Your Taxes At Work: $63K coffee machine spend

The Canberra Times Reports: 

Swiss-made coffee machines costing taxpayers more than $63,000 are sprinkled throughout a federal government department, causing quite a stir inside the Coalition.

The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism has nine top-of-the-line Swiss coffee machines totalling $63,225.

Four smaller machines more with an unreleased price tag were also purchased since 2009.

During a recent Senate estimates hearing, Liberal senator David Bushby ground the department down about its coffee use.

This week Senator Bushby filtered through the written answers to find a staggering price tag.

The data also showed the department had spent $37,203 buying coffee for the machines since 2009, and about $2000 a year on machine maintenance.

“That adds up to over $100,000 that taxpayers have spent filling up the coffee cups of bureaucrats in this government department in around three years,” Senator Bushby said...

The department’s answers showed nine Jura Impressa X9 machines costing $7,025.25 each were bought since 2009.The answers also revealed Tourism Australia has a $13,922 Carimali espresso coffee machine in its Sydney office, which was bought in 2008.

Senator Bushby said that meant the total coffee bill for that department was likely to exceed $115,000.

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