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$100,000 of our money to Pakistan

By johnboy - 15 September 2010 66

Chief Minister Stanhope has decided that you have been insufficiently generous to the nuclear armed terror sponsor state of Pakistan in it’s flood ravaged troubles.

Not to worry, he’s written a cheque for $100,00 on all our behalfs to correct our errors of judgment.

“I know that many Canberrans have already made personal contributions to victims of the floods, and I think it is fitting that the ACT Government also make a significant donation, on behalf of our city,” Mr Stanhope said today.

“As a community that has endured its own natural disaster not too many years ago, we know how important it is, practically as well as psychologically, to feel the compassion of others.

Just like a student association funding the PLO?

ACT Government funding foreign aid?

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$100,000 of our money to Pakistan
fozzy 10:20 am 15 Sep 10

Keep in mind people that one of the biggest problems in Pakistan ATM is that most of the aid and support is being provided by the Taliban. That will lead people to support them in the future. This donation, whilst really only a trivial amount for the ACT (probably 30 cents per citizen) does help to offset Taliban funding and improve the goodwill towards Australia – which will be of benefit to Australia’s long term interests.

Can people stop with the right wing shock jock stupidity.

colourful sydney rac 10:07 am 15 Sep 10

motleychick said :

I’d prefer my money going to people in Australia who need it, rather than overseas. Help your own country first.

How you can compare what is going on in Pakistan at the moment to anything in Australia astounds me. How about you educate yourself on the situation there and think, or is the “help our own country first” simply convenient, thinly shrouded xenophobia?

Pommy bastard 10:02 am 15 Sep 10

And surely taking the $$$ millions made in illegal betting scams off the Pakistani Cricket team and donating those to UNICEF would be a better deal, and have more effect.

(Not that Stan the man could do that I know, but you get my drift.)

Pommy bastard 10:00 am 15 Sep 10

Rollersk8r said :

This is typical Stanhope, thinking he’s a lot more important than he really is; pure grandstanding.

I agree. What consultation was done prior to this. If he needs attention that badly, why doesn’t he stand in Gareema place waving his dick about.

colourful sydney rac 9:58 am 15 Sep 10

The children who are dying from the effects of diarrhea are not responsible for the actions of their government or extremist zealots.

johnboy 9:57 am 15 Sep 10

sepi said :

Was it also wrong when many overseas countries gave money to Victoria in the wake of the bushfires?

It was their choice, subject to whatever public debate those populations chose to give.

I note however that this country doesn’t waste its money on nuclear weapons. Many countries, however, chose not to give aid because of our involvement in Iraq.

Their money, their choice.

Outta Control 9:53 am 15 Sep 10

I can’t believe this – $100,000.00 to muslim terrorists. Has anybody stopped to think that the floods in Pakistan are punishment from God (the real one, not that Allah thing) for their terrorism and weird muslim beliefs? I for one was overjoyed that these worms finally got their just desserts.

motleychick 9:51 am 15 Sep 10

I’d prefer my money going to people in Australia who need it, rather than overseas. Help your own country first.

sepi 9:50 am 15 Sep 10

Was it also wrong when many overseas countries gave money to Victoria in the wake of the bushfires?

Rollersk8r 9:32 am 15 Sep 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Woah, JB a bit harsh?

So you think we should do nothing to stop children dying from preventable diseases because of their government? The money is going to UNICEF not the Pakastani govt.

It’s nothing to do with the country involved, their government or what the money might prevent. Private citizens are free to donate their own money – and we’ve already given $35 million federally. This is typical Stanhope, thinking he’s a lot more important than he really is; pure grandstanding.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2010/fa-s100817.html

johnboy 9:27 am 15 Sep 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Woah, JB a bit harsh?

So you think we should do nothing to stop children dying from preventable diseases because of their government? The money is going to UNICEF not the Pakastani govt.

I will fight to the death to defend your right to give as much of your own money CSRI.

I also don’t object that a large part of my monthly giving to MSF is going to Pakistan at the moment. I’ve given that money for their work wherever they choose to do it.

But of all the people in need of help, I’d personally prefer it not going to a country that can afford a nuclear arsenal and to fund the mumbai massacre.

That’s my own personal preference.

Mr Stanhope obviously has another.

p1 9:27 am 15 Sep 10

I am all for Australia (or Canberra) offering the sort of instant help that isn’t really an issue of money. We should be sending a plane over to air drop food, and any doctors and nurses that can help out are great.

But why money? Pakistan is the worlds 27th largest economy, do we really think that $100k will make any difference to their cash flow?

They need help, sure. And if we were offering them enough to send every Pakistani citizen on a holiday to Bali until the flood waters recede maybe it would make sense. But in this instance, simply tossing money at the problem seems a pretty meaningless gesture.

Note: Having said that, by channelling the money through UNICEF, I concede that the money has a fair chance of benefiting people on the ground who need it.

Rollersk8r 9:22 am 15 Sep 10

That is truly outrageous! It’s bad enough Stanhope thinks he’s a real national player, nevermind an international one. Which budget did this money come from? We could have put thousands of new books in CANBERRA’s libraries – but no, better off deciding on behalf of all Canberrans that our money is better spent overseas (and we’ll never know where it ends up).

I’m not usually one to claim ownership of taxpayer’s money – but this truly is my community’s money he is throwing away.

colourful sydney rac 9:20 am 15 Sep 10

Woah, JB a bit harsh?

So you think we should do nothing to stop children dying from preventable diseases because of their government? The money is going to UNICEF not the Pakastani govt.

Thumper 9:04 am 15 Sep 10

Great, our taxes lining the pockets of corrupt Pakistani generals and politicians.

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