This site - Catallaxy has an excellent short post on the purchasing of these laptops. The government paid about $2505 per laptop and that was buying them in bulk. God knows how much they would have paid if they had bought them in small quantities. From Catallaxy - "Harvey Norman, which is rarely the cheapest place in town, is selling Toshiba Satellite C850/05D Laptops for $698 each. If Garrett had gone to the Harvey Norman website clicked “add to cart” and selected 957,805 computers it comes up with $668,547,890 (try it – it works!) with free pick up at the store or delivery “usually shipping within 2 days”."
That's right even Harvey Norman could have sold them delivery for $698. What a bunch of incompetent idiots.
I thought RUDD was bad. This lot under that liar GILLARD are by any measure the worst government that this country has had the misfortune to suffer. I suppose that it wasn't technically misfortune as they nearly won a majority of the house. To think that there are still people out there who would vote for them next time. I just don't get it.