Posts Tagged ‘local government’

Macrowaste on Microsoft

Posted: 10:56 am on 16th February 2015

Woops! You may recall back in October we brought news of 369 tablets sitting unused in the Department of Human Services just waiting to be re-homed. Well, unfortunately it appears that those at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau don’t read WasteWatch otherwise they could perhaps have saved themselves some money. A contract published in January shows that $19,514.77 was spent on procuring Microsoft Surface Pro 3s. It seems communication is a bit of a…

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$150,000 local government videos

Posted: 11:10 am on 7th July 2014

The CIS has long been a supporter of strengthening local government, looking forward to “this Tocquevillian vision of a free people organising its own local affairs in autonomy,” in the words of former CIS research fellow Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. However, there’s a difference between de Tocqueville, and making videos. Every year since 1986 the federal government has handed out a bunch of National Awards for Local Government. These are all…

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$23k for carbon-neutral sticky notepads

Posted: 3:37 pm on 26th July 2013

As part of the Government’s Cyber Safety campaign, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has started a new campaign to teach kids and parents how to use the internet safely. The campaign is called Cybersmart, Designed to support and encourage participation in the digital economy by providing information and education which empowers children to be safe online. I’m sure many parents haven’t even heard of the campaign Cybersmart, let…

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$200k to play with Lego

Posted: 11:11 am on 25th July 2013

Canberra is notable for its excess when it comes to the National Capital Authority, whose job it is to handle everything in the ACT relating to Canberra’s status as the national capital. The commemorative projects for Canberra’s centenary have already given us the Skywhale, which was undoubtedly the cause of drops in public service productivity in the days surrounding its unveiling. But now, the National Capital Exhibition has given the…

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$1.25m stroll through Invermay Park

Posted: 9:52 am on 18th July 2013

The election is getting close, and the vote buying is just beginning. Over the next few months before the election, whenever that may be, watch the waste pile up as politicians attempt to secure votes with the public purse. Tony Abbott has kicked off the promise competition in Tasmania with his pledge to set aside $1.3 million of federal funds to upgrade Invermay Park in Launceston. According to Abbott, ‘Sporting…

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$3m funding circus for NSW and Federal governments

Posted: 11:48 am on 17th July 2013

We keep hearing how our children are getting fatter and fatter. Well, it turns out the government has a great new sport and recreation program to get our children fit and healthy again. Our latest instalment of mindless government waste is the funding of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus for young people. According to their website, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is Australia’s world famous circus for young people. We…

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$20k for fibro nostalgia

Posted: 11:09 am on 16th July 2013

Labor, the Coalition and the Greens all favour the constitutional amendment to recognise local government. They think it would ‘streamline’ the relationship between the Commonwealth and local governments. Local government could get money directly from the Commonwealth, allowing them to bypass the states. Here at WasteWatch, we think this is a recipe of profligate local governments, aided and abetted by the Commonwealth government. Without the states applying the necessary brakes local…

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$10m extra for local govt recognition campaign.

Posted: 4:18 pm on 17th June 2013

The federal government is providing an extra $10.5 million in taxpayer money to educate taxpayers about the merit of the government’s plan to reduce the independence of local governments, in the guise of recognising them in the constitution. This is on top of the $11.6 million in federal money for a ‘national civics education campaign’ outlined in the budget to educate the public about the referendum. Taking into account contributions…

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CIS Podcast ep 7 – week ending 7 June 2013

Posted: 7:09 pm on 5th June 2013

Episode 7 – produced for the week ending 7th of June 2013 Topics Australia’s minimum wage The failed attempted to increase funding to political parties Dumping the anti-dumping commission with Stephen Kirchner and Alex Philipatos   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by economist Stephen Kirchner and Industrial Relations researcher Alex Philipatos. Topics The minimum wage – we talk about the Fair Work Commission’s…

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$11.6m for ‘national civics education campaign’

Posted: 10:27 am on 23rd May 2013

You may have of already heard of the upcoming referendum to recognise local government in the Australian Constitution, but you may not of heard of the $11.6 million the government is spending to educate you about it. Unfortunately, it seems that the government ministers themselves may require some more education about their proposed constitutional amendment. Constitutional expert Anne Twomey wrote a good takedown here of Anthony Albanese’s understanding of his…

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