Oprah is going to Australia

I’m sorry. That title should read “Oprah is going to screw Australia” and then the opening line should have read “out of nearly $3 million.”

Monday on the season premiere of Oprah, Oprah told her audience that she was taking all 300 of them on a free 8 day trip to Australia on a plane flown by John Travolta. A bigger surprise was that Australia would be footing the $3 million bill. Suckers.

Former federal tourism minister John Brown asked the media not to be “cynical about the cost” at a time when the number of Australian leaving for overseas holidays outstrips the number of tourists coming to Australia for vacations.

“We spent hundreds of millions of dollars over 30 years without much effect, I must say that honestly,” he told a news conference. “The publicity that Oprah will bring to Australia around the world is something you couldn’t buy.”

$3 million? That’s alright. All Australia has to do is hold more kangaroo races and force Crocodile Dundee to make a couple more sequels to pay for it. Right, guys?

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13 years ago

Why is it people with all the money never have to spend it?

13 years ago

Apparently a lot of countries asked Oprah to come but the fact that someone told her it could be “Oprah House” [>> Opera House: get it?] and she thought that was really funny, made Australia her choice.