It has led to a grumpier mood than normal on behalf of some Senators, particularly those fleeing from Melbourne’s heatwave hoping to get away from our current Dubai style temperatures.
CLUB WELL FED
Not all are doing it so tough, despite the $115 billion budget blackhole caused by the global financial crisis and the nation living like Beverly Hillbillies during the mining boom we’re about not to have, Club Fed’s staff dining room has experienced most splendid renovations including a “completely new servery layout”.
The staff caf at Parliament represents possibly the best value dining in all of Canberra, excluding nabbing a Comcar for a KFC run, with $8 buying enough to fill even two of the late Senator Mal Colston’s eight stomachs. The buffet style arrangement has been enough to turn young, hungry political staffers into budding Robert Rays in terms of physique within a couple of years. Its magnificent “Parly burger” is the stuff of legend and was said to have prompted tears when a defeated MP from the West realised he would no longer have easy access to said burger without using his Gold Pass and enduring a four hour flight.
Parliament House chieftains have promised “further upgrades to the Staff Dining Room” which will be implemented over the year, including expensive new seating and table arrangements, refurbishment of some existing furniture and of the florist shop much favoured by lonely MP’s hoping to win over some Canberra totty on a cold winter’s night.
Appropriately enough, the bureaucrat left as a contact person is “Tahlecia Love”. Aint it grand? About four hundred grand in expense, one insider suggested.
Good to see the recession not cutting too deep.