Guess who picked up the bill from Queen’s recent tour of Oz?
You and me that’s who.
During her recent 11 day tour of Australia in October, the Queens passed out alot of gifts to Australian dignitaries.
The only problem was she passed the bill onto the tax-payer, in a little-know regal practice called “passing the costs to the realms”.
This time round 40 dignitaries, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce, received framed photographs and other mementos from the Queen, at a cost of over $14,000. The nation is also liable for the cost of the tour, amounting to more than $1 million.
General Michael Keating, AO, chair of the Australian Republican Movement spoke about the Queen’s unpaid bills and the future of the monarchy supplying our head of state.
Well Australia’s Birthday is coming up – and that means a day off for all you hard workers; and possibly a four day weekend for those less-hard workers out there (not that there’s anything wrong with pulling a sicky).
Whether you’re planning to stay home and relax, cheer on the Aussies in the third day of the Test Match at Adelaide Oval, attempt to bake some Lamingtons or even become an Australian Citizen; Breakfast Producers Chris Komorek and Michael Roelink have five top notch suggestions of what to do in Adelaide in order to celebrate and have an enjoyable day!
Does the entertainment industry need to change their attitude to online piracy? Rather than prosecuting pirates, why not simply make it cheap and easy for consumers to download their products?
Instead of leaning on the Kiwi’s to storm the compounds of alleged pirates holed up in their panic rooms with sawn-off shotguns couldn’t they simply get on board with the brave new world that is the internet?
Even the proposed SOPA and PIPA Bills in the USA generated great amounts of backlash over the past week, with many user-generated sites shutting down in protest of the bills. Most spectacularly Wikipedia’s 24 hour blackout.
Professor Michael Fraser, Director of the Communications Law Centre at the University of Technology Sydney, discusses the ramifications of copyright laws for intellectual property in the USA and their potential impact on Australian citizens.
When Doctor Who wants to check if his sandwich is indeed tuna and not dolphin he simply sonics it with his screwdriver.
For the rest us non-alien creatures, this technology is well beyond our reach, or is it?
Devices like the doctor’s sonic screwdriver and Startrek’s tricorder used to identify alien species have always been technologies of tomorrow, but now, thanks to DNA barcoding, they are here today.
On the weekend Adelaide will be host to the Fourth International Barcode for Life conference, Professor of Plant Conservation Biology Andrew Lowe from Adelaide University spoke with Jennie Lenman and told us a bit more about these fantastical devices.