More money than sense
I know that Australian home-owners are renovation crazy, but when I heard that PM Howard's dining room is going to get a $540
Of course, besides the revolting arrogance of such lavish spending, the thing that really bugs me is that this renovation will cost tax payers
What makes me angry about such waste is that the money is sorely needed in other areas, such as to address the crisis in Indigenous health.
Despite a concerted campaign by Oxfam Australia, ANTAR, GetUp Australia and others to convince the government to commit the $450 million needed to address the significant crisis in Indigenous health, the government's May budget was a disaster for Indigenous health as it didn't go anywhere near enough what is needed.
This just proves to me that Howard's government has its priorities wrong. Is Nero fiddling while Rome burns?
By the way, do you think Howard's trying to scare us?
As a reader pointed out, I made a mistake in the amount that Howard's parliamentary dining room reno was going to cost – it is thousands, not millions! That will teach me to write a post in a rush! I've fixed that up, and removed the direct comparison of the amount to be spent with the shortfall in Indigenous health. The ALP's comparison of the expenditure with the cost of buying a suburban house was probable more accurate. I still think this a serious waste and misplaced priorities. Clearly, many others think so too.
News reports on ABC Radio this morning indicated that Howard was backing out of this expenditure because of the criticism he was getting. It's amazing how a slump in the polls can make the PM more receptive/responsive to 'feedback'.