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Big Brother kills literary awards: the Newman government in a nutshell

September 12th, 2012

The sum of money isn’t huge[1], but if you want to sum up the Newman government in a single policy decision, it’s this: to save $200k, they could either scrap the Premier’s Literary Awards or withdraw a promised grant to fund the next series of Big Brother. Of course, they went for Big Brother, and boasted about it.

Update Although the funding is gone, the Premier-free Queensland Literary Awards have gone ahead, with a win for Frank Moorhouse, who has just brought out the final volume in the trilogy that began with Grand Days. I’m very keen to read this – the first two books were superb.

fn1. Compared, for example, to the $100 million they splashed on vanity projects for the racing industry which could have saved the jobs of of 1000 or so nurses.

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  1. Katz
    September 12th, 2012 at 19:48 | #1

    Newman prefers turkey slaps to “The Slap”.

    Chac’un à son goût.

  2. Freelander
    September 12th, 2012 at 21:12 | #2

    Book sales can be convincing awards.

    No. Don’t really believe that. Think. Harry Plopper.

    But formal awards are frequently no better.

  3. hc
    September 12th, 2012 at 21:45 | #3

    Its an outcome that is not humorous. It reveals much.

    In Victoria one of the first steps the Liberal government took was to abolish restrictions on developing the green belt areas around Melbourne – publicly-recognised Liberal Party contributor-developers will make a fortune from this move. Their next step was to permit commercial tourism development in state-run conservation parks. See who gets these contracts. I read this morning that the last reserves of a critically- endangered possum are to be logged.

    These are irreversible decisions made on behalf of Chamber of Commerce sharpies and the purple rinse set that imperil our community’s future. They are nausea-inducing.

  4. Freelander
    September 12th, 2012 at 22:20 | #4

    The brown paper bag economy is alive and well.

    But when will Australia finally abolish the death penalty? That is, witness protection.

  5. Freelander
    September 12th, 2012 at 22:32 | #5

    You old leftie! Such old fashioned ideas went with the collapse of the Berlin Wall!

    The brown paper bag economy is alive and well.

    But when will Australia finally abolish the death penalty? That is, witness protection.

  6. BilB
    September 13th, 2012 at 00:21 | #6

    Sounds like they’re getting stuck into making those “tough” decisions.

  7. Freelander
    September 13th, 2012 at 02:12 | #7

    Not in favor of the words prime minister, or premier, being attached to any award. For that reason I applaud the demise of the award.

    These scribblers hardly need encouragement anyway.

  8. Freelander
    September 13th, 2012 at 03:54 | #8

    In relation to big brother, prior to knowing any of this I had been musing what is the point of a democracy if it can’t or wont legislate a program like that off the air.

  9. Freelander
    September 13th, 2012 at 06:42 | #9

    Lets go loopidy loop….

    http://www.dailyreckoning.com.au/free-banking-and-lost-ideals-at-the-mont-pelerin-society/2012/09/12/

    Campbell Neuman, could, of course, have donated to this big brother, who definitely know what’s good for us.

    Free banking – exhilerating, like free-basing, just with money!

  10. Troy Prideaux
    September 13th, 2012 at 09:07 | #10

    Clive Palmer certainly didn’t hold back of his criticism of Newman on Lateline last night.

    CLIVE PALMER:
    “It’s not good person versus bad person, it’s the community we’re worried about. State government is there to deliver a service the people – hospitals, schools and police. And all of us benefit by that, regardless of our political views. It’s not goodies and baddies; it’s just a good service to the community.

    We’re a decentralised state, but we brought a Victorian in to tell us how we should run our state. He wasn’t elected and all he could say was that we haven’t – have got more public servants per capita than Victoria.

    Well that’s been the case since Federation. There’s no great news about that. Queensland and Western Australia are decentralised states. We’ve got Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mount Isa, Townsville, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast to deal with.

    We’ve got to provide those services across a great geographical area. And yet this guy wants to come in, sack people, so there’s a decline in services, so people get unemployed and there’s no money in the economy.

    For god’s sake, get some advice from an economist, not from an ex-barrister or someone like that. But is this what it’s really about, or is he playing politics with the people of Queensland?”

  11. Freelander
    September 13th, 2012 at 11:47 | #11

    Yes. Clive recognises that government needs to do some halfway satisfactory job if one is to have a reliable workforce to send down one’s dark satanic mines (or open cast for that matter)!

  12. wilful
    September 13th, 2012 at 12:04 | #12

    @hc
    Spoken like a true conservative, Harry. Good on you.

    (No sarcasm meant, implied or to be inferred).

  13. Freelander
    September 13th, 2012 at 13:03 | #13

    True conservatism has a lot going for it. Not everything new is good, nor old bad.

  14. rog
    September 13th, 2012 at 16:42 | #14

    It never ceases to amaze me how popular racing (gambling) is to some politicians. It creates jobs! they cry.

  15. Freelander
    September 13th, 2012 at 19:14 | #15

    But there’s money in gambling. If you’re doing it right, lot’s of cash. Unmarked bills. Perfect for brown paper bags.

    Or given politician’s acquired refinement – plain white envelopes.

  16. may
    September 13th, 2012 at 19:33 | #16

    hc :Its an outcome that is not humorous. It reveals much.
    In Victoria one of the first steps the Liberal government took was to abolish restrictions on developing the green belt areas around Melbourne – publicly-recognised Liberal Party contributor-developers will make a fortune from this move. Their next step was to permit commercial tourism development in state-run conservation parks. See who gets these contracts. I read this morning that the last reserves of a critically- endangered possum are to be logged.
    These are irreversible decisions made on behalf of Chamber of Commerce sharpies and the purple rinse set that imperil our community’s future. They are nausea-inducing.

    check out what colin clueless (a mandate given by 64 votes)is doing to the public open space on the Esplanade in Perth.

    and logging habitat of critically endangered unique wildlife?

    west oz is right (wing?) down there with the worst of the eastern states libs.

  17. Freelander
    September 13th, 2012 at 19:59 | #17

    Moder eh?

  18. sdfc
    September 13th, 2012 at 20:49 | #18

    Just wait until all that Riverside Dve traffic gets funnelled through the tunnel May. Should be a hoot.

  19. Freelander
    September 13th, 2012 at 21:23 | #19

    Given Qld susceptiblity to climate change damage, and flagging desirability as a retirement destination, I’m all for booting them out of the Ozizone. We could always replace them with the “land of the long white shroud” to retain the same number of states.

  20. Freelander
    September 14th, 2012 at 02:55 | #20

    Nice to see the occasional literary award winner eviscerated. In this case a job lot from another continent.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/anis-shivani/the-15-most-overrated-con_b_672974.html

  21. Freelander
    September 14th, 2012 at 21:16 | #21

    Well. A position coming vacant at Australia’s self-described premier government advisor on all things right! So, let’s hope jq applies. Getting the gig is possible. There’s even talk that to choose they are considering experimenting with merit selection.

    Wow! That’d risk that they could do the job!

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