Posts Tagged ‘public service’

The cost of change

Posted: 4:00 pm on 26th April 2015

Remember when it cost the Australian taxpayer $195,000 to change the name of the then Department of Immigration and Citizenship to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection? Well, after the 2013 federal election, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry decided to get in on the action, shortening its name to just the Department of Agriculture. The change was part of an admirable – in WasteWatch’s opinion – move…

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Big Day Out

Posted: 3:59 pm on 24th April 2015

“The world is a book,” St. Augustine once said, “and those who do not travel, read only one page.” The new grads at the Department of Human Services must be pretty busy reading then. See, DHS recently spent $13,200 of your money on “coach hire for graduate events in Canberra.” The DHS website proudly trumpets that, as part of the graduate employment program, grads will have access to many professional development opportunities, a…

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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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Towards a ‘leaner’ state government

Posted: 12:05 pm on 28th October 2014

Wastewatch was excited to read the SMH article written by  the NSW Minister for Finance & Services, Dominic Perrottet.  What a refreshing degree of transparency! It starts with wanting to streamline the 400 shopfronts and 100 call centres operating across departments. Not to mention the quarter of a billion dollars spent each year on buying, selling and maintaining cars. Or the tens of millions of dollars used to provide their own IT…

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Australian Public Service: the bonus level

Posted: 9:00 am on 23rd July 2014

At a time when the Abbott government has refused pay rises and banned back-pay for new public service enterprise agreements, some lucky mandarins are laughing all the way to the bank. The Rudd-Gillard governments began phasing out the public service bonuses brought in by the Howard government, but they didn’t completely finish the job. Some public servants still get end-of-year bonuses, like many of their private sector counterparts. And a lucky…

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Parking madness

Posted: 10:00 am on 22nd July 2014

The federal government’s decision to introduce paid parking for public servants around Canberra has been met with hostility since it was announced. At first, only the public service was upset. In coming months, it might be the rest of the country seeing red. The original installation and maintenance of the parking meters cost the Australian taxpayer over $2 million. Now it turns out the real cost of the project might be much…

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Taxpayer-funded plants

Posted: 2:03 pm on 4th July 2014

WasteWatch needs some gift advice. What do you get the federal public servant who already has everything? See, this one already has a taxpayer-funded Foxtel subscription. And super-comfy chairs to watch from. And free yoga classes. And a $14,000 coffee table. And expensive coffee machines. And free experiential poetry sessions. WasteWatch was thinking of getting them a nice indoor plant for their office, but it turns out that’s a bit…

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The Great Australian Chair Plague

Posted: 12:32 pm on 20th June 2014

You’d better sit down to read this. Remember the world’s most expensive conference chairs for the G20 meetings in Brisbane later this year? Well, the Great Australian Chair Plague of 2014 hasn’t stopped there. In April this year, the disease was discovered in Canberra, as Geoscience Australia racked up a $45,000 bill for designer meeting room chairs. It struck again recently, as the Clean Energy Regulator spent $53,000 of taxpayer money on…

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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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