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Canberra, paved with gold and awash with cocaine

By johnboy 26 January 2013 68

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Myles Peterson (ex of the Canberra Times, sacked by the Pirate Party from his unpaid media role) has popped up in the Daily Telegraph fuelling every ignorant bogan’s wildest stereotype of Canberra.

Cashing in on the torrents of taxpayer cash flowing on to Canberra’s gold-paved streets, local retailers and supermarkets charge prices found only in South Yarra and Vaucluse

Cocaine busts in Canberra have been spiralling upwards. Late last year, kilos of the stuff was discovered within just 1km of Parliament House. If frequent police and Customs claims that only 1 to 2 per cent of the illicit drug trade is uncovered are to be believed, hundreds of kilos, with a street value gauged in the millions, are potentially wandering the capital’s streets looking for cashed-up buyers.

Canberra is a beautiful city. Hectares of manicured lawns and small forests surrounded by august and occasionally gaudy architecture. Life expectancy is world-first. Warped by the executive bubble, average incomes soar higher than any other city in Australia.

But really, read the whole thing.

It’s not that he’s wrong in all of his criticisms that gets me so much. It’s that a great number of you must be holding out with the charlie.

What’s Your opinion?


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CraigThomler 2:51 pm 01 Mar 13

Myles now has quite the track record. That’s some kind of achievement.

I hope he finds happiness someday.

BTW a growth of 100% over ten years is a fairly normal figure when considering the reduction in the numbers of APS1-3.

Essentially wages have risen, unemployment has remained low, thus people have been employed at higher levels than previously.

Given te public service ha been shrinking as a proportion to our population for the last five years, I don’t see an issue – except where people are promoted ahea of ability & experience.

The drug allegations are opinion only and are not supported by any statistics or evidence. I trust the Myles would have gone to the police if he had any.

rosscoact 5:49 pm 29 Jan 13

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

drfelonious said :

I expect we will see a lot more of this kind of narrative theme from News Ltd until the election. Helps lay the groundwork.

There was a very noticeable trend in articles about public servant pay and conditions in the Courier Mail in the lead up to the Qld election last year.

I think you’re on the money there

There were also a lot of public servants in Queensland sacked after the elections. Your point is?

Isn’t that the point?

dungfungus 12:09 pm 29 Jan 13

rosscoact said :

drfelonious said :

I expect we will see a lot more of this kind of narrative theme from News Ltd until the election. Helps lay the groundwork.

There was a very noticeable trend in articles about public servant pay and conditions in the Courier Mail in the lead up to the Qld election last year.

I think you’re on the money there

There were also a lot of public servants in Queensland sacked after the elections. Your point is?

thebrownstreak69 12:00 pm 29 Jan 13

chewy14 said :

Masquara said :

Well it may be news to you, but most people partner up.

So that’s a no? You can’t point out where he was talking about EL1 couples?

It may be news to you but people don’t necessarily partner up with people earning the exact same amount of money as themselves.

He talks about EL1’s with million dollar houses, coast houses and cocaine binges well within their price range.

Most EL1’s I know barely make $100K. There are no allowances or junkets, that’s complete fiction.

And the very few of them that I know have million dollar homes, do so because they’ve saved money over decades and bought their first houses prior to the boom of the early 2000’s.

Not one of them do coke (although I’ve no doubt that some of them would if it was as readily available as the article suggests).

+1. If they’ve been EL1 for a couple of decades, and bought several years ago, then maybe. A combined income on a couple of hundred thousand doesn’t buy most people entry to the million dollar house market.

Flippant 10:53 am 29 Jan 13

bundah said :

‘Between 2001 and 2011 the number of EL1s grew by more than 100 per cent’

If that is actually the case can someone ‘please explain’?

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/public-servants-hit-career-bottleneck-20121121-29pj5.html

Roundhead89 10:49 am 29 Jan 13

Whenever I hear about the Tele I remember New Year’s Day 1980 and their front page calling the celebrations at the Opera House “wonderful”, “exuberant” and that the mood was “don’t look back”. While I was reading this I was hearing news reports on radio and TV about the drunken riot there and the pelting of the performers on stage with beer cans and broken stubby bottles.

30 years later they are still publishing crap. Little wonder a few years ago people were saying “Is that true or did you read it in the Daily Telegraph”?

chewy14 10:02 am 29 Jan 13

Masquara said :

Well it may be news to you, but most people partner up.

So that’s a no? You can’t point out where he was talking about EL1 couples?

It may be news to you but people don’t necessarily partner up with people earning the exact same amount of money as themselves.

He talks about EL1’s with million dollar houses, coast houses and cocaine binges well within their price range.

Most EL1’s I know barely make $100K. There are no allowances or junkets, that’s complete fiction.

And the very few of them that I know have million dollar homes, do so because they’ve saved money over decades and bought their first houses prior to the boom of the early 2000’s.

Not one of them do coke (although I’ve no doubt that some of them would if it was as readily available as the article suggests).

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