With polling showing almost three-quarters of NSW residents believe the $300 million APEC bill is a waste of money (full story in today's APEC Survival Guide), the Prime Minister urged people to be more positive.
It was "the most important international meeting ever to be held in Australia", John Howard said, an opportunity for Australia to be paraded as a "modern, sophisticated, tolerant, multiracial society".
Mr Howard also announced $70 million worth of initiatives on climate change, an issue to feature prominently during the talks.
Source: SMH 3 September 2007.
I simply ask how many schools and hospitals could be built with this money, or if you prefer, how many Doctors and teachers could have been employed, instead of uniformed thugs?Think about it. Who makes a greater contribution to society - a doctor or nurse working in a child health clinic, or a polis-man driving a $600,000 water-cannon?