Sure makes you think. Small change for the government but it's very strange that the taxpayer should be subsidising a billionaire's funeral.
"As the prime minister goes on the front foot defending Work Choices, news has come through of the cost of Kerry Packer's memorial service at the Opera House earlier this year. The Oz reports it was more than $73,000 which was paid for by the federal government – ie taxpayers. It doesn't include the cost of NSW government provided security, police and parking arrangements at the Opera House. Here's how the amount was made up, according to a list provided by the PM to Sydney Labor MHR, John Murphy: "The government paid for hiring the Opera House ($28,643), advertising ($18,479), flights ($9254), administration ($8797), publicity ($6256) and Comcars ($1791)."
Contrast this with the strident defence the PM made this week of an attempt by the privately owned Spotlight company to get an employee (who votes Liberal) to agree to give up all her benefits in a new work place agreement, for an extra two cents an hour pay. This would cost her $90 a week, or more than $4,500. When he died, Kerry Packer was worth an estimated $6.8 billion and his Australian private company made a profit of $111 million last financial year. Some people, like the PM, don't know when to stop or how to get their noses out of the trough."