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Quick – look like we’re stimulating the economy!

johnboy 22 November 2008 4

Jon Stanhope has announced [with some peculiar spacing] that he’s burying the hatchet and having a pow-wow with half the names on his enemies list for the sake of finding useful ways of stimulating the ACT economy.

    Participating in the round table will be the Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Business Council, Ms Chris Faulks, the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association, Mr John Miller, the Chief Executive of the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Chris Peters, the Chairman of the Canberra Business Council’s Tourism Taskforce, Mr David Marshall, General Manager of Australian Capital Tourism, Ms Simmone Shepherd, Ms Trish Kirkland from the National Capital Attractions Association, the Chair of the Tourism Industry Council, Mr Joseph Griffiths, the Executive Director of the Property Council, Ms Catherine Carter, and the Chair of Canberra CBD Ltd, Mr Manny Notaras.

    Mr Stanhope said it was vital that the Government and industry groups were proactive in coming up with creative ways of cushioning local businesses from any significant decline in consumerconfidence and spending in the period ahead – particularly in the critical Christmas retail period and the summer holiday period.

If the Commonwealth Government is determined to spend the economy back into good health then the most urgent issue Canberra is facing will be where to accommodate the job refugees who will start to flock here.


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4 Responses to Quick – look like we’re stimulating the economy!
trevar trevar 7:21 pm 22 Nov 08

Actually, housebound, ’roundtable’ has a different meaning from ’round table’. The latter is a phrase, where the meaning is derived from the two words; but ’roundtable’, having gained currency, was lexicalised in the nineteenth century (by the OED). It was derived from the King Arthur mythology. A roundtable is similar to a forum or a summit, an event allowing representatives of different organisations or groups to discuss something, and there is some irony in the fact that a roundtable could be held in a room with only a square table, or in a room entirely lacking a table; whereas a round table is always a round table (and often doesn’t involve any talking at all).

pure_blonde pure_blonde 4:27 pm 22 Nov 08

I think its rather interesting that Andrew Barr has been invited, yet Katy Gallagher (Treasurer and Deputy Leader) has been snubbed??

One would have to think if it was a roundtable meeting about the economy, you would have the Treasurer sitting at the table??

spoonbill spoonbill 3:00 pm 22 Nov 08

JB, Glad it’s not just me who thought round table was one of many examples of two words rolled into one in this media release. Stanhopeless and his illiterate staffers.

housebound housebound 12:47 pm 22 Nov 08

Good to see a Chief Minister who will work with people on issues of common concern.

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