Posts Tagged ‘Victoria’

Taxpayer off the hook after live baiting scandal

Posted: 11:07 am on 24th March 2015

 It was almost a St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within days of the damning Four Corners report into live baiting across the greyhound  industry, aired on 16 February, the entire board of Greyhound Racing NSW was dismissed, and  the entire board of Greyhound Racing Victoria resigned, despite being cleared of wrongdoing  by the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner. The scandal looks set to rock the Australian greyhound industry, but Victorian taxpayers may see…

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The apostrophe’s spectre

Posted: 12:18 pm on 19th March 2015

 A spectre is haunting Australia – the spectre of apostrophes. Or apostrophe’s. We can’t remember. Apostrophes’? That darned little mark has been the bane of many student’s – oops, students’ – lives, and its misuse generates more internet bile than many seemingly more important problems. Recognising all this, policy makers around Australia have done the only sensible thing. They have banded together, and banned it from the public sphere. No…

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ICT pork-barrelling in Victoria

Posted: 2:26 pm on 11th June 2014

Someone in the Napthine government must read WasteWatch. In a rebuke to WasteWatch’s insinuations that the Victorian government would deploy only low-grade sports-themed pork-barrelling techniques to claw back the November election, $3 million has just been set aside for ICT-themed pork-barrelling. According to The Age, among the funded initiatives in the ICT Workplace Development Plan are: a technology graduate employment program in the public service, practical technology advice for small and…

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Sporty pork in Victoria

Posted: 4:34 pm on 28th May 2014

The Napthine government is in a spot of bother down in Victoria. Since the resignation of Geoff Shaw, they are a minority government in a deteriorating position in the opinion polls, and they are staring down the barrel of an election in November this year. Luckily, they have at least one trusted weapon up their sleeve in the coming months: sports-themed pork-barrelling. WasteWatch spent much of the 2013 federal election…

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A grave waste of money

Posted: 12:39 pm on 17th February 2014

As Benjamin Franklin once said, nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. WasteWatch would add ‘government waste’ too. It has been a while since WasteWatch last wrote about Victoria, but our southern cousins are back in the limelight since the Victorian government recently signed a contract for: A detailed, practical and accessible guidebook of all open public cemeteries in Victoria. The price-tag for this certain bestseller is…

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