Do as I say !

Do as I say !

An old world view.

An old world view.

Well known Broadcaster

Well known Broadcaster

A good friend

A good friend

Well known Broadcaster

Well known Broadcaster

SBW and QC

SBW and QC

Good Mates

Good Mates

A Saintly view.

A Saintly view.

 

Chris Derrick

Chris Derrick

 Charity B. and the local scene Charity B. and the local scene

Charity Bassett

 Charity B. and the local scene

Either cutting or copying, we'll be presenting here, feedback and comment from a variety of contributors who just like to go into print, across the digital perspective, to express an opinion, to vent some spleen and perhaps just wanting tp get something off their chest. I'll try to put a reference to each item as they appear here. Most are recent , many are not. 

A “Saturday Paper” headline Article (19/7) revealed that on TA’s watch since September, quite a few of “his” people have been patronizingly thrust into positions of both power and authority. It was really not a few but an awful lot. Still they all do it. Keys anyone ?  Mike Seccombe listed David Kemp, Heather Henderson, Kevin Donnelly, Ken Wiltshire, Tony Shepherd, Maurice Newman, Dick Warburton, Tim Wilson, Peter Coleman, Neil Brown, Janet Albrechtsen and the my man at Mission Australia. As Mike S. summed it up “…an old, rich, white, blokey tribe of culture and class warriors, looking after their own”. Ed. Note: He forgot the old stager Sophie M.

Some nice words from Lenore Taylor in “The Guardian “ (18/7) concerned at the Government’s inept display at selling the  Budget. How many more can they put offside ?.

“But the government has shied away from conducting the budget debate in a detailed, forensic way, and from explaining why it has made precisely these choices, and not others. It has never really explained why third parties, such as state premiers, doctors, community and welfare groups, vice chancellors, students, pensioners, scientists, researchers, Indigenous groups and even government backbenchers, all say parts of the budget are ill-thought through or unfair."

Adam Creighton, popular and measured scribe in the OZ, produced an interesting Article in the OZ of 19/7. Covering the recently completed B20 Summit in Sydney, his Article, titled “In the end, good ideas lost among the platitudes”, he commenced with the note that : “picking out newsworthy remarks amid the blizzard of platitudes about growth, jobs, infrastructure and skills can try the patience of the most attentive scribe” You can sense his frustration. At the end of the conference which attracted travel hungry global Business talents produced a wide ranging list of recommendations that nations around the work should consider/adopt in the flight to business success. “Formula would boost GDP by 2%”, shouted elsewhere on the page. Creighton, clearly unimpressed with the generality of things recommended said,it is hard to know “what increasing the level of alignment and responsiveness between the learning ecosystem and workforce needs” really means. We know how he feels !  And everybody just goes home, totally comforted with realistically life still going on, perhaps slightly tinkered.

This week sees the 50 th Year celebrations of the launch of the Murdoch's The Australian. It has enjoyed a serious relationship with so much of the Australian Community, providing a diversity of opinion and thought, embracing the so many issues the nation has had to confront. Our congratulations to the Murdoch empire. The Nation would be seriously the poorer, if not for the lauch of this Newspaper.

 That said, recent outpouriing of this particular Newspaper, have been anything but constructive and impartial. The Media Baron now sees himself and his organization quite above the levels of unbiased, non-vindictive, and balanced reporting that, firstly it set out to achieve and now failing miserably.

Those in attendance at the offial 50th Birthday, were treated to an unashamedly collection of patronizing "true believers", determined to assert their will and opinions upon an increasing exasperated and dis-believing. Being egged on by a fellow who was responsible for the demise of a major English Newspapers, creating a stench of mistrust and opportunism, is quite timely. Some comment and reactions coming out the Dinner are mentioned here.

1. A Waiter was heard to ask " what is a lickspittle?" 

 2. Courtsey of "The Guardian"        FIRST DOG ON THE MOON

 We'd estimate around 1.2 million families that would be on average around $3,000 a year worse off by 2017-18, whereas the top income groups - so the top 20 per cent of households - would have either no impact or a very small positive impact,")

COMMENT : Doesn't sound like too much 'burden sharing' can be found here, contrary to the Government's assertions !

2.  Next week, the tide could turn for Tony Abbott. The Royal Commission into Unions kicks off in earnest and the Prime Minister’s opponents will come under serious pressure, and rightly so. Thieves, Lawbreakers alike all have to be persued and procecuted with the ultimate of vigor. All persuasions of Government have for too long allowed a variety of activities, clearly illegal and most having negative impacts upon the Economy and Society in general. Do something about it. Get on with this Royal Commission, take the vested interests on and prosecute yopur position with total and committed authority. Is this Governmnet up to it ?

Thirty three days ago Joe Hockey said that Arthur Sinodinos would return to the front bench. If this happens Abbott will destroy much of the political advantage the Royal Commission will bring. Back now to Sinodinos. He was a cloak of respectability a bunch of grubs used to disguise their activity, Sinodinos heard nothing, saw nothing and said nothing. Either he is a blithering idiot or he sold his presence for a fee. Sinodinos maintains he has done nothing wrong. But how could Abbott possibly have Sinodinos on the front bench and cast judgement on others in those circumstances. (The Australian June 2014)

COMMENT: We'll just have to wait and see. Good decision making has been absent from Government activities in recent times. The Author of ths snippet announced on public radio a little while back that she was occasionally offended by the Gillard cleavage during her Parliamentary duties. Mocked she truly was.

3.Warren Ryan has sensationally handed in his resignation to long-time employer ABC, ending an association with rugby league that has stretched over five decades. Ryan and fellow commentator David Morrow had been stood down pending an investigation into allegations he made a racist remark that went to air a fortnight ago.

COMMENT:.What a couple of unfunny and ignorant boofheads these two are !

 

“But the government has shied away from conducting the budget debate in a detailed, forensic way, and from explaining why it has made precisely these choices, and not others. It has never really explained why third parties, such as state premiers, doctors, community and welfare groups, vice chancellors, students, pensioners, scientists, researchers, Indigenous groups and even government backbenchers, all say parts of the budget are ill-thought through or unfair.

 

 Charity B. and the local scene

4 Under the current regime at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, insider trading, ripping off investors and breaching director’s duties can be a highly profitable activity. The risk of getting caught is low and the penalties if you do get caught minimal.

 COMMENT: Outcomes for a very long time, suggest that convictions, especially the hard hitting types are very rare. There has to be some jail time !

 Charity B. and the local scene

5. When Labor realised it had no prospect of surviving the 2013 election it made a series of announcements that will haunt the country for years to come. Labor said there would be an aggressive ramp-up in spending on schools, hospitals, and disability sometime after 2017. The date was carefully chosen. Budget estimates are published over four years. Labor knew it would never have to show the spending increase and, more importantly, how it would be paid for, in any Budget it delivered. (Peter Costello May 2014)

COMMENT: Unsurprising but probably correct. They all do it.

 

 

 Charity B. and the local scene

6. The drip down effect as evidenced by the bush turkeys roosting in my back yard tree.12 turkeys went to bed in this very tall gum tree. Sleeping positions were dictated by the meanest and strongest who got the top perch and below in hierarchical order where the weakest. So it was no surprise to see in the mornings those turkeys who were unfortunate to be on the low branches to have shit all over their backs and here you have the drip down effect.

The crazy part was that there was plenty of room on the top branches.

 COMMENT:  There wiil always have to be victims. It's written.

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