Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Pollies’ flights cost $50k an hour

Posted: 10:15 am on 2nd December 2013

WasteWatch recently brought the lavish $150,000 Mistoffelees Express (Perth to Sydney, cats and dogs only) to your attention. It turns out our federal politicians are putting their feline and canine counterparts to shame. (Shock horror!) Fairfax Media reports that Defence Force jets are being used as pollie-shuttles, at a cost to the Australian taxpayer of $50,000 an hour. To fly a pollie one-way from Perth to Canberra costs $200,000, apparently;…

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$150k pet transport

Posted: 12:32 pm on 18th November 2013

The Australian government obviously has a soft spot for cats and dogs. WasteWatch recently brought you news of DFAT’s important Labrador export program. Now it turns out that cats and dogs are flying in luxury, thanks to the Australian taxpayer. Earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture spent $150,000 flying animals from the Byford quarantine facility near Perth, to Sydney. The animals were evacuated due to bushfire concerns. Is WasteWatch…

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$13 000 for a plagiarised report

Posted: 10:36 am on 10th October 2013

Every time they are about to submit an assignment, primary school and high school kids across the country receive a lecture on the evils of plagiarism. Similarly, every university student in the country is required to sign a cover sheet for their essays, saying the work is wholly their own. Apparently parliamentarians could do with a few reminders. It seems ACT shadow Education Minister Steve Doszpot did what every student…

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Flying high on taxpayer money

Posted: 10:24 am on 9th September 2013

One of the highlights of WasteWatch’s day is reading through the Parliamentarians’ Overseas Study Travel Reports, and watching flailing politicians desperately trying to justify their taxpayer-funded junkets. Volume Three of the most recent edition, which covers July-December 2012, is a case in point. Witness Labor Senator Claire Moore writing about her two-week $8,000 trip to Ireland in November last year, as part of the Australia-Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group: The overseas…

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Commonwealth Cab Addiction

Posted: 9:24 am on 7th May 2013

Catching a cab is expensive and handing over $100 dollars for a trip can leave a hole in your wallet.   It’s worse when you have to foot the bill for taxis you aren’t even catching! Government spending on taxis and transport is notorious; just ask Peter Slipper! WasteWatch has been checking out just how much the Commonwealth has been spending on cab fares and we found evidence that they had…

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