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How Was Optus Hacked?

The Government is being very quiet about the responsibilty for the OPTUS data hacking.

They kept the old landline rules when the mobile phone era began – you needed 100 points to get a land line, therefore you needed 100 points to get a mobile.

The difference was that landines were basically Government run (Telecom) and so they knew that simply sighting those documents was all that was necessary – and there wasn’t a space to record all the details on a database – cos there were none! It was all paper.

Then mobiles appeared and the old rules were applied (cos Government regulations) even though the mobile companies were NOT run by the Government.

So suddenly, with the advance in technology, the documents were being scanned and saved to a database no one had thought of as existing when the original rules were set. Once you have a big enough database it will always attract the criminal elements.

So the fault goes back to the Government!

Not any single Government. It was the Governmental Bureaucracy which was in charge of dealing with Government Acts, Legistlation and Regulations. The Public Service which also acted as the Memory of the Government.

Those Bureaucrats knew everything about how the system worked. They knew its strengths and weaknesses.

Then Governments began to dismantle the Public Service and there went the Bureaucratic memory.

The data being demanded and discarded became data which was keepable in databases at about the same time and consequential problems were not seen because those who would have known about them had been moved on to non-public service jobs.

So the fault was an unseen consequence of Malcolm Fraser’s cost-cutting which has continued to this day.

But it is easier for what remains of the Bureaucracy to blame Optus for the system failure in the biggest ‘Look over there’ exersize in some years!

Our elected representatives still haven’t a clue about the real causes because there is no Public Service Memory to tell them!



Who Creates The Wealth?

Thanks, Rich.

Unemployment in Australia

Much is being spoken about the sudden drop in the ‘post’-COVID unemployment figures. Our Treasurer (who famously lost $60 Billion in his trademarked ‘Jobkeeper’ scheme) is boasting of the fact that unemployment numbers are about to have a 3 in front of them.

The disappearance of around a million or more ‘457 Visa’ Workers and Overseas Students and all those Backpackers is never mentioned. They were, and will be again, the scabs who destroy Australian workers’ wages and conditions. It was those people who kept Australians out of jobs, who removed the need to upskill the Australian population and who enabled greedy employers to keep wages artificially low.

That imported scab labour is what forces so many Australians onto the mis-named ‘Job Seeker’ and into searching for jobs which have been taken by imported scabs. Not that I blame those people. It is the fault of greedy capitalists who have taken Gina Rinehart’s idea to heart. ‘In Africa workers are happy to work for $2 an hour!’

Now all of that is being touted by our numerately challenged Treasurer as a huge plus. This Government, in its pre-election orgasms, is boasting of its economic skills. We are seeing the beginnings of an apparent increase in wages which will disappear as soon as normality is resumed. That normality will be with us when the Covid restrictions on international travel disappear. And unemployment will again go back above 5%! And, with immigration about to be resumed, it will be yet another landmine left behind for the widely expected ALP Government after the election.

What will not disappear is the Trillion Dollar national debt which this genius Government has given us! Never mentioned and totally ignored is that $40,000 debt each one of us; babes in arms, school children, workers and retirees have been saddled with.


Will We Never Learn?


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Let it Rip – Just one week

This week’s total numbers.

588 deaths in a single week from Covid!

Imagine the outcry if these were road deaths.

Or pool drownings.

Or Industrial Fatalities.

Or Domestic Violence deaths.

OK, maybe there wouldn’t be much of a media outcry with the last two. 🙁


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