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The fastest law in the west goes on a splurge

By johnboy - 9 December 2008 30

Treasurer Katy Gallagher has announced a spending spree under the name “The 2008-09 Supplementary Appropriation Bill”.

It’s $16.2 million of extra spending with a recurring impact of $4 million a year. It appears to be the cost of election promises.

Katy’s media release promises the following funding:

    — $9.7 million over 4 years to establish the new Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water (DECCEW);

    — $5.7 million over 2 years to establish new community facilities across Canberra including a new Regional Community Centre at Holt;

    — $4.7 million over 4 years for increased accountability and transparency of the Assembly;

    — $2.6 million over 4 years for the enhancement of cycling infrastructure around Canberra;

    — $2.1 million in direct grants to school parent groups;

    — $2.5 million in emergency relief to carers and volunteers to provide assistance in the form of petrol vouchers and bus tickets to alleviate increased transport costs;

    — $1 million in emergency relief to charity and welfare groups to assist families in meeting the increased costs of living;

    — $100,000 to the RSPCA to assist with a spike in demand for animal welfare services;

    — $500,000 over two years in Business and Industrial Relations support for community organisations;

    — $500,000 for a Domestic Tourism Marketing Campaign aimed at increasing visitation numbers to Canberra;

    — $220,000 to the West Belconnen Health Cooperative; and

    — $725,000 over 4 years to implement the Feed-In Tariff.

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The fastest law in the west goes on a splurge
Thumper 2:44 pm 09 Dec 08

Oh, and this assembly is going to a lot of fun children 😉

Thumper 2:43 pm 09 Dec 08

– $4.7 million over 4 years for increased accountability and transparency of the Assembly;,

I would suggest that this money is for finding ways to make it appear as if there is more transparency and accountability.

Hdopler 2:39 pm 09 Dec 08

Let’s see:

$9.7 million over 4 years to establish the new Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water (DECCEW);

Waste of money, replication of Federal and NSW departments

– $5.7 million over 2 years to establish new community facilities across Canberra including a new Regional Community Centre at Holt;

Could be useful, depending on what is developed and who runs it

– $4.7 million over 4 years for increased accountability and transparency of the Assembly;

Good investment *IF* it actually works (cough cough)

– $2.6 million over 4 years for the enhancement of cycling infrastructure around Canberra;

Good investment

– $2.1 million in direct grants to school parent groups;

Waste of money, what will they do with the grant money? publish more papers saying that marking kids papers with red pens gives them low self-esteem? pft

– $2.5 million in emergency relief to carers and volunteers to provide assistance in the form of petrol vouchers and bus tickets to alleviate increased transport costs;

waste of money, when you volunteer you assume the costs

– $1 million in emergency relief to charity and welfare groups to assist families in meeting the increased costs of living;

waste of money

– $100,000 to the RSPCA to assist with a spike in demand for animal welfare services;

just give them free chemicals used in the sleep-syringes and be done with it

– $500,000 over two years in Business and Industrial Relations support for community organisations;

replication of federal red tape, waste of money

– $500,000 for a Domestic Tourism Marketing Campaign aimed at increasing visitation numbers to Canberra;

where are they advertising? wasted if they spend a dollar of it in sydney

– $220,000 to the West Belconnen Health Cooperative; and

good investment

– $725,000 over 4 years to implement the Feed-In Tariff.

good investment

overall 6/10, some good bits, some bloody stupid bits

Gungahlin Al 2:38 pm 09 Dec 08

Oh and that sigh you just heard was the Capital’s collective media breathing a great big sigh that the Assembly is finally back in action and they will have something to report on at last.

Gungahlin Al 2:35 pm 09 Dec 08

Simon has been quick out of the blocks with his new climate change portfolio. (No doubt prodded along by the need to out-green the Greens…)

Perhaps he’s found his native habitat in this subject.

Bringing forward the Feed-in Tariff is good. And bringing the entire environment suite into the one holistic department makes good sense. The increasing splitting of climate change and water out of environment portfolios in recent times (local and federal) is a political nonsense.

DawnDrifter 2:33 pm 09 Dec 08

– $4.7 million over 4 years for increased accountability and transparency of the Assembly;

They just announced A-SPAN will be coming online next year and the ACT LA will be hooked up to that system in the near term

Live unedited streaming of every session of the LA

How more transparent can it get? waste of fkn money

Post your transcripts online and record the live feeds for historical purpose. Make all reports available to the public.. you dont need $4,700,000 to do that

ramblingted 1:17 pm 09 Dec 08

So remind me again why we didn’t have a measly coupla hundred thousand to keep the much missed Griffith Library open?

housebound 1:04 pm 09 Dec 08

PS – there was supposed to be a feasability study first for the Holt facility (not done yet), and I can’t find the review on treasury’s website yet. (happy to be corrected)

Maybe they need the $4.7 million to be able to actually make public the reports the issue their press reelases on.

housebound 12:59 pm 09 Dec 08

– $5.7 million over 2 years to establish new community facilities across Canberra including a new Regional Community Centre at Holt;

Is this in addition to the $29 million for the refurb of closed schools, which includes approximately $5 million for the refurb community facility at the Holt Primary School (that sounded just like this regional community centre)?

There’s some serious double counting somewhere.

johnboy 12:59 pm 09 Dec 08

it varies from weeks to months.

which means unless there’s a passing camera crew recording there’s no public record of their very expensive debates while the debate is still relevant.

Cameron 12:57 pm 09 Dec 08

johnboy said :

I thought that too.

On the other hand getting the sodding hansard online the next day would be very nice, massively improve accountability, and could well cost a bit.

How long does Hansard take at the moment?

jakez 12:55 pm 09 Dec 08

$4.7 million over 4 years for increased accountability and transparency of the Assembly;

Does anyone know what that is actually meant to buy us?

H1NG0 12:53 pm 09 Dec 08

Cameron said :

– $4.7 million over 4 years for increased accountability and transparency of the Assembly;

Erm, how about just being more open and accountable for free?

Honesty is the best policy, at the right price!

johnboy 12:53 pm 09 Dec 08

I thought that too.

On the other hand getting the sodding hansard online the next day would be very nice, massively improve accountability, and could well cost a bit.

Cameron 12:50 pm 09 Dec 08

– $4.7 million over 4 years for increased accountability and transparency of the Assembly;

Erm, how about just being more open and accountable for free?

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