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Farewell for the moment

Posted: 5:49 pm on 3rd July 2015

Dear WasteWatch reader, Over the last few years, WasteWatch has developed a small niche in the Centre for Independent Studies’ TARGET30 program to reduce the size of government. We have opened many an intern’s eye as they researched the levels of incidental waste in government departments. We have been quoted in local and regional newspapers in every state and territory in Australia, as well as in national newspapers like The Australian and The Guardian and have…

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The Real ‘Bigger Picture’

Posted: 8:19 am on 27th May 2015

With government debt in Western Australia looming towards $30 billion dollars, it’s hard to imagine a more wasteful misuse of taxpayer’s funds than the $8.6 million dollar advertising campaign for the ‘Bigger Picture’ series of infrastructure projects, including the new Perth stadium and the Fiona Stanley Hospital. The projects themselves are designed to create a more ‘vibrant city’ that Western Australians are ‘proud to call home’, but the majority of…

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Keeping up Appearances

Posted: 3:54 pm on 28th April 2015

National security is a pivotal area of concern for today’s pollies, and defence spending seems to go by largely unscrutinised. You’d think the Government would have little money left to spend, with $40 billion possibly being spent on submarines and $13.5 billion on Joint Strike Fighter Jets. However it seems that appearances are also high on the defence agenda. Apparently, the Federal Government is about to fork out an estimated $500…

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It’s a wonderful life

Posted: 10:00 am on 14th April 2015

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Increasing Interest in Italy

Posted: 9:32 am on 9th April 2015

Remember when WasteWatch brought you news of the Australian Research Council’s interest in Machiavelli’s mates? Well don’t let yourself think that their interest in Italy is simply limited to that. Not at all. See, in reviewing the ARC’s Future Fellowships grants, WasteWatch has come across another inquiry into Italy. $850,784.00 has been granted in pursuit of finding out more about Catherine de Medici through her correspondence, and “promises an exciting new analysis of a…

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Agree to disagree…

Posted: 1:43 am on 25th March 2015

Here at WasteWatch we’ve been trawling through some older grants for projects that are due to finish this year, in order to look out for them over the course of 2015. The ARC’s five year plans have highlighted some curious ways to spend your money. One of particular interest is a $575,000 grant which started in 2011.  The project clarifies the problem it will solve: “Disagreements sometimes seem to be about…

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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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Clean Investments Need Cleaning Up!

Posted: 12:00 am on 13th March 2015

We bring you more news from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) who assess the efficacy of, amongst other things, the outcomes of government awarded grants. While you may still be coming to terms with the ineffective near-billion dollars spent on ethanol over the last decade, here’s another little scoop for you. The Clean Technology Investment Program was allocated $800 million to “assist manufacturers to invest in energy-efficient capital equipment and low-emissions technologies,…

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Dreaming of a Grant

Posted: 10:47 am on 6th March 2015

We bring you news of the Future Fellowships scheme. It claims to support research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. With this in mind, here’s a five year grant from 2014 that has been awarded $843,142.00. Wowzer! It really must be critically and nationally important to warrant nearly one million dollars worth of funding. What could it be? Well…WasteWatch is…

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Friendly Feelings

Posted: 12:01 pm on 4th March 2015

I know at WasteWatch we go on about the ARC grants but they keep giving.  Now we love it when people get along, but a $179, 700 tax-payer funded investigation into being friendly is pushing it. Especially when the friends being investigated died 500 years ago and are from the Apennine peninsula. The grant gave one lucky researcher the chance to examine “concord among humanists, philosophers, theologians, poets and political writers during…

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