They need how much paper?

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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Skidbladnir 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.

el el 1:40 pm 11 Mar 09

Difference, even 🙂

el el 1:41 pm 11 Mar 09

Skitt’s law FTW!

johnboy johnboy 1:42 pm 11 Mar 09

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

mistake.

caf caf 1:42 pm 11 Mar 09

It makes you wonder.

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

johnboy johnboy 1:43 pm 11 Mar 09

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

peterh 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?

Skidbladnir 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!

PsydFX 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.

caf caf 1:48 pm 11 Mar 09

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

Inappropriate Inappropriate 1:49 pm 11 Mar 09

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

ebony57 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.?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 1:53 pm 11 Mar 09

johnboy said :

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

mistake.

E for envelope.

lula lula 1:55 pm 11 Mar 09

Umm.. sounds about right to me….

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:56 pm 11 Mar 09

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

mutley mutley 1:59 pm 11 Mar 09

I thought there would have been at least one or two sets of coloured pencils

Probably crayons.

Anyway I’m surprised they need paper. Most of the policy stuff coming out of there seems like it was drawn up on the back of a serviette over a schnitzel/beer combo.

Whatsup Whatsup 2:01 pm 11 Mar 09

johnboy said :

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

Yes, they need crayons to write with.

josh josh 2:10 pm 11 Mar 09

see, we don’t just give handouts to our struggling industries, we take paper from them as thanks

PsydFX PsydFX 2:16 pm 11 Mar 09

It’s amazing how insignificant it seems the more you break it down:

…is equivalent to 1 diary, 1 toner cartridge, 6 reams of papers, 10 pens, 4 markers, 5 envelopes, 2 notepads, and 2 post-it note pads per person per year!

Primal Primal 2:20 pm 11 Mar 09

Mr Evil said :

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

It did. And then ministers and senior executives panicked because there was no paper trail so we went back to paper.

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