Even the Productivity Commission wants a carbon price – OPINION

They didn’t make a big deal of it, but the Productivity Commission’s new five-year overview report, commissioned by the Federal Government, has recommended the introduction of a carbon price. The productivity commission is of course an advisory body, and the Government has explicitly ruled out a price on carbon or anything that can even remotely […]

Queensland councils take control of infrastructure smarts

By Paul Hemsley Queensland councils are to take full control of the state’s specialist infrastructure and engineering advisory service for local government. The Queensland Treasury Corporation has agreed to relinquish its stake in the successful joint venture, Local Government Infrastructure Services Pty Ltd (LGIS), and will hand over its management and its 50 per cent […]

Councils list axed carbon tax concerns

By Julian Bajkowski Councils across Australia have outlined a list of concerns over consequences arising from the planned repeal of the Carbon Tax, citing management of unspent carbon price liability funds and spending on carbon abatement measures as key areas of focus. The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has confirmed it has lodged a submission […]

Councils in Big Soda firing line over container deposits

By Julian Bajkowski Beverage companies have rolled out the heavy artillery in an escalating war of words aimed at councils and consumers over the proposed introduction of a National Container Deposit Scheme. In a new advertising campaign the drinks industry likens the idea of putting a price on bottles to reduce rubbish as the equivalent […]

Australian Public Service braces for Commission of Audit

By Julian Bajkowski Federal public servants are steeling themselves for a wide-ranging Commission of Audit by an incoming Tony Abbott Coalition government as the Prime Minister Elect prepares to come good on his election promise to cut down on wasteful and inefficient expenditure. Having received the incoming government brief from the public service known as […]

Fremantle pool goes geothermal

By Julian Bajkowski Councils across Australia might be looking to the sun to offset the rising costs of municipal pool heating, but in the historic Western Australian City of Fremantle they’re digging for fire to keep bathers warm when in the water. The innovative council has confirmed that a test-bore it has sunk to tap […]

Abbott warning to Public Service chief on Carbon Tax

By Julian Bajkowski Opposition leader Tony Abbott very publicly told the head of the public service, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Dr Ian Watt AO, that he expects to have legislation to scrap the price on carbon and an emissions trading scheme pre-written and ready to table should the Coalition win government. The […]

Rudd taps software vendor profits to extract carbon scheme savings

By Julian Bajkowski Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has thrown down the gauntlet to Commonwealth Public Service executives to start extracting much greater efficiency and productivity gains from technology and software or face the prospect of hundreds of upper-level forced redundancies. Mr Rudd and Treasurer Chris Bowen on Tuesday revealed well-anticipated expenditure reduction measures aimed at […]

Canberra told to make Roads to Recovery funding permanent

By Julian Bajkowski The electorally popular, multi-billion dollar Roads to Recovery program should be permanently funded and councils dealt into any new road-user charging schemes a pre-election list of demands issued by Australia’s peak body for local governments says. As the federal poll date draws closer, councils across the nation have put both sides of […]

Carbon price calculator revealed

By Julian Bajkowski Independent economic researchers who debunked claims that the majority of Australian households would be financially worse off under a price on carbon have revealed they called upon the same heavy duty data mining software more commonly used by big banks, defence and revenue agencies to get their numbers straight. The National Centre […]

NSW councils caught in carbon crossfire

By Paul Hemsley The head of NSW Shires Association, Ray Donald, has warned that state and federal governments need keep partisan bickering out of local government participation in the carbon tax. His warning follows a fresh policy brawl that erupted after federal Climate Change Parliamentary Secretary, Mark Dreyfus, accused state Liberal Party members of incorrectly […]

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