Way back when Johnboy and I founded RiotACT I was still gainfully employed in the glorious public service. I left shortly afterwards, primarily because one of the decisions handed down from on high was, what i perceived to be, a colossal waste of money.
On perusing the Greens plans for business today (highlights below) I noted that they’ve got an allocation of $200,000 to determine the feasibility of appointing a small business commissioner. Now while I fully support that the greens actually have a plan to support new & fledgling business in the ACT (RiotACT is one of those) I find a certain sense of irony and waste in conducing a $200k feasibility study into a role that could equally be determined by spending $200k in a year to actually fill the role.
TO SUPPORT CLEAN GREEN INDUSTRIES AND LOCAL BUSINESS, THE ACT GREENS WILL…
Allocate an additional $811,000 to micro-credit programs in the ACT including additional support for Lighthouse to run these programs
Provide $738,000 to establish a Business Services Office as a single business entry point
Provide $200,000 to determine the need for a Small Business Commissioner to better support the small and local business sector
Allocate $100,000 to improve construction & demolition waste recycling
Commit $351,000 to ACT Procurement Solutions to employ a sustainable procurement change agent and to develop processes better suited to local, micro, small and medium sized businesses
Commit $200,000 to implement supermarket competition reforms