Pathetic, Jamie

Lots of us hoped that things might be different under a Coalition government.  No money for boondoggles, no more pork-barrelling, no more wasted taxpayer funds being spent on ridiculous projects in marginal electorate.

But a new swimming centre – sorry Aquatic Centre – in Victor Harbor, south of Adelaide, the funding of which Jamie Briggs had ruled out before the election, has no been given a federal kick-along with a grant of $7.5 million. TRULY PATHETIC, JAMIE.  You were supposed to be one of the hopes of the side.

The centre, which is located in seaside Victor Harbor (swim in the sea, I say; there are already a number of pools there, including in the primary school) was to be partly funded from The Regional Development Fund, which was in turn to be funded from the proceeds of the MRRT.

Briggs quite rightly pointed out that since the MRRT has effectively raised no revenue, then the funding could not proceed.

In government, however, another source of funds has been found once the search for another hollow log succeeded – it’s called the Community Development Grant Program (just another name, Jamie, for the same rort).

The bigger issue is with all this talk of INFRASTRUCTURE, what we are about to witness is just a monumental waste of taxpayer money on politically popular and excessively expensive projects for which there have been inadequate assessments.  Just a continuation of Albo, really, who ramped up infrastructure spending from 1 to 2 per cent of GDP.

Here’s the story:

In a backflip of the likes unseen since the Olympic diving competition, the Federal Liberal Government is committing $7.5 million for a pool at Hayborough.

Federal funding for the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre has been in doubt since the September election, when Liberal Member for Mayo Jamie Briggs said the previous government’s $7.5 million offer for the project was a Labor promise.

But early Wednesday, December 4, the government announced it would honour the Regional Development Australia funds promised under the Labor Government.

Mr Briggs said under the Labor government, the funding was to come from the mining tax, which was not raising any revenue.

“Through responsible management of the budget, we have found additional funds for these uncontracted projects, without a mining tax,” Mr Briggs said.

“The funds have been committed through the Coalition’s Community Development Grants Programme, which was accounted for in our costings during the election campaign.

“Demand for such a facility has increased significantly as the population on the south coast has grown. A regional aquatic centre will accommodate this increasing demand, and be of great benefit to the community’s social and physical wellbeing.”

The Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre is proposed to have an eight lane, 25-metre lap swimming pool; a recreation and therapy pool; kiosk, change rooms; plant room; and car parking.

In March 2013, the project was estimated to cost $21 million. That figure was expected to be split between project partners the City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council, and the federal government, with the latter coughing up $7.5 million for the project.

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26 Responses to Pathetic, Jamie

  1. Baldrick

    That’s just the start:

    The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments by providing up to $342 million toward around 300 community projects across Australia.
    These projects will be funded through the new Community Development Grants Programme, as part of the regional community funding package committed to by the Coalition in the 2013 election.

    The Australian Government will also fund projects that were left uncontracted under the former Labor Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) (Rounds 2, 3 and 4) and Community Infrastructure Grants Programme (CIG).

    Many projects under the old RDAF (Rounds 2, 3 and 4) and the CIG had contracts ready to go but they were left in limbo by Labor before the election.

    Communities should not be punished for Labor’s incompetence.

    Signed: Warren Truss

  2. Rabz

    Gee, I can’t imagine those staggeringly stupid, sanctimonious labor/greenfilth squandermonkeys seizing the opportunity to criticise this example of blatant hypocrisy.

    FFS.

  3. Eyrie

    It’s only taxpayers’ money. Piss some more up the wall!

  4. Driftforge

    Wait, we only spend 2% of GDP on infrastructure?

  5. Ant

    Here you see the political class at work. Rip money off taxpayers to pork barrel their electorates to secure their comfy seats in parliament.

    JB may be a superstar, a real hero and saviour of the planet in waiting. But this behaviour crosses the line and he should be made an example of by his electorate getting together and booting his arse out of parliament at the next election.

    These bastards need to shown the door. It’s the only way they will learn who’s actually in charge.

  6. eb

    Hang on, Ant. They pork barrel their electorates and then the electorates are supposed to kick them out?

    I don’t think that’s how it works.

  7. wal1957

    And they wonder why the electorate hates politicians?
    As Eyrie says,,,”It’s only taxpayers’ money. Piss some more up the wall!”

    FFS!

  8. Infidel Tiger

    I’d never seen this guy in action until a recent Q&A. He was about as impressive as the tallest building in Adelaide.

    The liberals suck arse and we need to face facts that this is now an irredeemably socialist country ruled by wankers.

  9. candy

    I love the sound of “infrastructure” . It sounds like jobs and progress. The more the better!

  10. Dismissive

    … the tallest building in Adelaide …

    Is that still the “black stump” in Grenfell street?

  11. Judith Sloan

    No it’s the old State Bank of South Australia – and we know what happened to that. It blew up under government ownership.

