Archive for the ‘Infrastructure’ Category

Trams Going Down a Black Hole in Canberra

Posted: 7:11 am on 14th April 2015

Canberra, we’re in trouble! Warnings from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) have urged Canberrans to ‘save their pennies’ in the wake of an ‘income recession’. While everyday tax payers are expected to shoulder the burdens of financial discipline, it seems that the  ACT government’s Infrastructure Program isn’t too worried after spending over $60, 000 on promotional material in an attempt to ‘sell’ Capital Metro’s already unfavourable $826.7…

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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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Christmas Island crabs strike it lucky

Posted: 12:27 pm on 26th June 2014

Christmas Island’s $54,000 crab bridge caused a bit of a stir when WasteWatch wrote about it early last year. Readers from opposite ends of the crab spectrum offered their thoughts. “It’s easy to sneer at actions taken to protect other species, but it is necessary to protect biodiversity and, ultimately, own our survival,” wrote one. “I think someone should sponsor a crab boil fundraiser on the other side of the bridge,”…

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$70,000 infrastructure video

Posted: 5:27 pm on 24th June 2014

Remember the ATO’s recent $50,000 video on the cash economy? WasteWatch could barely keep its eyes open, and yet, at the time of writing, the video had received nearly 6,000 hits on YouTube. And that certainly puts a Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development video to shame. See, the Department recently spent about $70,000 of taxpayer money producing a YouTube clip detailing the Abbott government’s infrastructure spending, according to a recent estimates hearing in…

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Roadmaps to planning reform

Posted: 2:07 pm on 5th June 2014

Dealing with the NSW planning authorities might well be at the top of any renovator’s list of nightmares. But fear not: The NSW government knows there is a problem and is working on a reform agenda. Not the same reform agenda that successive NSW governments have been tinkering with since at least 2003. This one is very different. And to show how serious this government is about delivering on the…

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$120k for National Telework Week

Posted: 8:58 am on 4th November 2013

Ever heard of National Telework Week? No, neither had WasteWatch. Until today. Apparently, telework is where a person works from a place other than an office, and uses technology to stay in touch with the office. The technology can range from phone calls, to Skype, to formal videoconferencing. So remember that bloke at your local cafe who monopolises an entire 6-person table with his laptop and manila folders, loudly answers…

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$110 million spent against Treasury advice

Posted: 5:28 pm on 1st October 2013

Months ago, WasteWatch brought you news of two Queensland racetracks, one in Toowoomba, one in Mackay, which cost the Queensland taxpayer  over $25 million. The racetrack at Toowoomba was one of 37 projects awarded by Racing Queensland Ltd between 2007 and 2012 without a public tender process. The ‘drought-proof’ synthetic surface, laid down at a cost of $12 million, later had to be ripped up, at a cost of $7…

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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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$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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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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