$100,000 for Bob Geldof's talk on poverty

ANTI-POVERTY campaigner Sir Bob Geldof cost organisers $100,000 to come to Melbourne and give a speech about world suffering.

Geldof, 54, spoke about the tragedy of Third World poverty and the failure of governments to combat the crisis at a Crown casino function on Thursday night.

But it can be revealed the outspoken human rights activist charged about $100,000 for his troubles a fee that included the cost of luxury hotel rooms and first-class airfares.

Fellow activist, World Vision CEO the Rev Tim Costello, spoke for free.

An event insider said: "It was an inspiring speech. But when you think he got paid $100,000 to talk about poverty it seems like a bit of a contradiction.

"That's $100,000 that could have made a difference to poverty right there. Everyone who was in the audience would have walked away in awe. If only they knew the full story."

The payment is believed to have been funded from event sponsors including the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Geldof's speech was the highlight of Thursday night's eighth annual Diversity@Work business awards at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.
Diversity@Work is a private company providing workplace consulting and training.

CEO Mark Heaysman last night refused to reveal how much money was spent to lure Geldof.

"The aim of the Diversity@Work awards is to bring the very important issue of providing better opportunities for people with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds to the public spotlight," Mr Heaysman said.

"It is important to the Diversity@Work effort to have high-profile supporters of the awards, to help spread this important message. It is a great shame if this issue is overshadowed." Geldof appears on various websites spruiking the lucrative international speakers circuit.
But Mr Costello yesterday confirmed he was not paid to speak.

"I know nothing of any fees," Mr Costello said.

Geldof is the former Boom Town Rats frontman and was a co-founder of the 1984 international Band Aid music charity, aimed at eradicating African famine.

He was also behind the 2005 Live 8 concerts, raising money for Third World debt relief.

The Irish-born, London-based Geldof has taken custody of the daughter of former-INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997. Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence is the daughter of Geldof's late ex-wife Paula Yates.

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There's big money in poverty you know.
Is that his theme, 'This is how to beat poverty?' It still looks like another from the top down scheme. From the bottom up would be a better move, Hobos aren't likely to back up to let in some of the 'newly poor' get extra helpings. Too bad the bigger money is in creating it rather than curing it. Then again a spoiled child might create less chaos when they are adults than abused and neglected one which would offset the extra money spent on them during the early years. Or is 'the tradition method of dealing with the poor' going to be implemented. Unless we can wind technology back to pre pony-express days the public will find out and they generally are not supportive of that kind of solution, unless it can be applied to the rich as well but then suddenly that is no longer a viable solution.
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The world is full of hypocrites - especially when it comes to the Hollywood crowd and their ilk (of whom Geldof is one). "Do as I say, not what I do" is their mantra. It's simply disgusting and the main stream media makes no bones about how they just "love" these guys. I worry about our youth who actually look up to these morons without thinking about the hypocrisy. But maybe they don't know what that term really means.....

To quote Big Dan T(John Goodman) in the movie Oh Brother where Art thou, " It's all about the money boys!".
If that is the way buddy makes his living and they had to have him, and if his speech generates people to shell out....*shrug*

a hundred grand isn't that much, we've poured billions into Africa and it has hardly touched the tip of the iceberg because money isn't really the problem it is the distribution that is the problem
I have yet to see one fly by nighter that even comes close to the Pet Rock for only $5.99. People even got what they were expecting complete with a 'how to care book'.

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To quote Big Dan T(John Goodman) in the movie Oh Brother where Art thou, " It's all about the money boys!".

Are you saying both are based on a true story? Money might come in 3rd, power would be #1.
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