Archive for the ‘Taxation’ Category

Changing the conversation

Posted: 10:48 am on 6th March 2015

“If you don’t like what’s being said,” ad-man Don Draper once told a prospective client, “change the conversation.” Joe Hockey seems to be taking a leaf out of the Mad Men playbook. At your expense, of course. According to a recent Fairfax Media article, the Treasurer thinks the Australian public has insufficient reformist zeal. To counter this disastrous situation, he is about to embark on a $650,000 attempt to “convince people of the need”…

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Cannes the ATO win a prize this time?

Posted: 8:51 am on 27th January 2015

They’re tenacious, you’ve got to give them that. See, the Australian Taxation Office has obviously just begun yet another campaign to set the cinematic world alight. Remember their first $30,000 animated effort? Or their second $50,000 effort, including a rip-snorter of an interview about the cash economy with ATO Senior Assistant Commissioner Michael Hardy? Well, it seems like ATO videos, like the Punic Wars, come in threes. Details about this latest…

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What price for reaffirmation?

Posted: 10:48 am on 25th March 2014

The Australian Taxation Office is at it again. WasteWatch has previously brought to your attention the ATO’s desperate attempts to beat Leonardo DiCaprio to an Oscar. Now it seems they’re spending your money on ‘reaffirmation’. WasteWatch has uncovered a contract between the ATO and market research company Colmar Brunton worth nearly $35,000. The contract is for “concept testing research for the ATP/Project Wickenby joint advertising campaign”. Project Wickenby, set up…

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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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How much would you pay for a Chiko roll?

Posted: 11:59 am on 28th August 2013

NSW Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner obviously remembers the glory days of the Chiko roll. Do you? Do you remember wandering the streets late at night after a university party, and suddenly being confronted by the Chiko Chick, clad in oh-so-tight red leather? Andrew Stoner does. Do you remember the rocking 1970s, when Daddy Cool, AC/DC, the Skyhooks, and Cold Chisel stalked the earth, and Australians consumed over 40 million Chiko…

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$7.6m for two new govt funded think tanks

Posted: 2:57 pm on 15th May 2013

The 2013-14 Budget has new funding for not one but two new think tanks. The government is providing $4.6 million over four years to set up the Andrew Fisher Applied Policy Institute for Ageing.  Andrew Fisher was Prime Minister of Australia on three seperate occassions from 1908 to 1915, during which time the foundations of the Australian welfare state were established (namely the Age Pension and the Invalid Pension). While…

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