GET SET FOR A KOOKY KING
THE royal roadshow by Prince Harry and his expectant wife, Meghan, was so successful, I’m sure it set the republican movement back a decade. I hope so anyway. And now I am looking forward to welcoming King Charles, King of Australia. The Prince of Wales may be kooky, but he is endlessly entertaining.
Consider the somewhat bizarre interview he gave the BBC to mark his 70th birthday. Our future sovereign said his car runs on wine. And he promised not to be a “meddling” king.
Charles (pictured) has been criticised in the past for promoting homoeopathy, GM foods, and wacky green causes, although he was praised for backing the badger cull. Pressed on whether his public campaigning will continue, he says: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid.” It seems Charles, like his mother, knows his place.
Another highlight of the interview was the boast his 38-year-old Aston Martin Volante runs on wine – an environmentally friendly fuel that “smells delicious as you’re driving”. It’s actually a biofuel made from British wine. I’ve tasted British wine and that’s a good use for it.
KILLER HIGHWAY NEGLECT
THE killer Warrego Highway may be the most neglected road in Queensland. The Member for Lockyer, Jim McDonald, has begun a campaign for a major upgrade, pointing to Main Roads data over seven years showing traffic along the highway has grown by 25.6 per cent – well above population growth. There have been some upgrades, but not enough. McDonald was surprised when Jennifer Haslam, the secretary of the Hatton Vale Progress Association, unearthed minutes from a meeting in October 1995 in which a Main Roads boffin said the highway between Withcott and Haigslea was in serious need of improvement and that 12 interchanges and six overpasses had been planned. “That meeting took place 23 years ago and since then, only two of the interchanges have been constructed,” McDonald says.
ABC OF WASTE
IF YOU needed more proof the ABC squanders taxpayer money and fails accountability tests, consider this. A senior executive got a $232,500 bonus on top of a base pay of $388,702, taking his or her salary past $600,000. The payout was revealed in an annual report. The reason for the extravagance was withheld, but the person who won the bonus must have achieved an extraordinary management feat to earn it. We deserve to know what that feat was. For all I know, it may have been well deserved.
The report shows half of all ABC senior executives got a performance bonus. What irks me is that lavish sums are splashed around to managers at a time when cultural Marxists at the ABC whine about funding shortfalls.
The bonuses came as the ABC posted a $71.2 million loss. Who could forget how its economics correspondent was criticised for confusing revenue and profit when attacking corporations over low tax contributions?
Of course, the ABC doesn’t have to bother about paying tax, and with guaranteed taxpayer funding of $1 billion a year, the loss seems all the more extraordinary. If the ABC demands accountability of private corporations, it should tell us who was paid the big bonus and who authorised it.