"Australia's top treasury official is taking five weeks leave to look after endangered wombats. Ken Henry, treasury secretary and animal conservationist, has warned that hairy-nosed wombats are "on death row". But opposition politicians - and even wombat lovers - question if now is the time to be thinking about wombats. Inflation is at a 16-year high, interest rates are up and fuel prices are rising. Mr Henry will also miss a central bank meeting." - 'Treasury chief on wombat leave', BBC website, 27 June 2008.