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Any other athletes we want on the Government payroll?

By johnboy 28 November 2009 30

The ABC brings word of just why the ACT taxpayers are shelling out $50k to get Lauren Jackson to play a few games for the Capitals:

“It’s about community, it’s about vibrancy, it’s about supporting sport and it’s about supporting women’s sport,” he said.

“I proudly declare and stand by the decision … to support the greatest sportswoman that this city has ever produced and I think that Australia has ever produced.”

Mr Stanhope says it is interesting that no one complained when the Government paid far more money to bring Wallaby fly half Matt Giteau back to Canberra.

I hadn’t realised we were paying Gits directly too… How much is he on the teat for?

But basically people we appear to be slashing your money against the wall for the vibe of the thing.

What’s Your opinion?


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spinact 12:18 pm 02 Dec 09

Deano said :

If she plays the full 11 games and averages about 30 minutes on the court each match, the 28-year-old will earn $666 per minute.

$666? Spooky.

sloppery 8:40 am 02 Dec 09

astrojax said :

nice sloppery, then act could represent oz at the homeless world cup! now ya thinkin’…

Where do the participants sleep during the homeless world cup?

astrojax 9:19 pm 01 Dec 09

nice sloppery, then act could represent oz at the homeless world cup! now ya thinkin’…

sloppery 4:59 pm 30 Nov 09

Maybe we could train our homeless people up into athletes?

AG Canberra 4:03 pm 30 Nov 09

No Jon,

But 50k will buy a fair bit of overtime in an overstreched ward at Calvary or TCH…..

It’s all about priorities – and getting her (back) here shouldn’t be high on the list of priorities for our Gov.

Does the contract guarantee payments even if she gets (re)injured. Jackson was only in Canberra recently to get treatment at the AIS for recurring injuries. Doesn’t sound like a safe bet to me.

Pommy bastard 4:01 pm 30 Nov 09

$50k on the immensly talented Ms Jackson is money well spent.

For $50k the mayor of Canberra could have had another atrocious piece of public art erected to celebrate his glory on the Gungalin parking lot, sorry, freeway, so let’s not be too hard on Sonic.

watto23 2:44 pm 30 Nov 09

I just don’t get why people complain about these things.
Sure lets get rid of all our sporting teams, and watch as the population drops, less money then to pay for health and education.

We are really quite well off in Canberra generally and its easy to forget that. Sure there are homeless people here, but go visit somewhere else where homelessness is out of control to put psome perspective into it.

astrojax 12:42 pm 30 Nov 09

we could get boony here as minister responsible for licencing…

amarooresident2 9:46 am 30 Nov 09

Excuse the spelling mistakes and misuse of punctuation. I blame the fact that it is Monday morning.

amarooresident2 9:43 am 30 Nov 09

Ian said,

“Teams like the Capitals, Brumbies and Raiders are commercial ventures, and should stand or fall on their ability to compete both on field and commercially. If they can’t attract sponsorship from commercial sources, I don’t think they should be putting their hand out to govt.”

No ACT Government support = no Raiders, no Brumbies, no Capitals. Simple fact of life in a town this size. Canberra would be poorer if any or all of these teams were to fold. In fact, if you take the above statement to it’s logical conslusion then the Government shouldn’t support anything, includig the arts, community festivals or anyhting else that supports the community and cultural life of this city.

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