Friday, March 20, 2009

Brumby Knackers Victoria

What will the Victorian Premier do if Tiger fails to make the cut?


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The Ockers should have taken a peep over the ditch at the Auckland Regional Council before it's gung ho Labour Premier decided to blow $3 million of tax payer's money on a commercial sporting event. Here's what the Premier had to say.

“We expect thousands of visitors from interstate and overseas will come to Melbourne to see the world’s greatest golfer on one of Melbourne’s world class golf courses.

“The event will boost tourism, create jobs for Victorians and beam Melbourne to millions of people through a worldwide television audience.

“When you think of major events, whether it’s the Grand Prix the Australian Open or any other major event, nobody can put on an event as well as Melbourne does.”

The estimated economic impact from the event is expected to be up to $19 million as well as a huge national and international television audience."

He really is pulling figures out of his arse, just as the ARC did with it's abortive foray into high risk event underwriting.

It's time Premier John Brumby went off to the knackers yard.

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7 comments:

Inventory2 said...

Come on Adolf - Mrs Inventory was positively filled with joy when I suggested a weekend of shopping in Melbourne later in the year. She was still quite happy when he told her of my ulterior motive!

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I wouldn't pay two bob to go and see him in the flesh, let alone the hundreds of dollars it will cost just to get into the event.

Anonymous said...

Aussies are sports mad - and as IV2 said - Melbourne is a great place to shop. If my husband expressed his desire to go watch golf in Melbourne - I'd be there like a shot! It's the only Australian city worth going to. But I wouldn't even bother to change the TV channel for soccer - let alone Beckham!
Shady

WAKE UP said...

"He really is pulling figures out of his arse, just as the ARC did with it's abortive foray into high risk event underwriting."

And the idiots down at Paraparaumu (or wherever) who brought Tiger here a while back.

Sports obsession is truly a wondrous and unreal thing.

Anonymous said...

Notice that sports events are now invariably justified on the basis of imagined "economic benefits" rather than the sport itself.

Rather like profligate NZ city councils rushing to build sports and performing arts venues whose return on investment will be Zero and whose NPV will be Negative.

But perhaps it's all just so that some self-important local government nobby-knobs can leg-hump celebrities and get their names in gold letters on the wall next to the front entrance.

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WAKE UP said...

"But perhaps it's all just so that some self-important local government nobby-knobs can leg-hump celebrities and get their names in gold letters on the wall next to the front entrance."

Yep. It used to be buildings, and was called the "Edifice Complex". Now, in the age of overnight lightweight bullshit celebrity, it's "Events".