Archive for the ‘Local Government’ Category

Macrowaste on Microsoft

Posted: 10:56 am on 16th February 2015

Woops! You may recall back in October we brought news of 369 tablets sitting unused in the Department of Human Services just waiting to be re-homed. Well, unfortunately it appears that those at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau don’t read WasteWatch otherwise they could perhaps have saved themselves some money. A contract published in January shows that $19,514.77 was spent on procuring Microsoft Surface Pro 3s. It seems communication is a bit of a…

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$150,000 local government videos

Posted: 11:10 am on 7th July 2014

The CIS has long been a supporter of strengthening local government, looking forward to “this Tocquevillian vision of a free people organising its own local affairs in autonomy,” in the words of former CIS research fellow Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. However, there’s a difference between de Tocqueville, and making videos. Every year since 1986 the federal government has handed out a bunch of National Awards for Local Government. These are all…

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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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Get paid to walk in Boroondara!

Posted: 4:11 pm on 9th October 2013

Recently, WasteWatch brought you the news of the Federal Government funding yet another obesity report at a cost of $80 000 to the Australian taxpayer. Now it seems government has decided to do something about the problem. And no prizes for guessing what that response involves: throwing more money at the issue! Back in 2012, Boroondara Council in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs received $375 000 from the Australian taxpayer as part…

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$20k for fibro nostalgia

Posted: 11:09 am on 16th July 2013

Labor, the Coalition and the Greens all favour the constitutional amendment to recognise local government. They think it would ‘streamline’ the relationship between the Commonwealth and local governments. Local government could get money directly from the Commonwealth, allowing them to bypass the states. Here at WasteWatch, we think this is a recipe of profligate local governments, aided and abetted by the Commonwealth government. Without the states applying the necessary brakes local…

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$7.4 million racing pork barrel

Posted: 9:32 am on 3rd July 2013

Yesterday, Wastewatch posted about the $19 million spent on a race track in Toowoomba – $12 million to lay the artificial turf and another $7 million to rip it up and replace it with the natural stuff. Well there is also proof of taxpayer money being spent on another racetrack in Mackay – $7.4 m for the Ooralea Racecourse, which just happened to reside in the marginal seat of the…

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$19 million for racetrack (Wastetrack?)

Posted: 7:27 pm on 2nd July 2013

Sydneysiders will remember that the Oxford Street Rainbow Crossing, painted on in time for this year’s Mardi Gras festival cost $110,000 to lay down, only to be ripped up just weeks later for another $30,000. In an episode of waste reminiscent of the rainbow crossing debacle, it has been revealed by the commission of enquiry into the Queensland Racing board that the Queensland Government spent $12 million to install a…

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$10m extra for local govt recognition campaign.

Posted: 4:18 pm on 17th June 2013

The federal government is providing an extra $10.5 million in taxpayer money to educate taxpayers about the merit of the government’s plan to reduce the independence of local governments, in the guise of recognising them in the constitution. This is on top of the $11.6 million in federal money for a ‘national civics education campaign’ outlined in the budget to educate the public about the referendum. Taking into account contributions…

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$11.6m for ‘national civics education campaign’

Posted: 10:27 am on 23rd May 2013

You may have of already heard of the upcoming referendum to recognise local government in the Australian Constitution, but you may not of heard of the $11.6 million the government is spending to educate you about it. Unfortunately, it seems that the government ministers themselves may require some more education about their proposed constitutional amendment. Constitutional expert Anne Twomey wrote a good takedown here of Anthony Albanese’s understanding of his…

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