On my way to work this morning there was an enormous traffic jam on Parkes Way which turned out to be caused by a few guys with a truck, a hose and a wheelbarrow apparently not doing anything and taking up the whole road not doing it.
At the start of the jam I switched my radio to 666 in an attempt to find out if there was an accident, but instead found myself listening to their fortnightly Chief Minister Talkback. I think it was supposed to go for about half an hour, but our esteemed CM spent so much time waffling on about CFU funding that they extended the time (I spent rather longer on Parkes Way than intended and so managed to listen to most of it).
So. What follows are the points that I gleaned from what Mr Stanhope had to say to the people of Canberra this morning:
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The Eastman retrial thingy is costing in excess of $1 million. This was related somehow to the funding cut for CFUs. I’m not quite sure how.
His junket is not a junket, it’s a very serious working trip during which he will be developin vital connections and vital links. The Opposition’s labelling of this vital trip as ‘the greatest junket in history’ is a sign of Brendan Smyth’s immaturity.
Then followed a series of much easier questions regarding worn-off road markings near a school, fences along pathways, lights and a pedestrain crossing that isn’t there.
Stanhope remarked that there is a certain amount of indiviuality in Canberra’s fences.
His advice to the lady who wanted to paint pedestrian crossing stripes on a Traffic Calming Device was, “Don’t go around painting things in the middle of the night.” He said he was concerned if children were confused about what was a TCD and whas was a pedestrian crossing.
There was then some long and complicated question about community infrastructure funding but by that time I was negotiating the circle into Pialligo and stopped listening.
And all this only took our CM 40mins to explain.