We had a fantastic response to our recent quiz and we thank everyone who entered. The winner was William Stown, of Williamstown. Good boy Bill. For the record, the answers were as follows:
True. Of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled their country because of civil war, Australia has decided to accept 500. (All stand)
There are three man-made structures visible from space; The Great Wall of China, The Palm Island archipelago in Dubai and the Australian Parliamentary Expense Account Register.
True. Buddy Franklin is huge news because he has gone to Sydney, where the news comes from.
False. The Governor General of Australia is Quentin Bryce. Quentin Crisp was a writer and entertainer.
False. Tony Abbott is not a marriage celebrant.
False. Nicola Roxon is not a marriage counsellor.
False. This was a trick question. The winner of the ballot was Anthony Albanese. Bill Shorten was elected.
True. Sophie Mirabella’s plan to get out of Indi by losing her seat and getting a plum government appointment somewhere else is going particularly well.
False. Tony Abbott insists that members of his cabinet must be appointed on merit, regardless of whether they are men or women*.
True. Treasurer Joe Hockey described the state of the Australian economy as ‘in crisis.’ Australia was facing ‘a financial emergency’ he said. Since the election it has emerged that ours is among the strongest economies in the world. Mr Hockey regrets any misunderstanding and apologises to anyone who was hurt in the incident.
False. George Brandis is not held down by strong metal cables. The reason he doesn’t float away is that he’s heavier than air.
False. Science is not illegal in Australia.
False. The reason so many polling companies got the election margin wrong, the swing wrong and the senate wrong is not that they are idiots. It is that the only people polled were those with fixed line telephone numbers. This excludes anyone under the age of 106.
True. There are nineteen token men in the federal cabinet.
False. Mr Napthine is the Premier but Victoria currently has a Shaw government.
True. In the Declaration of Interests for members of parliament, under shareholdings, directorships, real estate, trusts and investments, Malcolm Turnbull has written ‘See attachment’.
False. Tony Abbott took three hours to complete the Macquarie triathlon. Despite a limited buildup for the event, he tried really hard, honestly. The suggestion that his expenses are worked out by the hour is ridiculous.
True. If Peter Slipper thinks it’s unfair that he’s on trial for allegedly rorting expenses while both the Prime Minister and the Attorney General are claiming expenses for attending his wedding, then perhaps he should have thought of that before he got married.
True. Scott Morrison is a minister in the Australian government. His portfolio is a secret.
True. The recent fiscal crisis in the US was caused by part of the party which is not in government. An equivalent in Australia might be allowing a decision about whether Australia has a carbon tax to be decided by a Queensland coal billionaire and a motoring enthusiast from Gippsland.
*Plural of ‘woman.’