Posts Tagged ‘The Centre for Independent Studies’

Some Quality Spending Skills?

Posted: 8:25 am on 9th December 2014

It is a jungle in Canberra and we are not talking about politics and parliament. The jungle we have found is in the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) who is spending $66, 641.04 of taxpayer money over the next 3 years on ‘interior plant landscaping’. We thought the federal budget explained the need for us all to ‘tighten our belt’. Surely this three year contract that works out at just…

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Discovery Grant Details Released

Posted: 3:17 pm on 19th November 2014

The Australian Research Council (ARC) recently released details of their funding for Discovery Projects. The University of Sydney scored big. Funding included $100,869 over three years for one researcher to produce ‘a comparative cultural history of time,’ and to consider how ‘temporality’ has been represented in literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Another researcher was awarded a massive $179,700 over three years to ponder the ‘political and religious…

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It’s not just the MP’s gold passes that are costing us.

Posted: 10:36 am on 11th November 2014

What a surprise. The abolition of the Life Gold Pass Scheme for former MPs announced in the May budget is under attack. The scheme provided former MPs and senators with 10 free return airfares within Australia every year. Thankfully MPs and senators elected since 2012 do not qualify for the scheme. While the politicians fight to save this perk for their former colleagues, we think the government should also be looking…

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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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CIS Podcast ep 27 – week ending 8 November 2013

Posted: 3:15 pm on 8th November 2013

Episode 27 – produced for the week ending 8 November 2013   Topics Chiselling away at God What to do about the car industry Australian spy games With Nick Cater and Trisha Jha, produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by author and CIS adjunct scholar Nick Cater to talk about a recent column of his and Trisha Jha looks at…

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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 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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CIS Podcast ep 24 – week ending 11 October 2013

Posted: 4:08 pm on 11th October 2013

Episode 24 – produced for the week ending 11 October 2013   Topics The politics of teaching struggling kids how to read, and Politicians expenses – scandal or not? with Jen Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut and Ben Herscovitch, 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 her latest piece on the politics of teaching kids…

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CIS Podcast ep 23 – week ending 4 October 2013

Posted: 8:20 am on 8th October 2013

Episode 23 – produced for the week ending 4 October 2013   Topics Government shutdown in the United States, and Holden seeking another taxpayer bailout, with Robert Carling, Ben Herscovitch 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 fiscal policy expert Robert Carling to talk about the government shutdown in the US, Ben Herscovitch for another…

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CIS Podcast ep 22 – week ending 27 September 2013

Posted: 5:29 pm on 27th September 2013

Episode 22 – produced for the week ending 27 September 2013   Topics Anti-competitive action and secondary boycotts, The abolition of the Climate Commission and The return of Radio Free China with Trish Jha, Ben Herscovitch and Helen Rittelmeyer, produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS expert on the not-for-profit sector Helen Rittelmeyer and CIS researcher Trisha Jha…

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