– not to mention the small matter of the weekly raffle.
Joe6pack thrust the Raffle Instruction Book into moi’s trembling paws a couple of hours ago. He is unavailable this evening due to a home invasion – of the nicest possible sort.
So please be patient with me as I record names and numbers, allocate second, third, and even fourth choices, and eventually spin the Wheel of Fortune. C@tmomma and Bushfire Bill, the bar is in your tender care for the next couple of hours, so do beHAVE.
Well, what have we learned this week?
• PMJG announced her new ministry – with some cracking new talent
• Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced the withdrawal of most Australian troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year – and about time, too
• Yet another asylum seeker boat capsizes off Christmas Island, with lives lost and several seriously injured – response from the Greens: crickets
• Former NSW ALP mining minister Ian Macdonald was described as Eddie Obeid’s left testicle – cruel, but apt
• Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said a Coalition government would impose “behaviour protocols” for asylum seekers – but did not reveal what colour(s) the stars would be
• Zed Seselja has been confirmed as the Canberra Liberals’ Senate candidate – Mr Abbott’s nose seems slightly out of joint
• The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry masquerades as Santa Claus again, offering Australia’s lowest-paid workers a stellar increase of – wait for it – $5.80 per week . . .
• . . . which allows a nice little segue to Mr “you won’t be hearing much from moi” Joel Fitzgibbon and his heartfelt sympathy for those denizens of Western Sydney doing it tough on $250,000 a year.
Moi’s heart bleeds for you too, Mr Fitzgibbon.
To return to more important matters: the usual raffle rules apply, and Joe6pack will (moi hopes) be around to organise a Tatts ticket or wager on the animal(s) of the winner’s choice at some stage.
Enjoy your evening,
and be nice to each other (especially moi . . . )