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Education Department blows $856,000 on website upgrade.



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Media Release

Jenny Macklin MP Deputy Federal Labor Leader Shadow Minister for Education, Training, Science & Research Federal Member for Jagajaga

16 February 2005

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BLOWS $856,000 ON WEBSITE UPGRADE

The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) has told today’s Senate Estimates hearing that it is in the process of spending $856,000 over two years for the re-design of its corporate internet website.

It is outrageous that the Education Department is blowing nearly $1 million on a website when Australian schools, TAFEs and universities are crying out for more funding.

DEST told today’s Senate Estimates hearing that the current website is ‘…not a bad site relative to others as it stands…’ but the Department is still blowing a staggering amount of money on an upgrade.

When asked by the Opposition about the cost of the project, a Departmental official said: ‘…we’ve been concerned that we may be running a bit lean’.

The Howard Government has shown it is prepared to spend big dollars on consultants while refusing to adequately fund higher education.

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More info: Nick Talbot 0408 473 278 16

February 2005