SAUSAGEGATE: 'One bite would have been polite'
Thursday, April 6:
THE reporter who organised a sausage sandwich for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the PM should have taken a bite.
"I asked Kay to hand it to him because I wanted to see if he would take a bite," Northern Star's Alison Paterson said.
"After all, this food was being given out to people who had suffered in the flood.
"One bite would have been polite.
"As a pollie, he's no doubt had to stomach more unpalatable ideas and decisions."
Wednesday, April 5:
SOCIAL media has reacted to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's visit to flood-devastated towns with a stream of memes poking fun at his decline of a sausage sandwich.
"That's very kind of you, but I think I'm running around a bit much to be eating that,' Mr Turnbull told the Lismore Baptist Church volunteer.
The PM's walk through Lismore CBD on Monday left some home and business owners upset because the media opportunity didn't come with immediate announcements of emergency funds.
Interest free loans were announced instead.
Flood affected residents can apply for a one-off payment of $1000 per adult and a further $400 per child under the age of 16 under the Disaster Recovery Program
Those who have lost their income due to the flood can apply for a regular cash Disaster Recovery Allowance for up to 13 weeks.
Couples over 21 can get up to $483 a fortnight each, while a single person with a child can get $579 and without a child $535, with some assistance for those aged between 16 and 21 also available.
Prime Minister turns down Sausage Sandwich... now we have seen everything pic.twitter.com/JFSMTMpRkD— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) April 3, 2017
"I announced the first assistance package last Friday, but when the extent of the damage became clear I told the Prime Minister more help was needed," Mr Hogan said.
"After he come to our community to inspect the damage first-hand on Monday, he agreed to fast-track it.
"This further cash help is something our community desperately needs and will help us to get back on our feet."
Elsewhere, here's how the internet reacted during the flood:
1. Watch out for the Crocs!
2. "Rock Ness Monster" visits Nimbin, according to Dave Lambert.
3. The "'fake office for smashing in a film clip" by Reuben Barkley.
4. The 'local pharmacist swims to work', according to Vicki Thrower
5. "Mock not my love of the Pyjamabag'"
Outfits suggested by Rob Sheather, during the floods.
6. The flood was bad, but not so bad Queensland turned into Tassie.
Although blending the two might be pretty bad in some ways.
7. Bit rude. And funny.
8. The practical transport suggestion during floods, by Steve Bell.