This story took my level of disgust for government to new heights. Following are some choice quotes but the article is worth reading in it's entirety.
"Our section was under-budget by hundreds of thousands of dollars, necessitating we blow all the unspent money before the end of the financial year."
(as a result they went on an almost meaningless conference junket)
"I was surprised to discover the minds behind these [Public Health] campaigns were not health professionals. They had backgrounds and degrees in marketing, communications and advertising, not medicine. Under their watch, the government became the No.1 spender on free-to-air television."
(good for everyone ... except?)
"The ministers' staff were as fond of cancelling events as they were of commissioning them."
(no need to explain why you're wasting everyone else's time when you're the "important" person in the finery)
''The PM is going to make a health announcement and you have to organise it,'' we were told.
''When's it happening?''
''Monday.'' (It was Friday afternoon.)
''When did we first learn about it?''
(Oh my google they're good. I remember hearing this and not having the faintest idea that it was so hastily cobbled together).
As stated above it's my opinion that you must read the article.