Basil Zempilas Top 10: Cash incentives for students to boost ATARs, City of Perth Skyworks and ‘brand Australia’

Headshot of Basil Zempilas
Basil ZempilasThe West Australian
Email Basil Zempilas
Basil Zempilas.
Camera IconBasil Zempilas. Credit: Jody D'Arcy/JODY D'ARCY

1. The good people who work for this fine newspaper are quite capable of defending themselves — but I can tell you with the insight of someone who shares the corridors, the carpark and the canteen with them, the themes of the Modesty Blaise cartoon which ran on Monday do not align in any way with the values of anyone at The West Australian.

Yes, mistakes happen, this one should clearly have not, but it would also be a mistake to assume this was anything more than a regrettable system error.

I for one am proud to have a small role with a newspaper which stands so zealously against racism and injustice.

2. Every West Australian who was denied the right to travel interstate for or attend a funeral locally during the COVID crisis should feel cheated.

Why their grief was any less significant to that of Troy Mercanti is just staggering. Embarrassing was one word used to describe the altered bail fiasco, humiliating seems closer to the mark.

Perth Australia Day fireworks.
Camera IconPerth Australia Day fireworks. Credit: Thom

3. Remember when the City of Perth was going to reallocate Skyworks funding and the event wasn’t going to happen?

Remember when this column suggested the only fireworks that was going to create was behind closed doors?

And perhaps you remember last week this column claiming what the Premier wants the Premier gets?

Guess what — Skyworks is going ahead in 2021. And so it should. We’re not mugs on page 13.

4. Shelf companies, fake invoices, skimming the cash. Whatever happened to integrity, honesty and doing the right thing?

5. Cash incentives for school children to work harder are fine, if it’s their own parents dangling the prize.

But it’s not a school’s job to be interfering with monetary inducements for better ATAR scores. Top marks to the Education Minister for shutting it down.

6. That new “brand Australia” logo is a joke.

A proposed logo for brand, Australian Made. Supplied
Camera IconA proposed logo for brand, Australian Made. Supplied Credit: Supplied,

How an abstract gold wattle design sells our country and our products better than a kangaroo is absurd.

The marketers have outsmarted themselves on this one.

7. Just when you thought there was nothing much to like about the 2020 AFL season, Gold Coast Suns 19-year-old Matt Rowell has saved the day. How good is the kid?

8. If it’s a great community driver in Thornlie, it can be in Cottesloe, too.

It’s not 1950 anymore and hasn’t been for 70 years, anyone opposing the construction of a skate park down Marine Parade way needs to pivot grind (ask a teenage skater) fast.

9. Winners should say nothing, losers even less.

How the Premier of Victoria must wish he’d had the wisdom of my year 10A football coach Jeff Hopkins.

10. The Suburban Boy, Dave Warner’s new collection of footy songs is odd but intoxicating. Ballburster is what you’re looking for.

Google it.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails