[LINK] Show me the money

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Mon Oct 27 14:16:08 EST 2008

Sylvano wrote:
> A quick aside: 
> I noticed that the Australian Parliament House website has a new search 
> functionality, layout and look since I was there last. 
> Going to the Advanced tab is a little more daunting than the old 
> version, with an options panel akin to a flight panel.  But there is a 
> nice feature now, where you can tick items and add them to 'your list' 
> to build up saved document references.  Oh, and the spirit of 
> social networks, you can define your search profile.
> http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/search.w3p
> Anyway, the money.
> While at the aph, I happened upon the notice about the 
> "Senate Order on Government Agency Contracts" that requires:
> <quote>
> each Minister to table a letter of advice that a list of contracts, 
> in respect of each agency administered by that Minister, has been 
> placed on the Internet, with access to the list through the 
> department's home page. The letter must be tabled no later than 
> the 10th day of the spring and autumn sittings each year.
> </quote>
> It's for contracts $100,000+

I got bored. Here's a summary of expenditure on Microsoft software for 
the six month reporting period (as best as I can tell based on the 
information to hand):


So, about $70 million annually.


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