Page 7 of the advertiser today (11/5/2011) has the potential alternative prime minister looking very solemn.
In the article it suggests that when he is the boss things will be different.
In the background of the photo it shows a bike assuming it is Tony's bike and not a ring in to fit with his image what does it say?
The bike is parked in his office.
Could it be that after over ten years of a Liberal government and a good period of a Labor government that nether major political can organise a project like reasonable bike parking at parliament house?
If they cant organise a bike rack what can they organise?
Oops! No slight upon SAPol facilities intended - I was working in Darwin at the time ...
Where I worked had a rack that could accommodate six bikes for a staff level of around two hundred, so there were a number of bikes propped up in hallways, alcoves and outside walls - the latter being easy targets. Lesson learned.
and this is where Danish members of parliament (including ministers) park their bikes
No need to bring them inside. Everyone have got a bike so no need to steal one (this is not quite true - hence most people ride <800$ bike to avoid tempting the weak)
But is it fiscally irresponsible to waste the taxpayers money on fancy offices for bike parking?
Tony's wonton waste of the tapayes dollars makes any claim abour goverment spending seem hypocritical.
After all even a fancy bike shed would cost a lot less to build per square meter than offices.
Atenativly perhaps they just dont need such large offices.
After all how many hours a year would the elected members actually use their offices in Canberra?
Given that the office alredy existed before he became Opposition Leader then surely it would have been a greater waste of money to build secured bike parking when there is adequate space in his office
This assumes that there is plenty of room for all staff and that dirt and oil from the bike are not damaging the floor coverings.
Given that the Prime Minister has a driver to do the wheelwork perhaps the difference will be that Mr Abbott's office will sport a tandem after the next election? Will he be happy to take a back seat? Or will that spot be (like Peter Costello) forever reserved for Julie Bishop ...