The thousand delegates for Australia 2020 have been announced, and the hubbers weren’t on the list. I knew I should have included my Facebook IQ. Without trying to sound like a sore loser, I am now feeling a bit cynical about this whole thing.
NOMINATIONS VS INVITATIONS
When nominations closed, it was announced that 7,152 applications were received, and this included some multiple entries. Last week we heard that the thousand were chosen from 8,000 people. One wonders exactly how many personal invitations were issued on top of the nomination process.
EAST COAST ACADEMIA
There seems to be a lot of doctors and professors. There’s also a real east coast bias, especially from little ACT. Probably the need to pay one’s own way contributed to this skewed representation of our population. A cursory glance tells me Tasmania and South Australia don’t get much of a look in, but I could be wrong. Hopefully someone out there is generating some statistics on this group, I would love to know more. How many classroom teachers, I wonder?
JAMES “One Tel” PACKER
Seriously? Is he really one of the best and brightest in this country? Or could it be he’s there because he is incredibly rich, in an inherited kind of way? I don’t begrudge people their bank accounts, but I find it hard to believe that someone who is building a worldwide gambling empire really has our society’s best interests at heart. To give him a say in what our future may be is what I call a serious conflict of interest, to say the least. Warren Buffet, he ain’t.
ARTS AT THE BOTTOM
Those of you who have watched the Kenneth Robinson clip will be interested to note that the names for “Towards a creative Australia” were listed last. It could be a coincidence though.
Enough of this tangent, back to the library stuff…..