"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman
Friday, February 17, 2012
Incompetent Labor puts another $400 million down the gurgler!
It is obvious that Labor should not be allowed to run a chook raffle following revelations that that they are spending $700 to provide set-top boxes to pensioners with non-digital television sets when a comparable unit is available for $19 at a supermarket. Alternatively a new digital television can be purchased at the same supermarket for under $200. The program will cost nearly $400 million dollars to add these boxes to ancient television sets which will probably be landfill very shortly.
Figures tendered to a Senate hearing in October uphold a report in The Australian on Wednesday that set-top boxes delivered under Labor's Household Assistance Scheme, part of its digital TV rollout, could be costing taxpayers an average of $698 each.
Earlier estimates that Senator Conroy yesterday called "dodgy" were, he had written previously, "fact". He told ABC radio yesterday morning the average figure of $698 per installation was "absolutely dishonest" and said the true cost of the program to date had ranged from $158 to $1528.
In October, Nerida O'Loughlin, deputy secretary of the government's Broadband and Digital Switchover Group in Senator Conroy's department, told a Senate estimates committee hearing the cost of the HAS was $308 million from the 2011 budget allocation plus $69.5m from the 2009 allocation.