This is the kind of

This is the kind of value $4 million gets you nowadays. Whirlpool broadband’s story explained the cost breakdown of Richard Alston’s site:

The $4 million cost to taxpayers included:

  • $1.2 Million spent on website development
  • $956,000 spent on hosting and support services
  • $928,000 spent on software; and
  • $661,000 spent on hardware.

That’s a hell of a lot of money for a site that gets significantly fewer hits than Instapundit. Especially when a template of that quality could be found for free on one of numerous open-source web development sites.

“I would have thrown in a Plasma TV for every member of the department in a $2 million dollar quote,” said Reid Hall, an Australian web developer.

Note: This is the guy who decides Australia’s policy on the internet. God help us all.

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