Posts Tagged ‘election’

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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CIS Podcast ep 26 – week ending 25 October 2013

Posted: 3:03 pm on 25th October 2013

Episode 26 – produced for the week ending 25 October 2013   Topics Does the Coalition government mean Gonski is goneski? Social cohesion and multiculturalism Debt ceilings, deficits and the Commission of Audit With Jen Buckingham and Will Shrubb, produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS education expert Jen Buckingham to talk about funding and Will Shrubb casts…

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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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CIS Podcast ep 19 – week ending 6 September 2013

Posted: 3:14 pm on 6th September 2013

Episode 19 – produced for the week ending 6th of September 2013   Topics The rebellion in Syria The final week of the Australian election campaign with Trish Jha, Ben Herscovitch and Jeremy Sammut  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 Jeremy Sammut to talk…

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CIS Podcast ep 18 – week ending 23 August 2013

Posted: 5:12 pm on 24th August 2013

Episode 18 – produced for the week ending 23rd of August 2013   Topics Cuts or reforms to the public service Leadership and vision in politics Spending promises and TARGET30 with Alex Philipatos and Robert Carling   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS industrial relations expert Alex Philipatos to talk public sector workforce reform and Robert Carling to about the election. Topics Are cuts to…

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CIS Podcast ep 17 – week ending 16 August 2013

Posted: 7:32 pm on 16th August 2013

Episode 17 – produced for the week ending 16th of August 2013   Topics A special economic zone in Northern Australia Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook Egypt – autocracy, democracy and Islam with Trisha Jha and Ben Herscovitch   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS foreign policy expert Ben Herscovitch (in person!) to talk foreign policy, and Trisha Jha puts the election…

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A graveyard of broken promises

Posted: 12:14 pm on 13th August 2013

In the lead-up to the September election, hundreds of millions of dollars of funding will be promised by politicians across the spectrum. Already, Kevin Rudd has promised $710 million in just two days, while Tony Abbott goes into the election with a $4.3 billion paid parental leave scheme, and a $2.5 billion decision to cut the company tax rate. But how many of these promises will actually come to pass?…

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