Posts Tagged ‘travel expenses’

Pollies’ flights cost $50k an hour

Posted: 10:15 am on 2nd December 2013

WasteWatch recently brought the lavish $150,000 Mistoffelees Express (Perth to Sydney, cats and dogs only) to your attention. It turns out our federal politicians are putting their feline and canine counterparts to shame. (Shock horror!) Fairfax Media reports that Defence Force jets are being used as pollie-shuttles, at a cost to the Australian taxpayer of $50,000 an hour. To fly a pollie one-way from Perth to Canberra costs $200,000, apparently;…

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$20k for ‘experiential poetry sessions’

Posted: 9:02 am on 5th November 2013

WasteWatch has previously told you all about pollies flying high at the Australian taxpayer’s expense. Now it seems the public service is getting in on the action! IP Australia, those folk in charge of our patents and trademarks and so on, have forked out nearly $20,000 to send one lucky mandarin to the University of Oxford in May next year. The lucky mandarin is to attend the Oxford Strategic Leadership…

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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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$13 000 for a plagiarised report

Posted: 10:36 am on 10th October 2013

Every time they are about to submit an assignment, primary school and high school kids across the country receive a lecture on the evils of plagiarism. Similarly, every university student in the country is required to sign a cover sheet for their essays, saying the work is wholly their own. Apparently parliamentarians could do with a few reminders. It seems ACT shadow Education Minister Steve Doszpot did what every student…

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