Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’

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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Christmas Island crabs strike it lucky

Posted: 12:27 pm on 26th June 2014

Christmas Island’s $54,000 crab bridge caused a bit of a stir when WasteWatch wrote about it early last year. Readers from opposite ends of the crab spectrum offered their thoughts. “It’s easy to sneer at actions taken to protect other species, but it is necessary to protect biodiversity and, ultimately, own our survival,” wrote one. “I think someone should sponsor a crab boil fundraiser on the other side of the bridge,”…

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$70,000 infrastructure video

Posted: 5:27 pm on 24th June 2014

Remember the ATO’s recent $50,000 video on the cash economy? WasteWatch could barely keep its eyes open, and yet, at the time of writing, the video had received nearly 6,000 hits on YouTube. And that certainly puts a Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development video to shame. See, the Department recently spent about $70,000 of taxpayer money producing a YouTube clip detailing the Abbott government’s infrastructure spending, according to a recent estimates hearing in…

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Australia’s most pressing infrastructure problem?

Posted: 1:31 pm on 21st August 2013

Surely it’s one of Australia’s most pressing infrastructure problems. Facing a budget black hole, with the 2012-13 deficit projected to be somewhere in the vicinity of $25 billion, and the 2013-24 deficit is projected to be around $20 billion, Australians could be forgiven for thinking the election would be a bit light on pork barrel promises. But they would be wrong. Amongst the various infrastructure promises made so far in…

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CIS Podcast ep 13 – week ending 19 July 2013

Posted: 11:37 am on 19th July 2013

Episode 13 – produced for the week ending 19th of July 2013   Topics The NBN – broadbanded scapegoats Fringe Benefits Tax – compliance and cars TARGET30 visits Perth with Andrew Baker and Jeremy Sammut   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by podcast regulars Jeremy Sammut and Andrew Baker Topics Is Mike Quigley being made a scapegoat for the NBN – we discuss…

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$47k for Christmas Island Golf Club

Posted: 4:53 pm on 14th May 2013

Following on from our revelations about the $54k crab bridge, we have uncovered a government tender to fix up the electrical wires at the Christmas Island Golf Club for around $47k. Wastewatch loves its golf, and we welcome the fact that Christmas Islanders seem to like golf too. While we are confident that the main users of Christmas Island’s golf course are members of the Australian Public Service (who are…

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The $54k Christmas Island Crab Bridge

Posted: 11:25 am on 29th April 2013

Christmas Island is famous for its red crabs and the annual migration from the island’s interior to the sea. The trip can be a dangerous one and involves crossing roads and other unfriendly obstacles. To mitigate these dangers, governments have poured money into all sorts of things to help the Christmas Island crabs : fences to divert them from roads, tunnels under roads and even road closures. However, these all…

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