Wednesday 20th of August 2014

weddings parties anythink...


weddings parties anythink...

Local entrepreneurs are being encouraged to play cupid to Indian couples to help connect the south Asian country's $14 billion wedding market to Australia's tourism industry.

Trade Minister Andrew Robb has highlighted a Melbourne-based company in a speech to the Australia-India roundtable dialogue as an example of Australian services that capitalise on matrimonial tourism.

Mr Robb said the company had recently set up a romantic setting for an Indian gentleman to propose to his girlfriend.

He said it was an example of how Australian companies could tap into India's massive wedding industry.

"Imagine that: a young man in Melbourne identifying a niche market in India, a service that he can provide, fulfilling one of the multitude of needs and aspirations in what you might see as the Indian wedding market," he said.

"Australia can offer services and experiences that might play an important role in that market, proposal services. Honeymoon services, and so on."

Mr Robb said the Government had forged a 90-year relationship between Australia and India by approving two Queensland coal projects in the Galilee Basin: GVK's Alpha Coal at Abbot Point and Adani's Carmichael Coal Mine and rail development.

He said the predicted $10 billion worth of investment could see up to 10,000 jobs created with the benefits to be felt into the 22nd century.


A 90-year relationship? ... Meanwhile, by 2032 the planet will be cooked medium rare with a tinge of burnt. by 2050, the planet will be screaming to stop for the burning of fossil fuels... Fucking idiots!...


when sophie got married...

The Finance Department has claimed it is "not possible to determine" whether Tony Abbott's travel to the wedding of then parliamentary colleague Sophie Mirabella was correctly charged to the taxpayer as "official business".

Emails released under freedom of information laws reveal conversations between the Finance Department and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet concerning Mr Abbott's travel to Ms Mirabella's 2006 wedding at Wangaratta.

Mr Abbott charged taxpayers $1090 for the wedding trip, but repaid the amount late last year after Fairfax Media ran a series of stories about senior MPs charging taxpayers for questionable travel.

Despite the Prime Minister making the personal decision to repay the money, the emails suggest Mr Abbott could not rely on the Finance Department to provide guidance.

Most revealing was an email, dated October 5, 2013, sent from the Department of Finance to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

"Mr Abbott's claim for the June 2006 travel to Albury was claimed as official business as a minister," the email states.

"Finance has become aware that the travel coincided with the wedding of a parliamentary colleague – Ms Sophie Mirabella."

The email goes on to say that Finance does not have "access to the paperwork today ... as it is held in archive".

"On the basis of the information available it is not possible to determine whether the travel was made in accordance with the relevant determination," the email concludes.

The FOI request was submitted by citizen journalist Margo Kingston, who said she ''crowdfunded'' the payments for the request.

The failure of the department in charge of MP entitlements to provide a ruling follows a pattern in which it has been unwilling to comment or take action on any of the examples of questionable travel claims revealed by Fairfax Media.

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