Posts Tagged ‘Department of Agriculture’

The cost of change

Posted: 4:00 pm on 26th April 2015

Remember when it cost the Australian taxpayer $195,000 to change the name of the then Department of Immigration and Citizenship to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection? Well, after the 2013 federal election, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry decided to get in on the action, shortening its name to just the Department of Agriculture. The change was part of an admirable – in WasteWatch’s opinion – move…

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Resilience training

Posted: 4:30 pm on 12th May 2014

Australian public servants have long been receiving taxpayer-funded training sessions.There was the “fulfilment training” for the staff at the Bureau of Meteorology. There were the “experiential poetry sessions” for one lucky worker at IP Australia. Now the same agency will offer its workers training in “mindfulness” and “presenteeism.” IP Australia has given nearly $20,000 of your money to a Victorian company for some “Master Your Mind Resilience Training” for its staff this year….

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$125k breeding program for non-endangered species

Posted: 1:09 pm on 9th December 2013

You wouldn’t really use taxpayer money to set up a breeding program for the sandy wallaby, would you, dear reader? Any WasteWatcher from Far North Queensland, or Darwin, or really anywhere tropical in Australia, could tell you that they are a dime a dozen. Same with the brush-turkey, right? Any WasteWatcher starting a garden on Sydney’s North Shore would tell you, in the immortal words of Kevin Costner, “if you…

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An $88k review of an architectural environment?

Posted: 10:52 am on 20th November 2013

The federal government sure does spend its (your) money in some odd ways. The Department of Agriculture has recently given $88,000 of your money to a Melbourne-based consultancy firm, to undertake a review of the ‘department’s architectural environment.’ Yes, dear reader, you read that right. Their ‘architectural environment.’ The Department has a fancy new building down in Canberra at the moment. Is it not living up to expectations? Is the…

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$150k pet transport

Posted: 12:32 pm on 18th November 2013

The Australian government obviously has a soft spot for cats and dogs. WasteWatch recently brought you news of DFAT’s important Labrador export program. Now it turns out that cats and dogs are flying in luxury, thanks to the Australian taxpayer. Earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture spent $150,000 flying animals from the Byford quarantine facility near Perth, to Sydney. The animals were evacuated due to bushfire concerns. Is WasteWatch…

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