Archive for the ‘Political Parties’ Category

Some serious retail therapy

Posted: 1:56 pm on 30th March 2015

 Maybe it’s because Anthony Albanese’s been etching his opposition to data retention laws into the backs of all the chairs, just to make sure EVERYBODY knows it. Or maybe it’s because Tony Abbott’s onion breath has finally become too strong. Or maybe it’s just because of all the (policy) back-flips going on. All we know is that something is wearing out the furniture in the House of Representatives quicker than you can…

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It’s not just the MP’s gold passes that are costing us.

Posted: 10:36 am on 11th November 2014

What a surprise. The abolition of the Life Gold Pass Scheme for former MPs announced in the May budget is under attack. The scheme provided former MPs and senators with 10 free return airfares within Australia every year. Thankfully MPs and senators elected since 2012 do not qualify for the scheme. While the politicians fight to save this perk for their former colleagues, we think the government should also be looking…

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Vale, Kevin

Posted: 11:04 am on 29th January 2014

Kevin Rudd’s impending departure from federal Parliament will leave different readers with different reactions. Certainly, he has produced some good material for WasteWatch, such as his approach to Australia’s infrastructure problems, the similarities between Kevin and Evel Knievel, or the roll-call of Kevin’s napkin-based policy ideas. In thanks for all this help, WasteWatch thought we would have a look at how much the Feb 8 by-election in Griffith will cost…

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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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Pollies decorating at your expense

Posted: 11:40 am on 19th August 2013

Just last week, WasteWatch brought you news of the $34 000 taxpayer-funded art binge for public service offices. Now the pollies are getting in on the action. It seems interior decorating has become the new way to pass time in the halls of Parliament House. As we wait with bated breath for the most recent report on our parliamentarians’ expenditure, the July-December 2012 report makes interesting reading. Top of the…

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$1.25m stroll through Invermay Park

Posted: 9:52 am on 18th July 2013

The election is getting close, and the vote buying is just beginning. Over the next few months before the election, whenever that may be, watch the waste pile up as politicians attempt to secure votes with the public purse. Tony Abbott has kicked off the promise competition in Tasmania with his pledge to set aside $1.3 million of federal funds to upgrade Invermay Park in Launceston. According to Abbott, ‘Sporting…

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Still hope for cost cutting government waste

Posted: 11:42 am on 8th July 2013

Wastewatch is devoted to informing you about how your tax dollars are being wasted by government every day. And while the ongoing narrative is frustrating and aggravating, every now and then we get a glimmer of hope that it is actually possible to cut down on waste and reduce the burden of government. Today Wastewatch has some good news for taxpayers. The Australian Electoral Commission has announced they will not be…

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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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MPs spend small fortune talking to themselves

Posted: 2:25 pm on 2nd July 2013

Some will remember that in 2011 when Kevin Rudd was foreign minister (between his first and second stints as Prime Minister), he managed to spend more than $1 million in expenses travelling on 14 trips in the 12 months up to August 2011. Then Prime Minister Gillard even questioned Mr Rudd following reports of international trips costing up to $80,000 each. Well, it seems our new Prime Minister’s  phone bill…

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$58 million for political party ‘admin’ costs

Posted: 1:55 pm on 28th May 2013

Australia’s politicians have managed to prove the truth behind Adam Smith’s classic maxim about people of the same trade coming together in conversation but ending in a conspiracy against the public to raise prices. News has recently emerged about a proposed deal, negotiated in secret, between the ALP and Coalition to introduce laws that will give even more public money to political parties. The proposal is that for every vote…

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