Thursday, January 24, 2013

Get rid of it

This week, media reports emerged that the state paid $30 million a year to stage the Australian Grand Prix. The government has so far refused to confirm the figures but said the reports would make future negotiations with Mr Ecclestone more difficult.

Victoria has a contract to host the event until 2015.

On Wednesday, Tourism Minister Louise Asher said the present $57 million subsidy was too high.
"We think the taxpayer subsidy is too high and there are two issues here, one is the fee given to Mr Ecclestone and the other one is the total taxpayer subsidy for the event and the fee is of course part of that," she said.
But Mr Ecclestone would not comment on the reported $30 million figure – "maybe it's not a true figure," he said during a cagey interview on radio station 3AW – or the contracts signed with the state government.

On the other hand...

The Alfred hospital will slash elective surgery for six weeks from Easter with only the most urgent patients to be treated in a struggle to achieve a $7.8 million budget cut this financial year.

In a memo to staff on Wednesday, Alfred Health chief executive Andrew Way said elective surgery would be reduced at The Alfred and Sandringham hospitals from March 29 (Good Friday) to May 10, causing a waiting list blow-out.

The federal government said in October that Victoria would receive $107 million less than expected in health funding for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years because of revised population data. Victorian Health Minister David Davis said he had no choice but to pass on the cuts to hospitals.

Meanwhile back in January 2011, Bernie said he'd have to work til he drops because of his daughters' lavish spending as in:

'Me and my wardrobe': 
Tamara Ecclestone has a prediliction for Christian Louboutin shoes
£45million House in Kensington Palace Gardens
£1.5million (approx) The Swag and Tails pub
£9,000 Rolex watch
£2,000 Gold Roberto Cavalli sequinned dress
£700 each Handbags
£3-4,000 Four pedigree dogs
 £500 Laboutins to add to her shoe collection
£30/hr Personal trainer 

Petra's landrover
£66.5million Grade II-listed house in Chelsea, with planning permission for an underground swimming pool and gym
£40,000 Range Rover
£4,000 Four pedigree dogs
£200/week Dog walker
£1,000 Flight to Valencia for Grand Prix
£200/ week Hairdressing
£30 Weekly manicure

Of course both girls have upgraded in 2013, Tamara lost her bloke after a sleazy sex tape of him hit the internet then there was Petra's intimate wedding costing 12 million pounds including the 80,000 pound Vera Wang wedding dress. This was after buying Aaron Spelling's mansion for 52 million pounds. That's English pounds.

Now scroll up again and look at our hospitals in trouble.
Do we really need a Grand Prix or surgery beds for Victoria?

Grow some Ted and ditch him and the Grand Prix he drove in on.


Andrew said...

The gov is sending some very confused signals about the GP. I expect they would be happy if Ecclescone just walked.

JahTeh said...

Andrew, I think they're in serious financial trouble and if they could get rid of him they would. Alternatively they could move the Grand Prix to the De-Sal plant, lots of space and people could hang off the buildings to watch.

Ann O'Dyne said...

BRAVURA blogpost. those slaggy daughters of Bernie's should not be financed by Melbourne.

R.H. said...

Leave the Grand Prix alone, us lower orders love it. The main objectors are powdered POONCES living locally.

River said...

I agree the Grand Prix should be ditched, but don't fool yourself into thinking those dollars would go to hospitals or any other place that really needs it, like education. Or Housing.

Fenstar de Luxe said...

Yup and now Eastern Health are cutting services too because of decreased funding. Disgraceful.

Kath Lockett said...

Coppy, send this blog article to Ted and The Age - stat! Brilliantly said!

JahTeh said...

Annie O, 12 million for a wedding is disgusting when it could have been used for so many good things.

Robbert, you're a poet not a revhead, you're only there to perve on the Pit Chicks.

River, you are right, unfortunately. Never trust politicians.

Fenstar, Eastern Health could probably do with a chop at the top like administration not services.

Blimey, Kath, can't do that since I lifted most of it from the Age and that delightful rag, the Daily Mail.

R.H. said...

Pardon me, i'm a poet AND a revhead.

And a perv.

(Living dangerously)

R.H. said...
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R.H. said...

One must be discreet.