Archive for June 25th, 2008

Chief Minister survives no confidence motion 11-6

I ended up spending some of the afternoon at the Legislative Assembly watching the debate surrounding the no confidence motion tabled against ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope last week. In the end, the only people to support the motion were the Liberal opposition.

The Chief Minister survived the motion 11 votes to 6.

Oh well, there’s always the election on the 18th of October.


June 25th, 2008 at 06:26pm

Receptionist via video link?

From my spam folder:

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According to, “receptionist” is a noun meaning “An office worker employed chiefly to receive visitors and answer the telephone.”

It could just be me, but I don’t think having a receptionist greeting guests via video link is going to look very professional. Perhaps they will have a budget non-video-link version where they put a phone at reception with a sign pointing to it saying “To talk to receptionist, lift handset”.

I suppose it could be worse, they could have all of their “receptionists” in an Indian call centre: “Welcome and pleased be us for calling office the Mr. Andrew. Do having tell of what for you call and hold?”

Such strange offers make their way around the planet in spam emails.


June 25th, 2008 at 05:23am


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