While not directly related to Sport, this could have a sizable impact on Bowl fest '09 (i.e. The Captain, JB and my trip to the Doncaster in two weeks) and needs to be mentioned. I am of course referring to the High Court challenge to the $900 stimulus package which is currently being debated.
Bryan Pape, Law lecturer at UNE and Nationals party member is trying to stop the payments through arguing that the Federal stimulus payments are unconstitutional. First, let me clarify something, as an economist I could never argue that these stimulus payments were the BEST way to inject life into the economy. However, in a world where political constraints make the best option hard to come by, these payments are as good an outcome as one could hope for. And actually, as an unreconstructed Keynseian I kind of love this blunt approach of throwing a big wad of cash at a problem. Sure, there may be some long term inflationary pressures but fuck the long term and give me some cash.
Anyway, this is where the douchebaggery of Bryan Pape enters. Look I am not going to go into his reasons (which beyond making himself semi-famous are unfathomable to me), but here is the deal: This is an economic issue. Lawyers, be they Bryan Pape or the High Court have no reason to be involved in this. This is an issue about injecting much needed funds into the economy. There is a benefit to doing this quickly. This is not the time to go off on a rant about the rights of the states and the dangers of unfettered federalism. In order to grab his moment in the spotlight, Bryan Pape is prepared to say a massive fuck-you to Australia. Every single one of us. Call it a vested interest if you will, but there is also the issue of MY cash.
I guess you could always send him an email.
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