company paid to conduct ‘formative research’ on the Australian drinking culture. Also, a Surfers Paradise company recently got some of your money to screen anti-binge drinking ads at One Direction concerts, as part of the ‘Be the Influence’ campaign. But it seems Australians are still drinking…

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Binge drinking at a One Direction concert?

Posted: 10:35 am on 30th October 2013

Tackling binge drinking seems to be all the rage right now. Recently, WasteWatch brought you news of the lucky Perth market research company that received $451,000 to conduct ‘formative research’ on binge drinking. But the government expenditure doesn’t stop there. The Australian National Preventative Health Agency has recently signed a contract with a Surfers Paradise company, wonderfully called Outdoor Revolutions Pty Ltd. Putting to one side those latent fears of…

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