Posts Tagged ‘health’

Clean Investments Need Cleaning Up!

Posted: 12:00 am on 13th March 2015

We bring you more news from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) who assess the efficacy of, amongst other things, the outcomes of government awarded grants. While you may still be coming to terms with the ineffective near-billion dollars spent on ethanol over the last decade, here’s another little scoop for you. The Clean Technology Investment Program was allocated $800 million to “assist manufacturers to invest in energy-efficient capital equipment and low-emissions technologies,…

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Red faces and empty pockets

Posted: 10:36 am on 10th February 2015

There might be some red faces around the federal Health Department at the moment. WasteWatch has unearthed a cryptic little contract, worth just over $11,000 of your money, for what could be a pretty costly moment of absent-mindedness. See, the contract is for “EDW Forgot Password Reset Functionality.” An EDW is an ‘enterprise data warehouse.’ They are big databases that companies and governments use to store all the information they’ve…

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Sausage sizzlers, unite!

Posted: 3:02 pm on 12th December 2014

A time-honoured plank of Australian culture is under threat in New South Wales. The ancient sausage-sizzle-after-Saturday-sport tradition (“such stuff as dreams are made on”) is firmly in the sights of the NSW Health Department. Having signed on to the Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013-2018, the latest in a series of obesity reports and plans, the Department clearly feels obliged to throw good money after bad. The latest spending…

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MasterNanny

Posted: 2:40 pm on 21st May 2014

The Australian National Preventative Health Agency (a.k.a. the Nanny) has been in WasteWatch’s sights recently. This time it turns out they’ve been using nearly $200,000 of your money to develop a cookbook. Some of the recipes are real killers. For instance, the baked beans on toast one is pretty complicated. Ditto the chicken and avo sarnie. Or how about the one entitled “Daily Snack – banana and yoghurt“? Can you guess…

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A grave waste of money

Posted: 12:39 pm on 17th February 2014

As Benjamin Franklin once said, nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. WasteWatch would add ‘government waste’ too. It has been a while since WasteWatch last wrote about Victoria, but our southern cousins are back in the limelight since the Victorian government recently signed a contract for: A detailed, practical and accessible guidebook of all open public cemeteries in Victoria. The price-tag for this certain bestseller is…

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Obesity is big business

Posted: 10:30 am on 21st January 2014

Obesity is big business these days, if you’ll pardon the pun. Remember the $80,000 of your money given to a Victorian consulting firm last year for “research on inactive youth”? No, WasteWatch didn’t think so. You might have gotten it mixed up with the National Physical Activity Survey. Or any of these three surveys: Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. Active Australia Survey. National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians. Then…

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CIS Podcast ep 25 – week ending 18 October 2013

Posted: 10:31 am on 18th October 2013

Episode 25 – produced for the week ending 18 October 2013   Topics Bringing market disciplines to public hospitals – lessons from the UK Bikie gangs and expanding police powers Special guest Nick Cater joins us to reflect on the response to his book With Jeremy Sammut and Trisha Jha, produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS visiting…

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$80 000 for yet another obesity report

Posted: 10:06 am on 8th October 2013

How many reports do you need to tell you the same thing before you believe it? If you’re the Federal Government, the answer is: just one more, I promise. The growing importance of obesity and inactivity as a health issue in Australia is well-known. According to an Australian Medicines Industry report, 18% of Australians were concerned about their partner leading a sedentary lifestyle. 17% were concerned about their partner being…

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$60k spent on preventative health magnets

Posted: 10:09 am on 19th June 2013

The Department of Health and Ageing has spent over $60,000 of your money on fridge magnets as part of its ‘Eat for Health’ campaign. The ‘Eat for Health’ campaign provides ‘advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing’. At WasteWatch we appreciate the importance of eating well but nothing bugs us more than the nanny state spending our money telling us…

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$10k for Yoga at Parliament House: Update

Posted: 12:07 pm on 5th June 2013

WasteWatch launched with revelations that the taxpayers coughed up $10k to pay for yoga classes at Parliament House. This issue was raised during Senate Estimates last week, where the extent of the taxpayer subsidy for the gym at Parliament House was discussed in more detail.  Transcript below: Senator RYAN: That is what I wanted to check. Can I just turn to the contract numbered CN1296431. It is for yoga classes….

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