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ActewAGL “Bitterly Disappointed” it can’t waste another $300k

By 54-11 - 21 June 2013 32

The Crimes has the unbelievably narcissistic Michael Costello saying how sad he is that he can’t blow $300,000 on a June staff party.

After all the shenanigans (Cotter Dam cost blow-out), John Mackay being sacked by ACTGov, and the $855,000 under-reporting of Mark Sullivan’s salary, Costello must be living in a parallel universe.

He also claims that the cost of the party does not come out of our electricity prices.  Where does it come from, Costello? Sky fairies?

Your diatribe about how unfair all this is strikes me as you being totally out of touch with the reality that most of your customers face every day. My advice is to have a good, hard think about your attitude and re-adjust your thinking.

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32 Responses to
ActewAGL “Bitterly Disappointed” it can’t waste another $300k
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Antagonist 6:05 pm
21 Jun 13
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OMFG. This arseclown is serious! And he is responsible for … things!

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bundah 7:12 pm
21 Jun 13
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$300,000 for approx 1500 staff and their partners equals $200 per head.That’s my kinda party ActewAGL here I come!

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fabforty 9:40 pm
21 Jun 13
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What ??!! As an ACT public servant (clearly for the wrong Directorate) I have been forking out for my own ticket for work functions for years. I think this is only fair – I would never expect anyone else to fund my night out.

Perhaps Mr Costello can explain why ACTEW staff have not been expected to pay for theirs and tell us how long this has been going on for ?

Perhaps also ACTEW staff can explain why they thought this was OK.

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c_c™ 10:05 pm
21 Jun 13
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bundah said :

$300,000 for approx 1500 staff and their partners equals $200 per head.That’s my kinda party ActewAGL here I come!

Have you ever organised catering for events?

I can tell you that a basic warm canapé service will set you back around $30-40pp, alcohol another $30pp.

3 courses plus drinks per person is well over $120.

That’s just the food itself. Add catering (equipment + service) and it’s very easy to reach $200pp.

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switch 11:11 pm
21 Jun 13
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bundah said :

$300,000 for approx 1500 staff and their partners equals $200 per head.That’s my kinda party ActewAGL here I come!

I don’t think we the poor customers were invited.

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p1 8:29 am
22 Jun 13
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While paying for staff parties isn’t exactly unusual in private industry (which actewagl like to pretend they are), $200 a head is a pretty freakin’ nice bash.

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funbutalsoserious 8:46 am
22 Jun 13
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checkout the comments from the Canberra times, there is a peanut that cries on there because his wife works for them, and now he will be missing out on a free night out at Canberra’s expense.

I cannot believe how the utility providers of Canberra are setup and spend obscene amounts of money of things and in their own minds think that it is a justified expense.

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s396 9:51 am
22 Jun 13
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After attending several of Actews staff parties, all I can say is what a waste. Top comedian as the MC, 3 course meal, alcohol, performers for entertainment and random assortments of mimes, clowns, a girl with a whip….. What a joke and im sure they’ve spent more than 300k in the past. A total waste of money. If rather they take this money off my electricity bill!!

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tuco 9:52 am
22 Jun 13
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bundah said :

$300,000 for approx 1500 staff and their partners equals $200 per head.That’s my kinda party ActewAGL here I come!

Any moment …

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gooterz 10:21 am
22 Jun 13
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bundah said :

$300,000 for approx 1500 staff and their partners equals $200 per head.That’s my kinda party ActewAGL here I come!

You’d wonder how many of those had husbands and wives that also worked there.

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Mr Evil 10:52 am
22 Jun 13
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$300 000 – you could buy a hot air balloon for that kind of money!

And Sullivan complaining that they are suffering from some unfair scrutiny is really pretty rich. They brought the public scrutiny on themselves with faulty record keeping and poor project management, so they’ve got no one to blame but themselves.

If you don’t like it – go find another trough to bury your collective snouts in.

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HiddenDragon 11:29 am
22 Jun 13
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There is that old saying about being “dragged, kicking and screaming, from the tart shop”.

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MonarchRepublic 11:54 am
22 Jun 13
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Did you actually read the article that you linked to?
*John Mackay resigned
*Mark sullivan’s salary OF $855k was under reported BY $234k
* senior commissioner from the ICRC was quoted as saying the cost of the party did not influence electricity prices

Still does not look good, but don’t debunk your own argument by incorrectly reporting facts.

note – I am in no way affiliated with ActewAGL or ACTEW.

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scentednightgardens 12:04 pm
22 Jun 13
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Oh come on everyone – loads of large private firms put on staff parties at the end of the year. Law firms, engineering firms, larger retailers etc. Nobody would blink an eye in Sydney or Melbourne. Is this utility bashing about valid “public scrutiny”, or because we don’t like paying the otherwise inevitable increases in our coal-based power prices? And the local media plays off both??

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Innovation 12:13 pm
22 Jun 13
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MonarchRepublic said :

……* senior commissioner from the ICRC was quoted as saying the cost of the party did not influence electricity prices……

What I can’t understand is why the report was tasked only with looking into retail pricing and not shareholder dividends. Although even if the ACT Government had not been gypped $300k that additional return would have got lost in the mire of their own accounting…

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