03 October, 2006

Thanks, suckers!

Thanks to blog archivist truthteller for finding this article that appeared in The Australian detailing the cost of the 2005 Looker Me! Tour to the Australian taxpayer. Soon the annual report will be released from last fiscal year which will give us a comparison to the visits last year of both the Swedish majesties and Australia's rightful Head of State, Queen E.


Taxpayer picks up Princess Mary's drinks tab

By Michael McKinnon and Annabelle McDonald
June 06, 2005

TAXPAYERS spent more than $130,000 so political leaders could sip champagne with the Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary Donaldson, and to ensure her first official visit home to Australia went off without a hitch.

The hefty bill was part of a total $300,000 of federal government funds shelled out when Mary and Crown Prince Frederik visited four cities in March. (NOTE : THIS IS FEDERAL GOVT ONLY) A further $177,000 was spent by the Tasmanian Government, while the NSW and Victorian governments and the Governor-General Michael Jeffery were believed to have laid out six-figure sums, bringing the total cost of the 23-day tour to an estimated $750,000.

Two media consultants worked to minimise embarrassing hiccups for up to four months ahead of the tour at a cost to taxpayers of more than $73,000. And in an attempt to impress the royal couple and diplomats who accompanied them, the federal Government threw a lavish $62,000 reception in Parliament House's Great Hall on March 9. The costs were contained in documents provided to The Australian following a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The couple also attended taxpayer-funded state receptions in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and the nation's capital at an unknown cost to residents of those states. They were accompanied by a 14-member entourage, but taxpayers picked up the tab only for the royal couple and Frederik's private secretary, Per Thornit.

The trio racked up $102,000 on four interstate flights in an RAAF jet and a five-car cavalcade with police escorts. The Government spent another $45,000 on five-star hotel suites and $12,000 hiring the VIP lounge at Sydney airport, buying Danish flags and badges, and printing commemorative programs. The Danish taxpayers are believed to have paid for the accommodation of the remaining entourage.

8 Comments:

Blogger Kendrake said...

Get her over here asap, so the aussie press can ask some salient questions. The Danish press has been a 'conga line of suckholes' for too long. I'm sure an aussie reporter can bring out the lemon face or the memorable pendant-ski moue. Perhaps one can do a reprise of the memorable occasion when Jackie Kennedy swept past a gaggle of reporters towards her jet (in the days when you walked over the tarmac). It was an Aussie who laconically asked "I suppose a fuck's out of the question". Icily ignored by the humourless Jackie.
Kendrake

October 03, 2006 10:57 pm  
Blogger Cece said...

LOL. What a great anecdote, ken. Oh, a reprisal would be great - and most fitting. Humourless describes la boganne to a T. Humour is not forced laughter such as when her hat flew off her head right before the wedding when she was wearing the curtain suit that Maria von Trapp made for her. It was like a manic Tom Cruise HAHAHAHAHAHAHA moment when you really got a glimpse of her crazy, as illustrated by her funky eyes in Passage de Gallstone.

October 04, 2006 3:25 pm  
Anonymous leesa said...

Having some concerns about Her Highness alleged visit to Oz in some 16 months time. I hope she'll be preggos then to at least save on the champ bill. - One thing for sure; whenever she leaves Oz, she'll only be whiter than on her arrival. She's managed to reverse the tanning process.

October 05, 2006 3:05 am  
Anonymous leesa said...

Don't know where to post this, but aboslutely adore Mary's genealogy! What a fab chart!

October 05, 2006 3:16 am  
Blogger vanessa said...

Well, well, well...it seems that Australian taxpayers (and our politicians) are not as stupid as Mary thinks. You can't manipulate all of the people, all of the time, Mares!

This is no coincidence, btw, because her sister apparently had no idea about the trip - and I feel that the DRF (well, Fred and Mares) were again putting the 'feelers' out to see how well they would be received! This isn't the first time... and Mares, I know you're not that bright, honey, but, have you got the message yet?

Australians are just not that interested in you, except for the mass-produced mags, whose readership is concentrated toward the 'I have such a boring life that I want to live it vicariously through people who achieve nothing but are just so wonderful because No Idea says so. I also would like Mary to have more happiness than anyone I personally know because, well, she's a princess! I believe everything this mag says, and others like it because I respect those wonderful journalists who think for me; I have no objective thinking at all. Is that a bad thing?'

Ok, I digress...

Mary's freebie, looker-me tour, Mark II has been shelved and down-graded to a 'private visit'. Hate to say "I told you so", but as I said earlier, I didn't think it would go ahead: there is absolutely no justification for it. The politicians would never get over the fierce backlash for unashamed frivolity and superfluous spending of public funds at a time when paying your own way is embedded everywhere.

I guess Mary cannot understand that public funds mst be ACCOUNTED FOR. It's taxpayers' money - has Mary totally lost any ability to think beyond her designer wardrobe and beauty treatments? Which begs the question: how did she get through that law degree? Oh, that's right, it was from the UTAS - hardly Australia's best...before anyone says something, I hold 3 degrees, all from Australia's world-recognised, top 2 universities and 2 upper post-graduate at that.

Btw, I'm not surprised that Mary thinks she can hoodwink everyone; I mean, she duped the DRF, didn't she? In her deluded thinking, she most likely think's Fred and family are the arbiter of intellect...*trying not to laugh hysterically*

In fact, there is no justification for Mary and Fred to ever come to this country for an official visit. The BRF have an entitlement, but, not the DRF. Queen Elizabeth is our Head of State and at least she has substance, is hard-working and a woman of true nobility and worth. Not like some other shameless opportunist, who shall remain nameless...

Now, what is Mares going to do without all the love from her homeland? Awww...my heart bleeds, it truly does.

Thanks to all those people who made positive comments about my former post on this subject.

Oh, and Cassandra, I wasn't whingeing at all - just making a point about tight fiscal policy in Oz to highlight the lack of justification for totally unnecessary royal visits - and the rapidly changing fabric of Australian economy and society. People are just not as willing to see their tax dollar wasted by such ostentation and extravagance. Even the Queen has caught up with such changing economic landscapes - and I mean QEII, who is the only Queen worth mentioning, in my opinion.

I will say, however, though suffering is far, far worse elsewhere around the globe, it does not diminish the real suffering of some people in Australia because of Gvt policies. :)

October 11, 2006 2:48 am  
Anonymous Cassandra said...

No worries Vanessa! I love your posts. I guess I am out of touch on how the economy has changed...I just hear that it's booming (unlike just about anywhere else in the world) so I was a little unpleasantly surprised. But I would take your word for it, you're a smart lady and right on the money (pardon the pun).

October 16, 2006 9:43 am  
Anonymous Cassandra said...

I forgot to say...since Howard came in (10 + years ago now), there have been far fewer BRF visits than in the Hawke/Keating years.

Mary should at least take a clue from that. If Charles and the Queen now average about one visit a decade....she should make do with one per century.

October 16, 2006 9:46 am  
Anonymous Jasmine said...

This woman and her man are just shameless freeloaders. I am really fed up with this pair. Good riddance to them.

October 17, 2006 1:00 am  

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