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Road to Nowhere

Posted: 7:54 am on 27th February 2015

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) is turning heads here at WasteWatch. Its aim is to facilitate local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and provide good governance in the Australian territories. Sounds great, right? In keeping with their aims, a sum of $79,200 has been granted to deliver Road Safety Awareness courses in… Indonesia. Huh? Indonesia? While we celebrate globalisation here at WasteWatch, we can’t help feeling that entirely separate sovereign nations…

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Guardian’s WasteWatch slam needs a fact checker

Posted: 10:12 am on 23rd February 2015

To arms, dear readers! The honour of WasteWatch has been maligned. We are now, according to a recent article in the Guardian newspaper, part of a merry band of anti-intellectual “right-wing inquisitors” grinding evidence-based policy-making into the dust with our “crib guides to Hayek, von Mises, and Milton Friedman.” The trigger for this outburst seems to be the latest product of the Canberra rumour-mill: the suggestion that there may not…

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Nasty Neighbours

Posted: 8:17 am on 23rd February 2015

It seems that friendliness and empathy are the à la mode topics at the Australian Reseach Council for 2015. Never one to be partisan though, the ARC obviously feel that in light of their forage into renaissance Italian mates and a quest for compassion, the scales of Lady Justice were balanced unevenly in favour of good vibes. To remedy this, they’ve granted $182,600 to learn about the negative aspects of being…

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Gluten-free at the ARC

Posted: 1:00 pm on 17th February 2015

The Australian Research Council’s obsession with China just keeps boomeranging back to us here at WasteWatch. There was the $183,000 spent researching the rural workers of China, a $133,514 grant to study Chinese prostitution, and who could forget $246,000 to gain greater insight into Chinese celebrity? Well, not wanting to buck the trend, the ARC have continued their intrepid exploration into all things Chinese, this time in the name of…

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Macrowaste on Microsoft

Posted: 10:56 am on 16th February 2015

Woops! You may recall back in October we brought news of 369 tablets sitting unused in the Department of Human Services just waiting to be re-homed. Well, unfortunately it appears that those at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau don’t read WasteWatch otherwise they could perhaps have saved themselves some money. A contract published in January shows that $19,514.77 was spent on procuring Microsoft Surface Pro 3s. It seems communication is a bit of a…

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Terribly important plaques

Posted: 11:26 am on 11th February 2015

Remember ‘Citizenship Day’? That special day, September 17, set aside by the Howard government to “reflect on and celebrate being an Australian citizen”? That special day that has, so far, hoovered up nearly $2 million of your money? Well, the citizenship celebrations are back. You see, last year was the 65th anniversary of the coming into force of the Nationality and Citizenship Act, which established Australian citizenship for the first time….

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Ay, caramba!

Posted: 10:40 am on 10th February 2015

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade naturally works to promote Australia, and rightly so. But it seems to come at quite a cost. Browsing through their awarded grants of 2012/13 exposed that $40,000 was gifted to Grainger TV in accordance with the Council on Australia-Latin American Relations (COALAR). Whatever for? “The dubbing of four episodes of Travel Oz in Spanish and Portuguese for showing on cable TV in Latin…

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Red faces and empty pockets

Posted: 10:36 am on 10th February 2015

There might be some red faces around the federal Health Department at the moment. WasteWatch has unearthed a cryptic little contract, worth just over $11,000 of your money, for what could be a pretty costly moment of absent-mindedness. See, the contract is for “EDW Forgot Password Reset Functionality.” An EDW is an ‘enterprise data warehouse.’ They are big databases that companies and governments use to store all the information they’ve…

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A lightbulb moment that cost time and money!

Posted: 2:42 pm on 20th January 2015

We couldn’t let you miss this story in The Canberra Times.     Angst from ATO public servants over how long it took to change an office lightbulb ‘The number of public servants it takes to change a little bulb is quite a few. The Australian Taxation Office now no longer pulls out one or two light tubes from the roof if staff are complaining about brightness, according to internal correspondence….

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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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