Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Money wasted by governments..

I'm sitting here blog surfing, and Ken poked his head around the corner to tell me that Brumby (no, not the horse - our state Premier) has announced he is spending $3 million of our taxes on bringing Tiger Woods back here to play golf again. He has also pledged $25 million towards upgrading a bloody football field....
At this time of the year when winter is setting in, the media feature lots of stories about homeless people on the streets of Melbourne. They claim there is nowhere for them to go - everywhere they try is full, and they are turned away. $28 million would go a long, long way toward building some housing for these people. Even if it were blocks of flats just to provide a roof over their heads temporarily.

It makes me sick. Money spent on sport is wasted while there are people in our so-called Lucky Country who are not lucky enough to have even the most basic accomodation available to them in times of need.

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