Posts Tagged ‘Department of Immigration’

The $330,000 Empty Room

Posted: 12:00 pm on 7th August 2014

Hiring audio-visual equipment? $10,000. Renting stage lights? $30,000. Buying a door knob? $800. Having a perfectly equipped media briefing room and never using it? Certainly not priceless. If you’re an Australian taxpayer, the price was closer to $330,000. That’s the amount of your money that the Department of Immigration and Border Control has spent on building a media briefing room in Canberra. The room has been sitting empty since its…

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$27k for ‘media positioning analysis’

Posted: 1:32 pm on 18th December 2013

Remember those full-page ads that ran in every Australian newspaper in the lead-up to the recent federal election? You know, the ones that warned all those prospective asylum seekers lucky enough to have Australian newspaper subscriptions that “You won’t be settled in Australia”? At the time, WasteWatch found the $40,000 contract to conduct ‘tracing market research’, presumably to cold-call Indonesian people-smugglers to see if they had changed their business model….

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What’s in a name?

Posted: 10:44 am on 4th December 2013

After 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,…

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