Posted By Dann
It was reported by this website on June 2, 2008 that the brooch worn by then newly elected Governor General Quentin Bryce was constructed using the Bindeez art toy famous for its narcotic effect on children.

A statement from Moose Enterprises, distributor of the Bindeez toy, notes that since the recall of the original toy, a replacement bead activity toy has been made available to consumers, known as Beados.

‘The bead has been reformulated with safer ingredients,’ the statement from the company reads, and notes that ‘the ingredients are a trade secret.’

It is unclear whether Ms Bryce’s brooch was made using the contraband Bindeez or the apparently safe Beados.


 
Posted By Dann
Last weekend’s 2020 summit sought to ‘help shape a long term strategy for the nation's future,’ according to a statement from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In the aftermath, the majority of media outlets seemed more interested in reporting on Cate Blanchett and the first major outing of her new infant, Ignatius, despite the approriateness, or otherwise, of the summit as a medium for the child’s debut. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had further highlighted the casual nature of the discussions set to take place during the two-day series of speeches with his weekend ensemble devoid of his customary tie, a fashion replicated to near indenticallity by almost every male delegate present over the weekend.

While numerous important matters were no doubt discussed before a whiteboards and poignant cartoons, the one that has remained a talking point in the week since has been the possibility of Australians once more having the opportunity to vote on whether the country should remain a monarchy or embrace change as a new republic. As yet, no dates have been set for official discussions on the topic, but the matter must surely be weighing heavily on the mind of newly elected Governor General Quentin Bryce.


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with Quentin Bryce (AAP: Alan Porritt)

Only a week before the summit, Bryce, the Governor of Queensland, from the sheep farming town of Ilfracombe, Queensland, was celebrating her impending promotion to the position, and gaining the praise of the likes of Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and collapsing current affairs host Jill Singer. However, if a referendum decided that Australia were to sever ties with England’s royal family, this would make the position of Governor General redundant.

Perhaps of more concern should be the fact that Ms. Bryce’s brooch is made of contraband substance Bindeez. The children’s art toy distributed by Moose Enterprises was recalled nation-wide prior to Christmas in 2007 after it was revealed, through a number of children’s trial and unintentional error, that the beads in the product metabolised into the recreational drug GHB. Leader Newspapers reported ‘pandemonium’ at K-Mart in Westfield Shopping Centre Southland, with up to two trolley loads of the toy being returned in a week.


Magnification of the offending jewellery

Bindeez (Moose)

Time will tell what Ms. Bryce’s true intentions are when she takes to the throne of Governor General on September 5, 2008, but, Bindeez dealer or not, her reign may be short lived pending the decision of the Government on the republic issue and public reaction to news of the Bindeez brooch.


 

 

 
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