Posts Tagged ‘Tony Abbott’

$10 million for driving lessons

Posted: 9:39 am on 17th March 2014

For the last six years and a half years, learner drivers in NSW (WasteWatch’s home) have been subjected to more and more onerous conditions in order to qualify for their provisional licence. For licences issued before 1 July 2007, learners had only to complete 50 hours of accompanied driving. Then, the requirement jumped to a ridiculous 120 hours. Next, the NSW government recognised the ridiculousness of this requirement, and created…

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$3.5 million for seafood processor

Posted: 8:54 am on 12th February 2014

Corporate welfare is a fishy business in Australia. A couple of weeks ago the Coalition government turned down SPC Ardmona’s request for $25 million of taxpayer money to ‘retool’ their plant. But just days later it approved a grant of $3.5 million of taxpayer money for Tasmanian seafood processor Huon Aquaculture. Not wanting to be left behind the Tasmanian government has also chipped in an extra $1.5 million of their…

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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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$451k to have a few beers

Posted: 9:16 am on 21st October 2013

A few weeks ago, WasteWatch went through a few weird and wonderful ARC grants. For example, you may remember one of them was a ‘naturalistic’ driving study, “a revolutionary new approach [that] will investigate what people actually do when they drive.” Now it seems the Federal Government has hit on another winner. Although not an ARC program, the Government recently gave $451 000 of your money to a market research…

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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 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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CIS Podcast ep 21 – week ending 20 September 2013

Posted: 4:55 pm on 20th September 2013

Episode 21 – produced for the week ending 20 September 2013   Topics Ongoing turmoil in the Middle East,  the new government and the latest from Wastewatch with Trish Jha, Ben Herscovitch and Andrew Baker Produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS foreign policy expert Ben Herscovitch, and friends of the podcast Trisha Jha and Andrew Baker to…

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A $16 million corporate sweetener

Posted: 10:01 am on 10th September 2013

First it was Chiko rolls, now it’s chocolate. After years of somewhat sour politics, Tony Abbott seems determined to sweeten things up a little. The new Prime Minister recently promised that the Coalition would contribute $16 million towards ‘factory upgrades’ in the Cadbury factory nestled in Claremont, in Hobart’s north. The announcement must have been received with a few snickers by the Coalition’s small government supporters, but Mr Abbott said…

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CIS Podcast ep 19 – week ending 6 September 2013

Posted: 3:14 pm on 6th September 2013

Episode 19 – produced for the week ending 6th of September 2013   Topics The rebellion in Syria The final week of the Australian election campaign with Trish Jha, Ben Herscovitch and Jeremy Sammut  Produced by Matt O’Connell   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS foreign policy expert Ben Herscovitch, and friends of the podcast Trisha Jha and Jeremy Sammut to talk…

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