Australia

Jacinda’s Way

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NZ PM Jacinda Ardern is in Australia and unsurprisingly the media is giddy with delight. Before we have Lisa Wilkinson write another open letter to ScoMo, What a surprise the NZ PM kicked off her tour in the Democratic People’s Republic of Victoria alongside Chief Commissar Dan Andrews.

While her wellness budget has been sold as a savior, remember in Australia our current commitments in wellness already outweigh NZ’s on a per capita basis. Maybe that’s why 570,000 Kiwis live here and only 39,000 Aussies in NZ.

CM’s budget comparison can be found here.

ABC lowers the bar (again)

Good to see our tax dollars get allocated so wisely at the public broadcaster. ABC’s JJJ music wing thought an article on oral sex titled, “A beginner’s guide to blowies” was just what the audience required. It will probably get put down as an oversight with assurances it won’t happen again until it does.

Noosa Shire declares climate emergency

Noosa Shire has declared a climate emergency! So frightened are residents who stand to have their houses submerge below the waves that this house is a whisker from a fire sale at $5.2m! Many others just like it!

Has the $112m council got that little to do that it must indulge in this stupidity?

Contained within the 2017/18 Annual Report there is a section that looks at ‘Excellence as a Council’

It reports,

Top performing services were Waste Management, Customer Service, Disaster Management, Community Safety, Management and Supervisory Officers, Quality of Elected Council and Financial Management; and

Areas for improvement included Parking, Facilities, Economic Development/Local Employment, Road Maintenance, responding to the Community, Road Construction, and Providing Leadership and Advocacy.”

It doesn’t seem that a climate emergency is a concern of local residents.

So scared are local and future residents that the council approved 98.5% of the 503 development applications put forward. Hardly the actions of people fleeing for their lives.

The council reports 1,518,164 general waste bins 740,725 recycling bins 360,312 garden bins were collected with 131,000 visits to the tip.

Is Noosa Council paranoid of being thought of as a pariah if it doesn’t join the group think brigade of 650+ cities virtue signaling?

Perhaps we shouldn’t be too critical and celebrate Noosa Council’s climate efforts with the “one” EV charging station at Cooroy in 2018! Maybe it can champion the installation of 2 charging stations in 2019. A 100% uplift in climate commitments!

How pathetic are my neighbours?

While searching for a WiFi signal, CM discovered one of the neighbours has Abbott Derangement Syndrome! Could they be any more pathetic? No doubt this individual must be proud as punch to see Abbott’s replacement, Zali Steggall, seek to ban single use plastics inside Parliament House! Talk about an empty electorate.

As the old Jewish proverb goes, “before buying a house, first check the neighbours!”

NZ Rugby vs Rugby Australia – the franchise stats

Well, well, we’ll. Who’d a thunk? NZ Rugby (NZR) is focused on the game, not appearing to be woke. Is it any wonder Australia are unlikely to win the Bledisloe Cup for many more years to come. The investment NZR pour into the All Blacks swamps Rugby Australia’s (RA) pittance into the Wallabies because sponsors and fans see the Kiwi franchise for what it is – a united team of winners with returns!

It shouldn’t surprise us when RA & NZR reveal primary objectives.

Objective 1 in the NZR 2018 Annual Report is “REMAINING ON TOP OF THE WORLD” (p.18)

Objective 1 in RA’s 2018 Annual Report is written as, “For rugby to continue to be a sport of choice in a rapidly changing society…community coaches are responsible…for creating fun, safe and inclusive environments” (p.10).

With that RA mantra, NZR is faced with a longer term dilemma. Because the fans might have to consider they might “get tired of all this winning!”

In all seriousness, NZR should seek to form a new version of the Bledisloe with a worthy adversary in Europe because the Wallabies will drift even further away from being competitive with RA focused on such utter malarkey.

Or to even it up, perhaps the All Blacks under-18s should play the Wallabies?

So why the gap? The numbers between the two are as follows.

RA took in approximately A$30m in licensing and sponsorship last year. NZR raked in A$65m. More than double for a country with one-fifth the population. Think about it. The advertising base is smaller yet the sponsors must see the returns as superior to do so.

Total revenues for RA sum to around A$110m. NZR takes in A$182m in 2018.

Match day revenue for RA reached A$20m last year. NZR collected A$28m.

Total assets for RA sum to A$69m. NZR total assets are A$183m. Total equity for RA is A$27m vs NZR at $99m.

Just looking at financial metrics alone, RA is not going to rebuild this franchise without focusing on what NZ already knows. The business has one sole focus – the pride of a nation.

Should we be surprised that Eden Park has been sold out every game since 1962 when the All Blacks play the Wallabies? That’s a franchise. Maybe RA should ask why Australian based attendance of the same series has drifted 20-35% in the last decade.

Until the Wallabies have a priority that focuses on a winning formula that is driven from the top, expect to see turnstiles become rusty.

Pathetic really. This is exactly why the RA board and leadership need a complete overhaul. Amateurs playing against professionals. Get woke. Go broke.