Despite the government’s pledge to end the ‘age of entitlement’, the list of tens of thousands of unused electrical goods, obtained by News Corp through Senate Estimates, includes more than 4000 PCs, more than 1000 tablet devices, hundreds of smartphones and a number of televisions.
In some cases, Federal departments are even paying storage fees for the wasted devices.
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Defence has emerged as having the biggest stockpile of unallocated electrical goods, currently storing 40,000 unallocated ICT devices.
The Abbott government stressed that each Department and agency is responsible for managing its own collection of unallocated devices.
While government sources say it is necessary to have a stockpile of unallocated phones and iPads handy to facilitate the quick replacement of faulty devices, questions are now being raised about whether the Federal Government should be required to be more efficient with the electrical devices being purchased with taxpayers’ money.
Senior Labor frontbencher Joe Ludwig seized on the waste list and said Prime Minister Tony Abbott should be helping people rather than “hoarding electronics”.
“Instead of pretending to be Storage King Tony Abbott should be shelving his cruel budget of broken promises,” Senator Ludwig said.
news.com.au 11 Oct 2014
As expected from a fraudulent parasitic government.