There are reports that the Government will allocate $7.5 million to each of the “yes” and “no” cases in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, should such a proposal come to pass. This matches in dollar terms the amounts allocated to the respective cases in the 1999 referendum on a republic, but to replicate the value of the 1999 campaign funds in 2016 terms would require $11.9 million for each side. Or put another way, the amount is equivalent to giving the respective cases $4.73 million each in 1999. Continue reading “1999 Referendum Campaign: How Was the Yes/No Case Money Spent?”
Much merriment has been had over the weekend with Rebekah Brook’s evidence to the Leveson Inquiry that British Prime Minister David Cameron was under the misapprehension that the textspeak “LOL” meant “Lots of Love”, not “Laugh out Loud”.
However, one might assume that not even Cameron would be gormless enough in PMQs to quote anyone encumbered with the initials “WTF”. But such a personage was given the honour of a citation in Losers Lounge this past week. Continue reading “WTF Greg Pearce?”
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The Weekend Australian gave over 7 pages over two weekends to their Best of 2011 nominations. Continue reading “My Stella Effort – End of Year Reviews and Previews”
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Here I collate the short reviews in the SMH and The Age. Each week there are four short reviews (usually with one highlighted as “Pick of the Week”). Continue reading “My Stella Effort – Short Reviews”
After years of crisis and reform, just what priority is the O’Farrell Government going to give to Family and Community Services?
The most astonishing feature of the staff allocations by far has the Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Women, Pru Goward, with the smallest office with only 4.4 staff positions. This is made up of a Chief of Staff, an advisor and 2.4 researchers/advisors at the lower end of the grade scale. Continue reading “Community Services Bears Brunt of Staff Numbers”
Sure, any attempt to encourage kids to read is most welcome. Sure, the Premier’s Reading Challenege is a great way to do this.
Heck, The Muddle Headed Wombat is one of my cherished memories of childhood.