Posted: 10:44 am on 4th December 2013

money-airAfter the recent federal election, the Coalition decided to rename the Department Immigration and Citizenship. It is now the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Over the last twenty years, the Department has gone through five name changes.

In 1993, it was the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. In 1996, that changed to the more politically correct Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. In 2001, Indigenous Affairs was added, only to disappear again in 2006. In 2007, the Department lost Multicultural Affairs and gained Citizenship, and finally, this year, lost Citizenship and gained Border Protection.

These shifting sands of nomenclature don’t come cheap either.

At the Senate estimates hearings on Tuesday, it emerged that this most recent departmental name change has so far cost the Australian taxpayer $195,000.

This is pretty cheap, as far as name changes go, however.

The 2007 change to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship required new staff uniforms to be made, at a cost of $500,000 of your money.

Even worse, adding the motto “People – our business” to the departmental coffee cups cost $26,700.

Here’s an idea: pick a name and stick with it!

William Shrubb, Research Assistant, WasteWatch

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