Posts Tagged ‘Australian Electoral Commission’

Spender in the Grass

Posted: 9:00 am on 9th July 2014

Do you know what a Pnau is? Do you think Chet Faker is a misspelling? Thought you learnt everything worth knowing about British Sea Power in your high school history classes? Chances are, then, you’ve never been to the Splendour in the Grass music festival. Chances are, you probably haven’t even heard of it. But you’ve paid for it. See, the festival was set up by two music companies in…

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Oops again

Posted: 9:00 am on 30th April 2014

Yes, yes, we did promise this would be the last update on the AEC’s WA Senate mistake. But WasteWatch just can’t let sleeping dogs lie. Or lying dogs sleep. Or something. Anyway, we’re very sorry for lying to you. We’ve had to write another post because the cost to the taxpayer has simply soared since our last one. For instance, there’s been a $276,924 hit to the Australian taxpayer for rental of…

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Oops

Posted: 10:46 am on 10th March 2014

This will be the last update on the AEC’s WA Senate mistake, WasteWatch promises! At first, WasteWatch thought the cost to the taxpayer of that little error was just over half-a-million dollars. Then, a little while later, another $209,000 in market research popped up. Now, a staggering half-a-million dollars has been added to the price-tag in a little over a week. This includes: —  nearly $160,000 for the preparation and…

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AEC mistake #2

Posted: 12:18 pm on 19th February 2014

Remember when WasteWatch brought to your attention the half-a-million-dollar price-tag for the Australian Electoral Commission’s WA Senate mistake? It turns out that price-tag wasn’t quite correct. Mea culpa. It’s higher. The AEC has recently signed two more contracts (here and here) for market research for a “possible WA Senate election.” These two contracts add another $209,000 to the overall cost of the AEC’s error. Given that the recent by-election in…

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Vale, Kevin

Posted: 11:04 am on 29th January 2014

Kevin Rudd’s impending departure from federal Parliament will leave different readers with different reactions. Certainly, he has produced some good material for WasteWatch, such as his approach to Australia’s infrastructure problems, the similarities between Kevin and Evel Knievel, or the roll-call of Kevin’s napkin-based policy ideas. In thanks for all this help, WasteWatch thought we would have a look at how much the Feb 8 by-election in Griffith will cost…

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Taxpayer pays for AEC mistake

Posted: 9:47 am on 9th January 2014

Remember that awkward moment after last year’s federal election when the Australian Electoral Commission forgot where it put 1,375 Western Australians’ votes? Well, it turns out  – unsurprisingly, really – that that was sort of an expensive mistake. And, of course, the Australian taxpayer got lumped with the cost. First up, the AEC is paying Swinburne University of Technology nearly $20,000 of your money to conduct a review of the academic…

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CIS Podcast ep 21 – week ending 20 September 2013

Posted: 4:55 pm on 20th September 2013

Episode 21 – produced for the week ending 20 September 2013   Topics Ongoing turmoil in the Middle East,  the new government and the latest from Wastewatch with Trish Jha, Ben Herscovitch and Andrew Baker Produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS foreign policy expert Ben Herscovitch, and friends of the podcast Trisha Jha and Andrew Baker to…

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$20k for fibro nostalgia

Posted: 11:09 am on 16th July 2013

Labor, the Coalition and the Greens all favour the constitutional amendment to recognise local government. They think it would ‘streamline’ the relationship between the Commonwealth and local governments. Local government could get money directly from the Commonwealth, allowing them to bypass the states. Here at WasteWatch, we think this is a recipe of profligate local governments, aided and abetted by the Commonwealth government. Without the states applying the necessary brakes local…

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Still hope for cost cutting government waste

Posted: 11:42 am on 8th July 2013

Wastewatch is devoted to informing you about how your tax dollars are being wasted by government every day. And while the ongoing narrative is frustrating and aggravating, every now and then we get a glimmer of hope that it is actually possible to cut down on waste and reduce the burden of government. Today Wastewatch has some good news for taxpayers. The Australian Electoral Commission has announced they will not be…

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$10m extra for local govt recognition campaign.

Posted: 4:18 pm on 17th June 2013

The federal government is providing an extra $10.5 million in taxpayer money to educate taxpayers about the merit of the government’s plan to reduce the independence of local governments, in the guise of recognising them in the constitution. This is on top of the $11.6 million in federal money for a ‘national civics education campaign’ outlined in the budget to educate the public about the referendum. Taking into account contributions…

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