Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Waste Policy Consultation

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-07-08

Another important public consultation hidden away in a media statement and in the backblocks of a departmental website…. don’t you wish that all announcements of government consultations were tagged by subject and aggregated into a consolidated RSS feed?

This consultation is on waste policy, announced in Peter Garrett’s media release (2009-07-08), and you can send submissions to until close-of-business 2009-07-31.

The main consultation page is here, with the discussion paper available as PDF and (yuk!) Microsoft RTF.  You’d think they’d be able to have a nice HTML version, wouldn’t you?  Naaaaa, too sensible… people might be able to read them on there phone… cannot have that!

Submissions to an earlier stage of the process are available here.

I’ve had a quick look at the draft policy framework.  24 pages only.  Anything it in actually actionable policy or hard timelines or standards?  Hardly!  Most of it is fluffier than an election advertorial.

The discussion paper that led up to the so-called policy framework is almost three times as long, and actually (unlike the policy framework) includes the odd number or two (apart from page and section numbers) that might be plugged into your calculator.  The subtitle on the consultation "Managing waste to 2020".

2020, 2020, 2020… a number that will probably become a synonym in Australia for empty promises, faux inclusiveness, and motherhood statements.  I wonder how long it will be before our political overlords realise this and start to avoid the term "2020", until it is in hindsight: "we could have got this done back in 2020, but…"

Notes/See Also

  • By the way, look at the difference in the mug-shot between the media announcement at and  Happy to be a minister, but not happy being a member of the ALP?
  • Did you look at the list of submissions to the earlier stage in the process?  Note how many are left ONLY as Microsoft-specific documents without even the availability of a PDF, HTML or text version?  IDIOTS!!!  I wonder if they’ve even been checked for macro viruses.


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