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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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Any other athletes we want on the Government payroll?
tidalik 10:12 am 29 Nov 09

I disagree with Stanhope.

Heather McKay is still the greatest sportswoman this city has ever produced, if you count Queanbeyan as part of this city.

M0les 1:47 am 29 Nov 09

Well.. Now you mention it.. I’ve always missed Rod Marsh. Do you think if we paid his bus fair, he could come here and open a few exhibitions or something? That’d be nice.

GardeningGirl 12:18 am 29 Nov 09

Grrrr said :

GardeningGirl said :

I don’t think this reflects well on her, if she chose to go on to bigger and better (and more lucrative) things that’s completely her business and it’s nice to see someone have such success, but changing her mind when enough money is waved under her nose isn’t a good look.

Changing her mind? Not a good look? Whachoo talkin bout Willis?

According to The Crimes, the owner of her Euro club has been murdered and the team’s status is up in the air, so we jumped at the chance to secure her participation at a rather-discounted price.

Okay, I accept it isn’t a change of mind but a change in circumstances. Taxpayer money still shouldn’t come into it.

Grrrr 9:49 pm 28 Nov 09

GardeningGirl said :

I don’t think this reflects well on her, if she chose to go on to bigger and better (and more lucrative) things that’s completely her business and it’s nice to see someone have such success, but changing her mind when enough money is waved under her nose isn’t a good look.

Changing her mind? Not a good look? Whachoo talkin bout Willis?

According to The Crimes, the owner of her Euro club has been murdered and the team’s status is up in the air, so we jumped at the chance to secure her participation at a rather-discounted price.

Grrrr 9:38 pm 28 Nov 09

Oh no, the govt is forking out one year’s APS5 wage on the world’s best female basketballer!!!!

Hope the complainers don’t figure out how much the AIS costs taxpayers.

georgesgenitals 8:07 pm 28 Nov 09

I saw the title of this thread and thought it was referring to Stanhope.

GardeningGirl 6:46 pm 28 Nov 09

I don’t think this reflects well on her, if she chose to go on to bigger and better (and more lucrative) things that’s completely her business and it’s nice to see someone have such success, but changing her mind when enough money is waved under her nose isn’t a good look.
As for the government finding the money when it can’t find the money for so many other things, I think it’s disgraceful.

bileduct 5:41 pm 28 Nov 09

Great news for the Canberra Raiders. I’m sure Don will be on the phone first thing Monday morning to share in the vibrancy.

Ian 5:33 pm 28 Nov 09

I didn’t know the Govt is paying part of Giteau’s salary. Maybe people didn’t complain because hardly anyone realised that it was the case. In both cases, I don’t think its a valid use of taxpayers money.

Deano 5:30 pm 28 Nov 09

Actually, it is probably more than $50,000 of public funds when you consider that TransACT (partially owned by the ACT Government), the Brumbies (recently bailed out by the ACT Government) and the Raiders (recently given a water tank) kicked in as well.

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.

Deckard 5:12 pm 28 Nov 09

MrPC said :

When’s the next election again?

Why? Do you actually think this will make a difference? The few people outraged enough to change their vote will probably be outweighed by the basketball fans who love the decision.

$50,000 isn’t really that much in the scheme of things. It wouldn’t even pay for 1 public servant to organise a homeless shelter.

And I guess they’re hoping for more people to come out and pay to watch them – like the Victorian Govt paying a few million for Tiger Woods to play in Melbourne.

cranky 4:59 pm 28 Nov 09

I find it really off-p!ssing that this money can be found, but not a cent for motor sport.

Ignoring the enthusiasts does not mean the interest will disappear.

No other activity is so ignored by this Gov.

And yet the Motorists Party, disorganised as all get out, still scored about 4 percent at the last election. It could be asked how many womens basketball supporters, among a hundred other groups, would have voted for their specific sport specific party, if on offer.

Probably because they didn’t have to – they are looked after by Sonic and Co.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:37 pm 28 Nov 09

In summing up, it’s the Constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the vibe and – no, that’s it.

MrPC 3:49 pm 28 Nov 09

It’s a disgrace that the homeless have to sleep rough and the bus frequencies are so poor yet we have money to spend on propping up athletes! When’s the next election again?

ramblingted 3:41 pm 28 Nov 09

Come to think of it, I was feeling a bit more vibrant this morning…now I know why…

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