Posted: 12:07 pm on 9th July 2013

Harmony Day is a day where we all get together to celebrate our cultural differences. While we have no problem with celebrating diversity at work, we hardly think the taxpayer should cough up $93,000 for the privilege.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has completed a tender process for production and supply of Harmony Day 2014 stickers at a cost of $39,171,  as well as spending $53,900 on balloons for the event.

Harmony Day‘s motto this year is ‘Many stories, one Australia’. Well, we here at Wastewatch think this is just one more story of needless government waste.

But Australian governments are not the only ones wasting precious tax dollars on a feel-good spending spree.

Our American cousins across the pond witnessed the US State Department  caught red-handed by their independent watchdog for spending over $600,000 for a two-year period for Facebook ‘likes’.

“Many in the bureau criticise the advertising campaigns as ‘buying fans’ who may have once clicked on a post or ‘liked’ a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further,” read the report released late last month.

This spend probably made more enemies than it did friends.

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