Canberra, paved with gold and awash with cocaine

johnboy 26 January 2013 68

telegraph

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.


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CraigThomler 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 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 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 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 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 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 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).

rosscoact rosscoact 8:08 am 29 Jan 13

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

Conan of Cooma Conan of Cooma 7:53 am 29 Jan 13

Apart from the coke bit it’s largely factual.

drfelonious drfelonious 7:21 am 29 Jan 13

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.

Masquara Masquara 7:08 am 29 Jan 13

poetix said :

Masquara said :

PS Myles could have used Poetix’s much-defended and discussed $11.40 supermarket-soy-patty-and-two-lettuce-leaves-and-a-tablespoon-of-shredded-carrot sandwich (value a fiver at most) avec string bows as an example of Canberrans not living in the real world!

Yet Poetix is such a practical, common sense type of person. (Judging a city’s grasp of value for money by one of its poets would seem a slightly odd way to go, somehow.)

I do think he’s right about supermarket prices, though, amongst the more fanciful claims. I was shocked by food prices when I moved from Melbourne in 1867. Particularly lard, billy tea and treacle.

Gosh – you are earning enough from full-time poetry writing to spend $11 on that sanger? I thought Les Murray was the only full-time poet in Australia living only on his poetry. I suspect you are not on Les Murray’s plane, and must have a very pragmatic, realworld source of income there and are not in the least vague! : )

Masquara Masquara 6:32 am 29 Jan 13

chewy14 said :

Masquara said :

PantsMan said :

Generally agree with Myles.

Yep I was surprised to be in agreement with much of the article, and a lot of the reactions here in fact underline his points. Rents are high, prices are high, and we might think a hundred grand isn’t a high wage, but to the rest of Australia it is. Also, “million dollar house” is certainly no rarity for an EL1 couple. Where he goes off the rails is re the arboretum. The ACT has needed to grow its tourism possibilities, and locals don’t give a rat’s about the arboretum – I believe a LOT of tickets to the opera events he mentioned were giveaways. It is anything but an indulgence for locals.

Can you point out the part of the article that talks about EL1 couples?

Basically you’re saying that he’s at least overestimating by double and even then its a stretch. Good work.

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

Thumper Thumper 9:25 pm 28 Jan 13

Deref said :

kb78 said :

what a load…must be a slow news week

News?

This is the Daily Terror we’re talking about – the Australian equivalent to Faux News. They don’t do “news”.

Read this while stopping for a burger in Holbrook and couldn’t believe the complete and utter lack of anything resembling a fact.

Sadly, out there in redneck land they believe this crap.

chewy14 chewy14 7:12 pm 28 Jan 13

Masquara said :

PantsMan said :

Generally agree with Myles.

Yep I was surprised to be in agreement with much of the article, and a lot of the reactions here in fact underline his points. Rents are high, prices are high, and we might think a hundred grand isn’t a high wage, but to the rest of Australia it is. Also, “million dollar house” is certainly no rarity for an EL1 couple. Where he goes off the rails is re the arboretum. The ACT has needed to grow its tourism possibilities, and locals don’t give a rat’s about the arboretum – I believe a LOT of tickets to the opera events he mentioned were giveaways. It is anything but an indulgence for locals.

Can you point out the part of the article that talks about EL1 couples?

Basically you’re saying that he’s at least overestimating by double and even then its a stretch. Good work.

poetix poetix 6:43 pm 28 Jan 13

Masquara said :

PS Myles could have used Poetix’s much-defended and discussed $11.40 supermarket-soy-patty-and-two-lettuce-leaves-and-a-tablespoon-of-shredded-carrot sandwich (value a fiver at most) avec string bows as an example of Canberrans not living in the real world!

Yet Poetix is such a practical, common sense type of person. (Judging a city’s grasp of value for money by one of its poets would seem a slightly odd way to go, somehow.)

I do think he’s right about supermarket prices, though, amongst the more fanciful claims. I was shocked by food prices when I moved from Melbourne in 1867. Particularly lard, billy tea and treacle.

Deref Deref 5:55 pm 28 Jan 13

kb78 said :

what a load…must be a slow news week

News?

This is the Daily Terror we’re talking about – the Australian equivalent to Faux News. They don’t do “news”.

kb78 kb78 5:26 pm 28 Jan 13

what a load…must be a slow news week

miz miz 3:03 pm 28 Jan 13

And, on a re-read, he seems a little confused about the target of his spleen venting – is it the Cth or local govt? Eg, the arboretum et al is in the domain of the local govt.

miz miz 2:58 pm 28 Jan 13

They haven’t called APS rankings ‘ASO’ for years. I wonder how long he’s had this article parked.

fabforty fabforty 11:54 am 28 Jan 13

It’s OK. It was in the Telegraph. No-one takes anything printed in that rag seriously.

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