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State Funeral for Jim Murphy? [With poll]

By johnboy - 27 May 2011 32

There’s a bit of a push gaining traction on talkback radio to have a state funeral for Jim Murphy who passed away yesterday.

Somewhat akin to Canberra’s very own Kerry Packer, is this something you’d support?

Should the taxpayer cough up for the memory of society’s most wealthy?

State funeral for Jim Murphy?

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State Funeral for Jim Murphy? [With poll]
Thumper 3:26 pm 27 May 11

He may have been an excellent and very successful businessman as well as a great supporter of various charities, but I don’t think a State funeral is warranted.

I think it would cheapen the use of state funerals in the future and also set a precedence for having them.

MrMagoo 3:14 pm 27 May 11

fgzk said :

In the same week as the government shelled out for the repair’s to gravestones for another well connected merchant family, the Campbell’s. When will it stop.

Not a fair comparison really, Jim’s hardly of heritage value, the affore mentioned vandalsed gravestones represent Canberra’s history.

Chaz 1:36 pm 27 May 11

a state funeral for an alcohol peddler? I don’t think so

Ian 1:33 pm 27 May 11

No. Seems State funerals are getting dished out fairly liberally in recent years, often for reasons of populism.

Rollersk8r 1:27 pm 27 May 11

johnboy said :

Rollersk8r said :

Steady on. The bloke’s only just died. Bit early and harsh to make it a correct use of public money issue.

Bit late after a wave of sentiment’s seen something announced.

???

schmeah 1:12 pm 27 May 11

No! No! No!

publically funded funerals should be reserved for someone who actually made a postive contribution to Canberra life .. that said, Bjelke Peterson got one in QLD .. but I must add, that went down like a lead balloon.

fgzk 11:55 am 27 May 11

In the same week as the government shelled out for the repair’s to gravestones for another well connected merchant family, the Campbell’s. When will it stop.

Erg0 11:54 am 27 May 11

Only if I get an invite for the wake.

Jim Jones 11:48 am 27 May 11

shirty_bear said :

Selling (and sinking) p1ss by the truckload gets you a state funeral? Pretty soon no-one will have to shell out for their own burial. Sweet.

To be fair, he was very well known as being very generous in his involvements with charity and community events for a long time. As far as I know, he’s widely respected by most people in Canberra, despite being a strong supporter of the Liberal party.

shirty_bear 11:43 am 27 May 11

Selling (and sinking) p1ss by the truckload gets you a state funeral? Pretty soon no-one will have to shell out for their own burial. Sweet.

Pommy bastard 11:36 am 27 May 11

I vted “yes”, but I’m blowed if I’ll be offering to be a bearer.

It’s me poor back you know, not been the same since Trafalger…

M0les 11:30 am 27 May 11

Absolutely!

If Kez Packer or Dick Pratt deserved a trumpet send-off then I think “hellojimmurphy” can get one too!

Holden Caulfield 11:23 am 27 May 11

Yeah, nah.

johnboy 11:22 am 27 May 11

Rollersk8r said :

Steady on. The bloke’s only just died. Bit early and harsh to make it a correct use of public money issue.

Bit late after a wave of sentiment’s seen something announced.

Rollersk8r 11:17 am 27 May 11

Steady on. The bloke’s only just died. Bit early and harsh to make it a correct use of public money issue.

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