Not just the fish stinking 10/3/2006
The manmade fish pictured below (click to enlarge) on the Yarra in Melbourne are for reasons far beyond my ken connected to the Commonwealth Games beginning next week.
I took the pic last Friday. Which was probably just as well because if I’d taken it tonight, when organisers are rehearsing the Games’ opening ceremony, I could have been up for a $240,000 fine.
The Bracks Government, which has shown with its anti-vilification laws it has no respect for free speech, is threatening to fine media outlets which publish images taken during these rehearsals. Never mind that the rehearsals are on public property.
As usual, the spineless, inept Victorian Opposition is mute about this transgression of basic civic rights.
No one is saying it out loud yet, but the Games are threatening to turn into a flop with thousands of overpriced tickets unsold, big sporting names pulling out and huge numbers of Melburnians greatly inconvenienced by detours and road closures.
And proving yet again that no one can turn an economy belly-up as completely as a Victorian Labor Government, Bracks’ crew has managed to run up a bill of more than $2 billion from initial estimates of $160 million.
And still nothing from Popeye Doyle and his duds in the Opposition.
Perhaps they’re keeping their powder dry until all the invoices are in. By waiting to dump until after the Games they avoid appearing as spoil-sports. Maybe, but I think Popeye’s just chicken-shit about upsetting Liberal tzar and Games supremo Ron Walker.