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Keating wants Sydney as the new capital

By Cameron 24 May 2007 22

NEWS.com.au has this little piece reporting on Paul Keating’s view that Sydney should oust Canberra as the nations capital.

Among his reasons are the fact that Howard effectively bases his government in Sydney and that Canberra has an “air of unreality”.

Iemma and the Sydney Chamber of Commerce weigh in on the idea as well saying that whilst it’s unrealistic, the idea has merit.

Accompanying the article is a poll – currently up to 6500 odd votes – 31% of which want Canberra as the capital, 37% of which want Sydney and the remainder voted for one of the other state/territory capitals.

I shudder to think what would become of Canberra if we were no longer the nation’s capital…

(also just noticed that stan_bowles posted a link to the same article in this thread, so credit to him for first noticing, but think this warrants discussion of its own)

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Mr Evil 3:32 pm 25 May 07

His client’s probably that dick Kevin Rudd’s misses!

I hope he’s being paid the correct entitlements!

GuruJ 1:33 pm 25 May 07

Seriously, you all need a cynicism transplant or something.

Keating is being paid to raise the profile of Garden Island in Sydney for development. You’ll notice that almost every piece mentions it as an ‘ideal location’ for developments ‘such as’ Parliament House.

He knows damn well relocating Parliament to Sydney won’t happen, but he did manage to get free advertising for Garden Island on every single major media outlet in Australia.

His client (whoever that may be) is very very happy right about now.

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