  12. Dismissive

    Of course … irony is us. It still amuses me to compare SA and Vic development in the ten years following the rust belt failures. Proof that the upper house defines/dashes your hopes and dreams.

    On topic … you would have thought that the announcement would have been made prior to the SA election. It might be wrong and stupid but it would have picked up a few votes.

  13. Abby from Mayo

    Briggs has always been rather pathetic. His performance in the ministry to date has been woeful and suggests his sole desire is to climb the political pole rather than actually do something worthwhile. I won’t vote for him again.

  14. johanna

    The SA economy is a smoking ruin and they are going to build a swimming pool with precious public funds?

    You couldn’t make this stuff up. Nobody would believe it.

  15. Galeoturpis

    It’s a worthy piece of infrastructure. On google maps, I can barely count three backyard pools within a one kilometer radius. I know that’s an old photo as my sister has put in a new pool but the kids would like to go to a bigger one as my mum’s pool is sometimes too cold if the heater hasn’t been put on. There are potentially sharks and stuff in the ocean with all the seals around anyhow. Well done , Jamie, on making the 50% marginal taxation rate that I pay for working unsociable hours go to making my privileged nieces just that bit more comfortable!

  16. Squirrel

    “Baldrick

    #1242305, posted on March 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

    That’s just the start:

    The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments by providing up to $342 million toward around 300 community projects across Australia.
    These projects will be funded through the new Community Development Grants Programme, as part of the regional community funding package committed to by the Coalition in the 2013 election.

    The Australian Government will also fund projects that were left uncontracted under the former Labor Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) (Rounds 2, 3 and 4) and Community Infrastructure Grants Programme (CIG).

    Many projects under the old RDAF (Rounds 2, 3 and 4) and the CIG had contracts ready to go but they were left in limbo by Labor before the election.

    Communities should not be punished for Labor’s incompetence.

    Signed: Warren Truss”

    Well, I suppose they can try to argue this is keeping a promise – a theme they often speak on as a further means of distinguishing themselves from the party of “there shall be no carbon tax”, but a fiddly little Commonwealth program such as this still needs expensive officials to administer it, and deal with the State and Local Government officials, community groups etc. etc. who all need to be consulted on such matters.

    This, and similar such programs across the federal government, mean that the federal bureaucracy is that much larger and more expensive than it truly needs to be.

    The old line about “no such thing as a free lunch” really needs to be dusted off and repeated at every opportunity. It is quite obvious that Labor and the Greens are shameless in their use of cargo cult politics, and too much of the media has signed up to the same magic pudding mentality – the public need to be reminded, regularly and clearly, about the fiscal facts of life.

  17. Rabz

    On google maps, I can barely count three backyard pools within a one kilometer radius. I know that’s an old photo as my sister has put in a new pool but the kids would like to go to a bigger one as my mum’s pool is sometimes too cold if the heater hasn’t been put on.

    Oh, the humanity!

  18. johanna

    Bread, circuses, and swimming pools. The SA government’s recipe for economic revival.

  19. The Pugilist

    Bread, circuses, and swimming pools. The SA government’s recipe for economic revival.

    To be fair, they make good booze (beer and wine, at least)

  20. johanna

    True, Pugilist, and if it wasn’t for that it would be the economic equivalent of Sudan.

  21. kurt

    Judith,
    Surely this budget crisis would be the perfect opportunity to change the funding of the ABC to something along the lines of the BBC.

    Big Tones could initiate a new ABC levy. All households would be initially included but as with the BeeB could opt out.

    The ABC would then be funded by the people who actually feel it is worth it. It would free up billions over the forward estimates for infrastructure or even the NDIS. They say you should never waste a crisis and this would be politically palatable as well as paying back Labor for the time bomb of a budget they left.

    Over time, the people paying would shrink considerably, as would the size and influence of their ABC.

    Please write an article about it!!

  22. johanna

    kurt, the BBC licence fee is effectively a compulsory tax. It applies to people watching any television station, not just the BBC. Terrible idea.

  23. kurt

    No. The new gov has just made the ‘tax’ optional. A very good idea.

  24. Jessie

    Galeoturpis at 12.55

    Your google map skills are commendable, could you check this one
    Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program
    and would you be able to count the houses or airstrip that benefited from this grant 2012/14
    Dept of Prem and Cabinet ( for APY Lands Council) Seal pavements and line mark $1,255,000 Mimili, SA.
    Thank you.

  25. johanna

    It’s not a “new” government – it’s half way through its five year term. And while there are proposals about changing the licence fee floating around, nothing has actually been done.

    Where on earth are you getting this “information”?

  26. kurt

    Johanna,
    I think you are right – it has only been proposed by a cross parliamentary working group or something. Now, if only you could be pleasant.

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