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SA helps teeny tiny multinational company

Posted: 9:08 am on 1st May 2015

Ah, we love the smell of corporate welfare in the morning! South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill lost no time setting up the Regional Development Fund after his election victory last year, pledging $15 million worth of grants each year, in a bid to improve the quality of booze at government parties… ah, “increase economic growth and productivity for regional South Australia,” we mean. Our apologies. It’s easy to get the two confused…

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Everything is Beautiful

Posted: 7:14 am on 16th April 2015

“Parts of the [earth’s] cultural or national heritage are of outstanding interest,” the drafters of the  1972 World Heritage Convention wrote, “and therefore need to be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole.” Of course, what they had in mind was Canberra’s venerable old Lobby restaurant. For those of you not familiar with the building, it dates from 1970, an age before iPhones and Justin Bieber, so ancient it…

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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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Taxpayer off the hook after live baiting scandal

Posted: 11:07 am on 24th March 2015

 It was almost a St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within days of the damning Four Corners report into live baiting across the greyhound  industry, aired on 16 February, the entire board of Greyhound Racing NSW was dismissed, and  the entire board of Greyhound Racing Victoria resigned, despite being cleared of wrongdoing  by the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner. The scandal looks set to rock the Australian greyhound industry, but Victorian taxpayers may see…

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The Commonwealth Games frenzy begins

Posted: 10:05 am on 23rd March 2015

 The Gold Coast still has three years before it hosts the Commonwealth Games, but already the  dollars, and the problems, are flowing. It’s estimated that the Games will cost the Queensland taxpayer at least $1.3 billion, but the Queensland Auditor-General has described the preparations as “not at the level of maturity required,” and work is already $77.9 million over budget. It’s not hard to see where all the money is going either….

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The apostrophe’s spectre

Posted: 12:18 pm on 19th March 2015

 A spectre is haunting Australia – the spectre of apostrophes. Or apostrophe’s. We can’t remember. Apostrophes’? That darned little mark has been the bane of many student’s – oops, students’ – lives, and its misuse generates more internet bile than many seemingly more important problems. Recognising all this, policy makers around Australia have done the only sensible thing. They have banded together, and banned it from the public sphere. No…

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Expensive Dell-ivery

Posted: 10:16 am on 13th March 2015

Browsing the contracts issued by Government Departments often leaves you with more questions than you had before…namely, who is in charge of brokering and agreeing to them. Just last week, The Department of Employment signed a contract for the procurement of 100 Dell Latitude Laptops, at the eye-popping price of $288,365. That works out at $2,883.65 per laptop. Excluding laptops designed to be used in extreme outdoor conditions (presumably not a concern for…

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A lot of hot air

Posted: 10:11 am on 2nd March 2015

According to a recent article in the Australian Financial Review, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, and Screen West, and you too, are contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to an anti-fracking documentary called Frackman. The documentary tracks Queensland resident, “pig shooter and accidental activist” Dayne Pratzsky on his escapades, including trespassing on private land, and getting arrested at anti-fracking protests. So far, Screen Australia has invested $200,000 of your money in the film,…

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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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And the consultancy spending goes on ….

Posted: 12:07 pm on 12th November 2014

In this time of supposed government austerity it always amazes WasteWatch that consultant’s fees seem to flow with ease. We were sparked to look at it again after a report in The Australian about the Victorian government As reported in The Australian, the Napthine government in Victoria has managed to spend $360 million on consultants over the last 3 financial years.  In 2011-12, nearly $100m was spent across the public…

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