The lure of filthy lu­cre

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Saturday Extra -

I re­cently stayed in a top Syd­ney ho­tel in the Rocks dur­ing the amaz­ingly in­spir­ing In­vic­tus Games.

I was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that room prices were dou­bled dur­ing this event, which is held to cel­e­brate ser­vice­men who have been in­jured in the per­for­mance of their du­ties.

Ho­tel man­age­ment’s ex­cuse was that there was a high de­mand at the time due to “con­fer­ences”, but strangely the room price was back to nor­mal im­me­di­ately af­ter the Games.

My ques­tion is, why was this pop­u­lar Syd­ney ho­tel, and pre­sum­ably oth­ers, not sup­port­ing the In­vic­tus Games? Spe­cial trains were laid on from Cir­cu­lar Quay to Olympic Park. Surely the ho­tel could have also done its bit.

Is this re­ally who we re­ally are as a na­tion — putting profit ahead of what is morally right?

Thank good­ness for the brav­ery of the In­vic­tus ath­letes, who put on an amaz­ing event. Phil Sc­holes, Coffs Har­bour

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