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A city where everything is for sale except the beer and the women, both of which one merely rents.

By johnboy - 21 September 2009 16

The War Memorial has proudly announced that its ongoing conversion to “War World” has made a significant step forward.

    The Australian War Memorial is pleased to announce that TransACT will sponsor its closing ceremonies. The sponsorship deal is for three years.

    “TransACT’s sponsorship of the closing ceremonies gives visitors to the Memorial an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices as the core of the Australian experience of war,” said Steve Gower, Director of the Australian War Memorial.

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember TransACT’s community support and competitive telecommunication pricing”.

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16 Responses to
A city where everything is for sale except the beer and the women, both of which one merely rents.
emd 11:25 am 23 Sep 09

Gungahlin Al said :

On everything for sale, I see that DEEWR now has advertising panels installed in the foyer and lift areas of several of its city buildings. What prat felt a government department needs to make some money out of continuing the advertising assault even in your workplace? Before we know it the office will look more like an airport terminal with an ad behind every damn door. What next Transact screensavers on our bloody computers? McDonalds behind the toilet door?

One thing I miss since leaving Defence is the back of the toilet door. It had an officially produced colour wee-chart so you could tell if you were dehydrated.

I think the title of this post is a Pratchettism. Although I’ve never seen much similarity between Ankh-Morpork and Canberra except the quality of the major waterway.

indigoid 8:56 am 23 Sep 09

busgirl said :

I guess TransACT is a better choice than Tobin Brothers…

I know I should’t have, but I LOLED 🙂

Anna Key 7:53 am 23 Sep 09

Surely someone standing out the front of the AWM blowing the last post isn’t too expensive.

Thumper 7:40 am 23 Sep 09

the federal government are too busy putting budget cuts through the institutions that can least afford it.

While throwing billions at other agencies that don’t need it.

Gungahlin Al 6:06 am 23 Sep 09

On everything for sale, I see that DEEWR now has advertising panels installed in the foyer and lift areas of several of its city buildings. What prat felt a government department needs to make some money out of continuing the advertising assault even in your workplace? Before we know it the office will look more like an airport terminal with an ad behind every damn door. What next Transact screensavers on our bloody computers? McDonalds behind the toilet door?
If departments needs more money, they should look at savings. Start by overhauling lighting systems and computer setups to overcome all the people who somehow think that 30 seconds of their time in the morning is worth running their computer all weekend and night.

busgirl 6:04 am 23 Sep 09

I guess TransACT is a better choice than Tobin Brothers…

bd84 9:06 pm 22 Sep 09

Sounds fair enough to me, the federal government are too busy putting budget cuts through the institutions that can least afford it. I expect Questacon and the CSIRO to have to resort to similar lengths to support their operations too soon enough. Good on Transact for offering the support too.

Ian 6:56 pm 22 Sep 09

What an astonishing surprise though that one of the first things to go in budget cuts is something with such a high public profile! Public service management 101 in action again – respond to budget cuts by cutting the popular things and hope the outcry causes the politicians to back down and increase funding.

The minister should suggest to managers who do this that he has a budget cut for them – their job.

H1NG0 10:05 am 22 Sep 09

I don’t know how anyone could be critical of not just Canberra’s, but one of Australia’s best tourist attractions. Good on TransACT for helping them out.

Trunking symbols 9:57 am 22 Sep 09

johnboy said:“At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember TransACT’s community support and competitive telecommunication pricing”.

. . . not to mention the fact they can’t even provide a reliable service. Their Internet service was down for three and a half hours this morning.

rosebud 9:42 am 22 Sep 09

How does one rent beer? Swallow and vomit it back up? And by women, you mean sex workers? Strange header. Is it meant to just inflame we of the more sensitive sex?

poptop 9:01 am 22 Sep 09

I suspect the headline is Pratchettesque, but it sounds like the inside of Hargreaves brain – where women and beer are of equal social standing and value.

Unnecessary.

S4anta 8:55 am 22 Sep 09

I think the header of this post is doing a bit of a diservice to the philanthropic gesture that TransACT has coughed up. Granted, there is a little bit of discomfort over the sponsorship of such a solemn moment at a monument to the fallen, but all in all it does allow the War Memorial to utilise their limited funds to the ongoing conservation of its collections.

Well done to the crew that came up with this idea.

Thumper 8:20 am 22 Sep 09

It really is a sad indictment on society that places such as the AWM have to revert to corporate sponsorshop when other government agencies are literally throwing billions of dollars at infrastructure projects that they either don’t want, or don’t need.

What next, the Ford Credit Federal Election….

Very sad..

Primal 12:08 am 22 Sep 09

I can’t see this turning into anything worth getting uptight about. Probably nothing more than a couple of logos on the schedule.

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