Waste of Money

I can’t think of a bigger waste of money right now:

The New Zealand Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is seeking expressions of interest from young New Zealanders who are interested in representing New Zealand at Commonwealth Day in London on 12 March 2012.

Applicants need to be aged between 18 and 25 years, with strong leadership skills and an interest in the Commonwealth and parliamentary affairs.

The theme of this year’s Commonwealth Day is “Connecting Cultures”. The one-day programme will include:

  • discussions on the Commonwealth, the CPA, and their contribution to parliamentary democracy;
  • short debates and presentations on current critical issues in the Commonwealth;
  • attendance at the Observance at Westminster Abbey at which Her Majesty the Queen will be present as Head of the Commonwealth;
  • and attendance at the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s evening reception in the presence of Her Majesty.

A whole lot of travel for a one day programme…what this trip amounts to is a first class lesson in troughing.

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  • Origen

    Read further: “Please note the successful applicants will need to meet the cost of their travel to London.”

    • Honcho

      As a 25 y.o. I was dead keen on applying for this trip, until I noticed the above.

      • Luke

        Same here.

  • Anonymous

    They no doubt anticipate that there are enough ex-pat Kiwis of that age group in London to get the desirable attendance.

  • Tristanb

    What the hell’s a Commonwealth? Is it some sort of animal that needs protecting?

    Just Googled this term. Apparently it’s a group of countries including NZ that Britain used to deal with, before it sold us out for Aspie Germans, arrogant French and lazy Spaniards and a bunch of other Euro trash.

  • Geoffk

    waste of f…..g time!

  • Angry Croc

    Guess afew MPs will tag along at tax-payers expense.

  • Shaun Wallis

    You have to pay for the travel yourself