I am shocked and horrified. Clover Moore is not Scrooge, the Howard Government is!
The parliamentary Christmas tree is no more. It’s been sold to the ACT government and is now somewhere in Civic (alert Canberra readers, please tell us where!). It seems it was too expensive to decorate.
Savings from not erecting, decorating and lighting the tree will be directed towards extra spending on the national Australia Day celebrations in the forecourt of Parliament House, which the Prime Minister attends. Two weeks ago, Mr Howard described Ms Moore’s decision to downplay Christmas decorations at Sydney’s Town Hall and remove religious symbols as ridiculous and “political correctness from central casting”.
Is nothing sacred? Bronwyn Bishop is not happy. Would this outrage have occurred if she had been Speaker?