While you were eating your Weet Bix or sitting on the train, I was getting four centimetres of make-up and a blow-dry. I was also trying to read the paper for my regular Today Show What’s Making News segment with one eye open while the magical make-up fairy applied liquid eyeliner to my other eye. Tough morning.
We discussed some ripper stories this morning (you can watch the video here – sorry, 9MSN doesn’t allow embedding, grrrr) and I wanted to open all three of them for discussion because three minutes wasn’t nearly enough time to workshop them. The rest of the segment was admittedly spent talking about my shoes which Karl is rather fond of. Next week I may need to take a cold spoon on set with me….
Here’s what we discussed on air this morning:
TAXPAYERS may have to stump up $1.5 million to tempt disgraced golfer Tiger Woods back to Melbourne. The Herald Sun reports as a sheepish Woods prepares to return to the fray in the US Masters, Melbourne organisers confirmed they would try to lure him back to defend his Australian Masters title in November.
The State Government and event owner IMG are working on a similar deal to last year’s. The cost to taxpayers last year was about half Woods’ $3 million appearance fee. Sports Minister James Merlino said it was still “early days”, but the Government would love to have him back. The Government would secure the best economic and sporting deal for Victorians, not judge morals, he said.
A prominent women’s group has slammed the decision to use taxpayer money to lure the philandering golfer back to Melbourne. Women’s Network Australia founder Lynette Palmen said it would be wrong to finance Tiger’s Aussie comeback. “Perhaps he should pay his own way or event organisers should put their hands in their pockets,” Ms Palmen said. “I certainly don’t think people would feel comfortable if taxpayer dollars were used to get him here.”
I don’t buy this one. It’s business not morality we’re talking about here. Last year’s visit cost the tax-payer (via the Vic state govt) $1.5m and brought $30m into the Victorian economy. You do the math. If Tiger had been found to be cheating at golf in some way then that’s another story. But I don’t believe his off-field (or whatever it’s called) life should factor into the financial decision of whether or not to bring him out again.