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Who pays AU$2,500 for an annual software license, for a handful of users? That question is on Vulture South's mind, with the Liberal Party under fire during the election for doing just that. The nearly-but-not-quite “scandal” (for example reported here at Fairfax) centres around Liberal Party members paying what seems to be a …

  1. Mark 65 Silver badge

    What can it buy?

    A mere 0.5 Bronwyn Bishop preferred method of transport journeys

  2. skugga

    That actually sounds pretty cheap for what sounds like a custom enterprise solution.

    Your other examples horribly are misleading. How about some examples for Medical, Mining and Industrial licenses?

    1. ocratato

      Agree that $2500 annual license is not hugely expensive for what is possibly quite sophisticated constituent tracking software. However, since the company seems to have no other source of income and is able to make rather large donations to the Liberal party, it would seem that the price has been inflated as a means of directing taxpayer funds into the party's coffers.

    2. CompUser

      More to it than the cost of the license

      It may not be expensive but they are using public money, paying it to a company that donates it back to the liberal party.

      Public money is effectively being channeled back into Liberal Party donations. This is highly unethical to say the least.

      The Labor uses similar software but the company it uses doesn't donate it back to the Labor Party so they are paying for a service without the kickbacks.

  3. Magani
    Linux

    Who's behind it?

    Vulture South might like to do a bit of digging into who is behind the Parakeet-like database.

    Also, in fairness, why not bring to light the similar one used by Labor?

    Penguins are curious.

    1. Adam 1

      Re: Who's behind it?

      Reported elsewhere and a bit of googling later, ALP use this mob Seems to be some union involvement but at least on the surface seems like it's arms length.

      In terms of parakeelia though

      "Its directors include federal Liberal director Tony Nutt and the party's federal president, Richard Alston."

      and

      "Last financial year, Parakeelia transferred $500,000 to the federal Liberal division, making it the party's second-biggest single source of funds"

      So it's quacking and walking like a duck, but by all means draw your own conclusions.

    2. CompUser

      Re: Who's behind it?

      The Labor Party uses similar software but the company does not funnel the money paid from public funds back to the Labor Party.

      Public funds should not be used as donations by any political party using some sort of 'slight of hand'.

  4. Oengus
    Pint

    1 License would get...

    1 schooner of beer per day at the club with enough left over for a few extras at Christmas.

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  6. JJKing

    That's either a bad stutter you have there skugga or bad case of alzymers.

    1. skugga

      nfi what happened there...

  7. 100113.1537

    @Risk

    A single seat licence for @Risk would be about that (in AUD) terms annually and I've seen much bigger prices for scheduling software in mining and construction. Specialised software is not cheap as there aren't be any economies of scale (how many people are actually going to be buying this software?).

    And really, $2,500 for a $500,000 donation? Not much of a kick-back. I am sure if you look at the constituency offices you will find a much bigger set of kick-backs from all parties - office rents will be much more than this per year and in the UK this has been a big deal for the Labour party "renting" office space from union donors. I am sure plenty of "donors" would rent a bit of office space out at inflated rents in return for a bit of a bung.

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