Archive for the ‘Welfare’ Category

$17.3 million for more govt advertising

Posted: 1:59 pm on 16th May 2013

Australia has compulsory voting and the penalty for not voting is a nominal fine. But this hasn’t stopped the government announcing spending $7.3 million on a ‘Pre-election Enrolment Stimulation and Information Campaign’, to remind everyone that it is easier to vote now than ever before. And if the $8 million the government is spending advertising the fact that the Child Care Rebate is not means tested was not enough, the…

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$8m in advertising for welfare payments

Posted: 2:15 pm on 15th May 2013

While this years budget has seen cuts to the Baby Bonus and another indexation freeze for family tax benefits, as with any federal budget, there are always little spending measures that are getting more money than they deserve. Wastewatch has been going through the budget papers and finding all these little budget items that will likely get lost in warm glow surrounding massive new spending measures like the National Disability…

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The $2 million Child Support Agency lottery ‘win’

Posted: 10:24 am on 23rd April 2013

Welfare spending is a big issue confronting Australian governments. It’s an even bigger issue┬ánow that the government has taken to (accidentally) giving out lottery sized payments to its customers. One (un)lucky Brisbane mother of three received $2,022,012 in a single Child Support Agency (CSA) payment after a public servant accidentally typed the date (02/02/2012) into the section where the correct payment of about $3,000 should have been entered. Instead of…

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