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    Hey Solo, haven't you forgotten about Garbett, lol!

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    Yes I thought I would forget some players, sorry to Paul. His last good tournament as far as I know was Queenstown 06, so he'd be around your good self in my list, but you all may need plenty of players to apply to get 5 players who will go so both of you might make the team!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flukey
    I might still put my name forward as if I do make the team, my public servant empoyer has to give me paid "representing NZ leave", lol.

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    My public servant employer is still debating whether I can be given paid leave, on the basis of 'representing OZ at an international sporting event'! The age-old argument...

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    Does anyone know the exact format?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurfo
    My public servant employer is still debating whether I can be given paid leave, on the basis of 'representing OZ at an international sporting event'! The age-old argument...
    The solution is simple David, just get a Kiwi passport ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurfo
    My public servant employer is still debating whether I can be given paid leave, on the basis of 'representing OZ at an international sporting event'! The age-old argument...
    Lol! My boss had no problems with it ... but my work colleagues started saying things like if you get representing NZ leave for chess, can you get it for shopping as well?

    If you think it would help, I could get an email sent through from my boss explaining the NZ position ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flukey
    If you think it would help, I could get an email sent through from my boss explaining the NZ position ...
    That'd be great! I think it's going to be fine anyway, as they'll probably just ignore the 'chess as a sport' argument and give me the leave, but it'd be nice for chess players in the future here. I'm one of the few who doesn't think chess should be classed as a sport in Australia, but when I see figures putting the cost of funding each Australian olympic medal at over $15 million, I do get a little disillusioned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurfo
    That'd be great! I think it's going to be fine anyway, as they'll probably just ignore the 'chess as a sport' argument and give me the leave, but it'd be nice for chess players in the future here. I'm one of the few who doesn't think chess should be classed as a sport in Australia, but when I see figures putting the cost of funding each Australian olympic medal at over $15 million, I do get a little disillusioned...
    I think that no sport should be government funded, including chess. Of course, if the government insists on forcibly confiscating my money to pay for sport, then it may as well fund a sport I like, such as the Aussie Chess Olympics team.
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    To the politics thread Jono

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Dowden
    To the politics thread Jono
    One post is probably not going too far astray and Jono's post was related to the post it quoted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett
    One post is probably not going too far astray and Jono's post was related to the post it quoted.
    But Kiwis are well left of Australian centre (if there is such a thing in this politically polemic land ) so get all stressed out and can't cope with conservative-speak like small government and less tax

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    No stress here

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Dowden
    But Kiwis are well left of Australian centre (if there is such a thing in this politically polemic land ) so get all stressed out and can't cope with conservative-speak like small government and less tax
    Speak for yourself, Tony. Those concepts don't stress this Kiwi at all. BTW I am still only a Kiwi. Have not found any great argument to take out Australian citizenship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Dowden
    But Kiwis are well left of Australian centre (if there is such a thing in this politically polemic land ) so get all stressed out and can't cope with conservative-speak like small government and less tax
    Then how come the Kiwis got rid of Labour last election while the Aussies elected Labor instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Then how come the Kiwis got rid of Labour last election while the Aussies elected Labor instead?
    It was a nationwide protest at the previous government's appalling record of not funding a single Kiwi Chess Olympiad team despite 4 opportunities. The severest test for the new government is coming in September this year when the nationa will find out where it stands on funding NZ Chess supremacy.

    I expect the Australian change of Govt was for similar reasons...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qbert
    It was a nationwide protest at the previous government's appalling record of not funding a single Kiwi Chess Olympiad team despite 4 opportunities. The severest test for the new government is coming in September this year when the nationa will find out where it stands on funding NZ Chess supremacy.

    I expect the Australian change of Govt was for similar reasons...
    Heheh; I'm old enough to remember that the NZ Nationals didn't fund Chess Olympiad teams either.
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