In the most recent, 3rd version, of the A Star Is Born movie, there is a scene where the Bradley Cooper character gets up on stage at an awards night, before millions of viewers, and voids his bladder. Wets himself, pees in his pants, let’s it go.
This scene came to TAFKAS’ mind when reading about Labor’s reaction to the Singapore trip of Matthias Cormann and the alleged “Hockey affair”. The “Hockey affair” relates to the alleged conduct of Mr Joe Hockey engaged in his capacity as Australian Ambassador to the USA. And please remember, this is the same Joe Hockey whose list of achievements as Treasurer include …..????? (anyone who can provide a list of achievements qualifies for a free 12 month subscription to Catallaxy Files).
But talk about forest for the trees. The reason that Hello World is top of mind is because, according to the AFR, Hello World has
a $1 billion government contract for public service travel
A $1 billion contract for public service travel. That implies that it does not even include Ministerial and Ministerial staff travel. A $1 billion government contract for public service travel. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!
Can you imagine what would happen to Australia’s carbon emissions if this $1 billion was zeroed out.
But here are some other ways to express $1 billion of public service travel:
- 5 million return trips between Sydney or Melbourne and Canberra per annum or 13,700 return trips per day.
- 100,000 first class return trips to London per annum or 275 per day.
- 20% of the cost of a new over priced Sydney Airport.
- 1.5 new overpriced Sydney Football Stadium.
Can these morons talk about the real stuff.