Category Archives: humor

A Bit of Bridge Building


The pedestrian bridge across the Swan joining East Perth with the new Stadium.

Only three months late and not yet finished.

In fact, the putting together of the jigsaw has just begun.

The Weekend


It is the weekend.
The time for making sense is long gone!
It is time to learn the lesson our politicians and role models have been teaching us all week.
Stupid is smart, war is peace, men do real work, women are a reward, wealth is entitled and higher taxes are for poor people.
Once we accept all these facts we can relax into a meaningless weekend.
Except for the women.
Bring me a beer, Martha!

Grass Seeds



This morning I went out into my garden where I have been experimenting with growing a number of grass-like plants.

First, I picked some oats.

Then a cob of corn.

Then I gathered some wheat and some rice.

A few heads of barley were left and some sorghum was just ready to be picked.

Sadly I had finished picking the millet last week so I collected some quinoa.

I ate all my recently growing, fresh grains in order, in a deconstructed manner.

Which makes me a serial cereal killer.

Remember the Information Super Highway?


Malcolm Turnbull is famous for his ‘invention of the internet’ also known as an investment in the now defunct but once ubiquitous Ozemail.

That was at a time when Al Gore’s phrase ‘Information Super Highway’ was popular. A super highway. The roads of the future.

Roads which have been the backbone of civilisation since before the Romans. And it was the Romans who saw that roads were the essential part of keeping the Empire together. Many of their roads are still in existence. Roads which were built by a Government because those roads would strengthen the Empire. There was no direct monetary return from those roads but they helped create a strong economy which Caesar could tax. And he did!

Roads have almost always been the province of Government. There have been a few toll roads built by individuals yet they have tended to fade away as the Government’s roads expanded. For free. There is no direct return to a Government in the building of a road.  Just the general increase in prosperity which can then be taxed.

Yes, there are toll roads still in private hands, built by the Government and handed to Private Enterprise. Very few of them seem to be making much of a profit once the Government subsidies are taken off their balance sheets.

Turnbull was given the task of destroying Australia’s ability to access the modern era’s electronic road to prosperity by the regressive Tony Abbott. Who was working for, not the people, but for Rupert Murdoch who would lose money and monopolies should the superfast internet be available to everyone.

Suddenly the NBN had to be capable of making a profit while, at the same time being a complete failure.

The second part was easy with the allegedly cheaper ‘Fibre to the node’ model. And having destroyed its integrity, Turnbull was able to destroy its profitability.

The original vision from Kevin Rudd was of a public utility which would, over time, pay for itself and possibly even be attractive enough to sell into private hands.

Today (23/10/2017) he said it outright, openly and destructively.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has admitted it was a “big mistake” to set up a new company to build the National Broadband Network, adding that Labor left the Coalition a “calamitous train wreck”.

Thanks to Turnbull’s obedience to Abbott’s hatred of the NBN we now have a bastardised system which will never work and which will never be fit for purpose or for sale.

Australia’s Information Super Highway is now strewn with un-repaired potholes and un-marked washaways.  Which is just what Rupert Murdoch wanted and just what he got.

A pity Australia will drop further into debt and decay as a result.

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Pay Some Tax and Maybe We’ll Listen


Once again, the CHURCH is

interfering with democracy.

‘Just say ‘no’: Archbishop Denis Hart rallies
Catholics over ‘vital’ marriage poll’

 

 SHUT UP,

YOU IMPERTINENT MEDDLER!

Stop interfering in our politics.

If it ever comes to pass that you actually pay some tax on the millions you gouge from the weak and foolish, then you may have some right to comment on Australian concerns.

Until then stay out of Australian Politics.

How about you and the rest of your ‘Bishops’ take some care of those whose lives are entrusted to you. Like, you know, like not sexually abusing them!

Oh, that’s correct.

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We are supposed to forget about all that sexual abuse you have facilitated. Forget that so many of your priests and bishops are predatory kiddie-fiddlers and rock spiders!

We are only allowed to listen to and think upon your lies de jour about same sex marriage.

All the while you prey like

predatory parasites on our nation.

Peter Dutton and Section 44 (v)


We have all been hearing about the seven dual citizens we have in  our Parliament. It is still seven, isn’t it? No new ones today?

They have fallen foul of a part of Section 44 of the Constitution. That is the section which states who is ineligible to stand for election in the first place.

Because it is being talked about so much, here is Section 44 in its entirety

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Yes, this is the fine print. Now look closely at subsection (v) and think upon it for a minute.

OK, Now let us look at one particular Member of Parliament.  Several screen shots are next. They are from this tweet;

To see those images more clearly, here they are;

 

Next let us look at the Parliamentary Register of Members Interests which are fully available online at;

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members/Register#cf

These are the relevant parts of Peter Craig Dutton’s Register.

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So Dutton has done the correct thing and shown his involvement in the RHT group. He benefits financially from his wife’s child care business.

Now, does this put him in contravention of Section 44 (v)?

Apparently not because no one is querying his position. Not out loud and not in the MSM, anyway.

And reading this article from the SMH shows why, in a round about way.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/boom-time-for-corporate-childcare-in-australia-20161109-gslgx2.html

The Government gives money to parents as subsidies to Parents. These are not small sums, either; ‘costs to the taxpayer of a staggering $10 billion a year in parent subsidies’.

These subsidies are given to parents for the specific purpose of paying for child care at a Child Care Centre. The payments are not ‘untied’ money. The money is paid on condition it is passed to a Child Care Centre.

So, in one way, the legalistic Public Service way, the Child Care Centre, and its owners are not receiving money from the Government.

In another way, in the logical world of real people and real events and real reality, that money is Government money being paid to the Child Care Centres!

Now we come back to the question of Peter Craig Dutton’s eligibility to stand for election for the Division of Dickson under Section 44 (v).  Technically and probably legally it would seem that he is.  It would be interesting to see the outcome of  High Court challenge.

Morally and ethically, he is not.

But how long has it been since moral or ethics played a part in Dutton’s life?