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They need how much paper?

By johnboy - 11 March 2009 40

The Liberal’s Brendan Smyth is outraged to discover the ACT Government is spending $24 million for two years’ “stationary”:

    “It is the equivalent of 250 sheets of paper per person per day, or 9,600 reams of paper every single working day.

    “That’s over four and a half million pieces of paper every day!

It makes you wonder.

UPDATED: Many readers are wondering how the ACT Government functions with a stationery budget going entirely on paper and suspect that pens, markers, toner, etc, etc, might be going on the bill too.

FURTHER UPDATE: Meanwhile the ABC is adding to the comedy of errors confusing Brendan Smyth and Zed Seselja.

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40 Responses to
They need how much paper?
Mr Evil 1:56 pm 11 Mar 09

But I thought that the use of computers created the paperless office?

lula 1:55 pm 11 Mar 09

Umm.. sounds about right to me….

Holden Caulfield 1:53 pm 11 Mar 09

johnboy said :

I just copied Brendan figuring he’d know for sure.


E for envelope.

ebony57 1:50 pm 11 Mar 09

Stationary stationery perhaps? And only paper? I thought there would have been at least one or two sets of coloured pencils

Maybe the A.C.T. will lead the economic recovery through random use of origami?

Ooh – or maybe Eugene Toombs is lurking around the L.A.?

Inappropriate 1:49 pm 11 Mar 09

Heaven forbid public servants use pens, paper, notebooks, diaries, envelopes, whiteboard markers & post-it notes.

caf 1:48 pm 11 Mar 09

I guess this heralds the end of the daily intra-departmental paper plane competition.

PsydFX 1:47 pm 11 Mar 09

If they are using > 4.5 million pieces of paper per day, I would be more concerned with the $49,000,000 they’d have to be spending on Toner.

Skidbladnir 1:45 pm 11 Mar 09

The entire ACT Government uses no binders, pens, staplers, ink cartridges, etc.
Only paper.

Its a revolution in administration!

peterh 1:44 pm 11 Mar 09

johnboy said :

Anyway I’m guessing that they don’t *just* order paper with the $24 million.

there would be an allowance for white-out, wouldn’t there?

johnboy 1:43 pm 11 Mar 09

Anyway I’m guessing that they don’t *just* order paper with the $24 million.

caf 1:42 pm 11 Mar 09

It makes you wonder.

…what else is being paid for out of the stationery budget?

johnboy 1:42 pm 11 Mar 09

I just copied Brendan figuring he’d know for sure.


el 1:41 pm 11 Mar 09

Skitt’s law FTW!

el 1:40 pm 11 Mar 09

Difference, even 🙂

Skidbladnir 1:39 pm 11 Mar 09

Kind of strange, that neither the MLA who used to run a newsagency, nor the editor of a news website know the differency between stationery and stationary.

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