It was more of the context of the time the curl rolled out; there was a big budget crunch rolling across everything, so there was maintenance holds on specific equipment for some ships, spare part purchases being delayed, and some sailing delayed until the next FY due to a fuel budget crunch. Personally I think I was running around at the time trying to see how we were going to keep ATH limping around without getting anyone killed, so left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. I remember that every time I see the curls and reminds me of misplaced priorities, so don't like them.
I think at the same time the stokers had a hold on their spec pay when it was under review (believe that took two years?) so it was extra good to see the officers get something. I would have preferred they spent the cash on parts and maintenance, which was the stuff that gave me lots of sleepless nights.
This one is for a whole community of trades, so not too bad, but personally think any uniform thing specific to officers should be shelved until all operational kit is sorted.