Archive for the ‘State Government’ Category

Towards a ‘leaner’ state government

Posted: 12:05 pm on 28th October 2014

Wastewatch was excited to read the SMH article written by  the NSW Minister for Finance & Services, Dominic Perrottet.  What a refreshing degree of transparency! It starts with wanting to streamline the 400 shopfronts and 100 call centres operating across departments. Not to mention the quarter of a billion dollars spent each year on buying, selling and maintaining cars. Or the tens of millions of dollars used to provide their own IT…

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The Rocks’ make-over

Posted: 3:00 pm on 30th July 2014

Remember when WasteWatch told you about Sydney’s Rocks district’s $280,000 make-over? Just two and a half months after that original contract, which was to create some “style guidelines” and an “identity system” for the district, another contract worth nearly $200,000 was awarded to another company “to deliver a long term vision and ideas for refreshing The Rocks, Sydney.” Is this supposed to be different from the first contract? Or did the…

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Mayhem in the NT

Posted: 9:00 am on 24th July 2014

The CLP government in the Northern Territory faces a budget deficit of over $700 million, hence the “belt-tightening” measures in its latest budget. But some things are just too important to cut. For example: Territory Day, the anniversary of the Territory’s self-governance celebrated on July 1, is the only day Territorians are allowed to purchase and use fireworks. Our hard-working and hard-playing northern cousins certainly seem to make the most of…

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Advertising in WA

Posted: 9:00 am on 8th July 2014

The West Australian Auditor-General’s office has just released a report about Government Funded Advertising. Among the fun facts to emerge was the news that our western cousins spent “at least $45 million” of taxpayer money on media places for government advertising campaigns in just two years. However, that doesn’t cover the cost of developing the campaigns. The report estimates these development costs at about 30% of the final figure, which means the total cost to…

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ICT pork-barrelling in Victoria

Posted: 2:26 pm on 11th June 2014

Someone in the Napthine government must read WasteWatch. In a rebuke to WasteWatch’s insinuations that the Victorian government would deploy only low-grade sports-themed pork-barrelling techniques to claw back the November election, $3 million has just been set aside for ICT-themed pork-barrelling. According to The Age, among the funded initiatives in the ICT Workplace Development Plan are: a technology graduate employment program in the public service, practical technology advice for small and…

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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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Sporty pork in Victoria

Posted: 4:34 pm on 28th May 2014

The Napthine government is in a spot of bother down in Victoria. Since the resignation of Geoff Shaw, they are a minority government in a deteriorating position in the opinion polls, and they are staring down the barrel of an election in November this year. Luckily, they have at least one trusted weapon up their sleeve in the coming months: sports-themed pork-barrelling. WasteWatch spent much of the 2013 federal election…

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Balloon-mania

Posted: 4:00 pm on 14th May 2014

Sydney WasteWatchers will be familiar with Darling Harbour and its recent infestation of balloons. These enormous 20-foot high balloons on the sides of random buildings—which spell out various imperatives like EAT, DANCE, or SHOP—are one manifestation of Darling Habour’s new “inflatable brand identity,” courtesy of international brand consultancy Interbrand. According to David Storey, the general manager of the Sydney office of Interbrand: This isn’t just about a new brand identity,…

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Getting arty

Posted: 12:00 pm on 29th April 2014

The arts are a familiar hunting-ground for WasteWatch. We have already covered some of the more curious projects from the ACT, Western Australia, and at the federal level. Now it’s NSW’s turn. The lucky recipients of NSW’s 2013-14 Arts Funding Program were announced last October, but WasteWatch hasn’t had the chance to look through them until now. Golly, there are some crackers. How about $23,345 for the “creative development of…

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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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