Core and Non-Core Fir Trees

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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?

About Mark Bahnisch

Mark Bahnisch is a sociologist and is the founder of this blog. He has an undergraduate degree in history and politics from UQ, and postgraduate qualifications in sociology, industrial relations and political economy from Griffith and QUT. He has recently been awarded his PhD through the Humanities Program at QUT. Mark's full bio is on this page.
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2024 years ago

I wish Bronwyn had become speaker. question time would have been well worth watching.

David Tiley
2024 years ago

So you don’t get funded if the prime minister doesn’t go?