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Does the ACT need a grander headquarters than the European Union? [With poll]

By johnboy - 27 October 2011 20

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With the ACT Government pressing ahead with plans for a $432 million administrative headquarters I was intrigued to hear yesterday that the European Union is attracting some criticism for plans to build their own grand headquarters in Brussells.

Alarmingly their planned £280 million is in the same sort of price range as our building.

Is the ACT Government a grander edifice than the European Union?

Do ACT Government buildings deserve parity with the EU?

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Does the ACT need a grander headquarters than the European Union? [With poll]
LSWCHP 7:31 pm 27 Oct 11

arescarti42 said :

Sleaz274 said :

Everyone in the world can see that remote working or working from home is the way of the future and will be commonplace as soon as the 70s-80s born & bred managers die off or retire.

In the 1980s it was obvious that the way of the future was the paperless office…

Yeah. I think that working from home would be great occasionally, but would have knobs on it as a full time proposition. I’m a fairly solitary guy, but even I get a great deal of satisfaction from the social aspects of my work. I would miss that greatly if I had to work entirely from my home.

Also, my home is my home. It’s my sanctuary, the place where I nurture my relationship with my wife and my children, grow my tomatoes, clean my guns etc etc. I love being at home, and I hate it when I have to bring work home. I know there are others who feel like me, so I wouldn’t write off the conventional workplace just yet.

That being said, the idea of spending nearly half a billion dollars on offices for the ACT government makes me reach for the barf bag. How very, very dare they.

arescarti42 6:49 pm 27 Oct 11

Sleaz274 said :

Everyone in the world can see that remote working or working from home is the way of the future and will be commonplace as soon as the 70s-80s born & bred managers die off or retire.

In the 1980s it was obvious that the way of the future was the paperless office…

phototext 5:48 pm 27 Oct 11

$432 million?

Surely not. That doesn’t sound right even for the ACT Government.

Sleaz274 4:31 pm 27 Oct 11

Everyone in the world can see that remote working or working from home is the way of the future and will be commonplace as soon as the 70s-80s born & bred managers die off or retire.

90% of my work could be completed from home, all I use is excel, email, one specialist program 3 times a year and a phone (barely). My computer at home is 10x faster and 100x more efficient.

Instead of building a super structure to house all the public servants they should be looking to send 1/3 at least to work from home and save on office fittings, electricity, a/c, heating, desktops, phone charges, desks, paper, etc… Then let employees claim appropriate usage back on their tax and you essentially externalise your costs to the Commonwealth. Win – win – win.

Basically they are building a building to house 2011 work management ideas which is supposed to last 25-50 years whereby workplaces hopefully will be vastly changed, especially once the NBN is in.

Gerry-Built 4:08 pm 27 Oct 11

An “office park” on the vacant land between Yarralumla and Curtin would be a good option; central, lots of space to expand and for carparking.

PantsMan 4:04 pm 27 Oct 11

Classified said :

PantsMan said :

How many weeks will it take them to realise they don’t want people turning up to report on parole at the same building that houses Child Protection (many other examples possible), and start moving functions out of the pleasure dome?

The only benefit I can see is providing a focal point for the community’s anger.

Imagine the car parking requirements, and what the traffic will like around it!

We’ll all be using public transport to commute from our public housing to the weekly unveiling of public art out the front of the public service building before heading off to our public service jobs on same said public transport.

No cars required (or allowed under our totalitarian, Marxists government).

Classified 3:34 pm 27 Oct 11

PantsMan said :

How many weeks will it take them to realise they don’t want people turning up to report on parole at the same building that houses Child Protection (many other examples possible), and start moving functions out of the pleasure dome?

The only benefit I can see is providing a focal point for the community’s anger.

Imagine the car parking requirements, and what the traffic will like around it!

watto23 3:27 pm 27 Oct 11

Problem is in Australia everything costs so much, the building is likely to be much smaller anyway.

johnboy 2:04 pm 27 Oct 11

amarooresident3 said :

The EU thing is an extension to the existing building. We’re getting a whole new building. your article would make sense if it was comparing like with like.

And here they’re extending the legislative assembly’s buildings.

PantsMan 2:02 pm 27 Oct 11

How many weeks will it take them to realise they don’t want people turning up to report on parole at the same building that houses Child Protection (many other examples possible), and start moving functions out of the pleasure dome?

The only benefit I can see is providing a focal point for the community’s anger.

amarooresident3 1:56 pm 27 Oct 11

The EU thing is an extension to the existing building. We’re getting a whole new building. your article would make sense if it was comparing like with like.

Kiron2222 1:03 pm 27 Oct 11

How dare you question the almighty will of our god-emperors that reside in the ACT Government, If they need a grand building to impose their all mighty will, wisdom and grace upon the ignorant rest of us, then so be it.

Who would have thought that here, in the ACT, we would house a nest of heretics. Those voted for “What mad folly is this?” All of you should be tried for heresy for speaking against the divine will of those in the ACT Government.

So guys, do I fit into the Riot”Canberra is the best and greatest place on earth and everywhere else on the planet is a hellhole”ACT community yet?

churl 12:55 pm 27 Oct 11

I’m all in favour of an ACT Government palace.
But I think that it should be built in Gungahlin.
Guaranteed to see transport problems up there fixed.

harvyk1 12:47 pm 27 Oct 11

As far as I can gather for the EU, the critisms are not around building such a building, but the design of the building itself.

As for the ACT, we’re not really that much larger in area that most shire councils, and as for the number of people who live here, again we’re not really that much larger.

Mysteryman 12:39 pm 27 Oct 11

Since when has need determined the actions of the ACT government?

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