Evan Thornley’s personal website has not been updated to note his departure from parliament.

The fallout from the collapse of ABC continues with Pitcher Partners’ Melbourne office shedding one fifth of its audit division before Christmas.

There is a very strong rumour getting around that negative gearing is to be axed as part of the tax review. Apparently the reason it has not been leaked is due to voter insurrection. Word is if the recomendation is made it will not be adopted until post next election and will only cover existing home i.e only new homes would receive the tax benefit.

How much of the education revolution funds, paid to senior secondary schools in July, was actually spent?? Seems many business managers put the money on a couple of 60 day investments…and have yet to get around to paying their accounts. Many computer suppliers have quoted at pre-crash prices (July/August/September) and are still yet to be paid! How will the computer ratio be affected by the new computer pricing? A lot!! Apple held prices until COB December, but new pricing for new school year will cut in to previously agreed plans.

I remember reading with interest your comments about the election of Simon Ingram as the Young Liberal-National Party President and his previous membership of the Democrats. You might be interested to know that a combined alliance of moderates, conservatives and members of the University of Queensland Liberal Club stacked out Simon’s own branch on Sunday. The alliance snared control of the branch and installed Anthony Fong as Chairman of the branch. A very unhappy Simon Ingram and allies stormed out of the meeting, which was held at the Jindalee Hotel, moments after the conclusion of the meeting. The alliance brought approximately 12 members to the meeting, which was no match for the mere 6 Simon Ingram-aligned members in attendance.

The Papal visit to Australia for the World Youth Day extravaganza last year provided an impetus to upgrade some important VIP infrastructure. A Vatican scouting team inspected the VIP reception facilities at the Richmond RAAF Base, through which the Pope would enter Australia. They pronounced the bathroom – which by all accounts was quite serviceable – unsuitable. $80,000 later, and the VIP bathrooom was ready to be graced by his Holiness, in time for his visit.

Peter Fray

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