Posts Tagged ‘waste’

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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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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230 TVs for the Senate

Posted: 10:33 am on 16th October 2013

WasteWatch has previously told you how much you’re paying for public servants’ Foxtel subscriptions. Now it turns out you’re buying them TVs too. The Department of the Senate has recently signed an $80 000 contract with Sony Australia for the provision of two hundred and thirty 32-inch TVs. Yes, dear reader, you read that right. Two hundred and thirty. One way of picturing that is each Senator could have three…

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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 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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CIS Podcast ep 18 – week ending 23 August 2013

Posted: 5:12 pm on 24th August 2013

Episode 18 – produced for the week ending 23rd of August 2013   Topics Cuts or reforms to the public service Leadership and vision in politics Spending promises and TARGET30 with Alex Philipatos and Robert Carling   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS industrial relations expert Alex Philipatos to talk public sector workforce reform and Robert Carling to about the election. Topics Are cuts to…

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