It was a pretty awful week last week, starting with various murders still in the courts, including the sentencing in terrible one where a man fuelled with alcohol and drugs raped and killed the young French student at Kurilpa on the southside, near the Gallery of Modern Art. There was another at Goondiwidi, where a woman was choked and strangled with her jeans.
I know that the Dreamworld bosses were worried about over 1000 staff sitting at home and worrying about their jobs, as well as getting the money rolling again, and I had some sympathy for Ms Thomas, who had just completed her first financial year in the job after coming from editing Womens Weekly.
She was not expected to do well, and the share price duly tanked, but she’s proved OK so the share price steadily climbed.
Bad luck her big show and tell at her first annual meeting was just after the Dreamworld accident, and she talked about reaching out to the families. Happens they were watching on TV and hadn’t yet heard from her.
Ardent Leisure actually owns over 150 leisure assets in Australia, NZ and the US, so she has a lot to think about, but she stuffed up on this one.
Any way, she apologised, donated her cash bonus of $167,500 to the Red Cross for the benefit of the families, and showed up next day on site with a bunch of flowers, as did a lot of other people:
And Dreamworld will wait until the victims are buried, and the rides all thoroughly tested, before they open again. Thing is, under the gentle cascading stream was some rather unforgiving machinery:
Then on Friday morning we heard about a horrific murder of an Albanian cleaner at Jillinda Place at The Gap, the suburb next door to us.
This was followed rapidly by the murder of a bus driver in Moorooka, with a ‘passenger’ entering the bus, dowsing him with accelerant and setting him alight. Then standing and watching until the police came.
The police said there was “no apparent motive” but he was a Punjabi, a ‘sociable, multi-talented guy’ who made a lot of people happy, so maybe that was it.
Taxi driver Aguek Nyok, also presumably from somewhere else, became a hero, when he kicked in the middle door and let the passengers out.
I know there’s mayhem in the Middle East, but life suddenly seemed fragile.