Monthly Archives: April 2012

the workers friend to be federal Treasurer

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/palmer-seeks-to-enter-politics-20120430-1xtpa.html

If anyone thinks they have seem the Americanization of Australia, wait til this happens, we ain’t seen nothing yet!

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As an organization

24.04.12

Letter to the Editor

As an organization the Queensland LNP has produced mixed results in the past month. Firstly they produced an overwhelming election result in Queensland, followed swiftly by the sacking of their first Ministerial scalp. Next came startling revelations from one of their senators staffers concerning male superiority and lastly but certainly not least, allegations against the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Peter Slipper who had long been a part of the Qld LNP.

Just last year Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had praised Peter Slipper as a good bloke and a good politician, now Mr. Abbott has turned on Mr. Slipper, hardly the expression of loyalty for a long serving conservative political colleague. Tony Abbott should be the last person in Australia giving lectures on moral fibre, after all if was he who was having unmarried sex while in training for the Catholic priesthood, can there be a better example of hypocrisy?

Attack, attack, attack seems to be the only policy that the conservatives (LNP, L&NP) have, sadly good administration of a State or a nation needs positive progressive policy, not continual negative carping. In both instances the State LNP and the federal L&NP have had many years to develop policy and argue for its implementation, sadly neither state or federal body have done so, leaving the public in a very uncertain position in Queensland, so much so that by the time the next federal election rolls around the public may be very skeptical about electing an Abbott government.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

The situation

22.04.12

Letter to the Editor

The situation Peter Slipper finds himself in is untenable, he must step aside until these allegations made against him can be either proven or disproven. The deputy Speaker should resume the role until the Speaker is able to discharge his duties unhindered by these allegations. The L&NP has struck back.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

I read mining tax challenged

20.04.12

Letter to the Editor

I read Mining tax challenged TB 20.04.12 with much interest, as a disabled pensioner barely making ends meet. There was no author to the article so I do not know who it is that I am giving thanks to for the detail in that piece.

Greedy mining companies making billions of dollars such as Fortescue Metals Group are challenging the federal government on imposing taxes on their industry; those taxes provide revenue to our government which in turn provides services to the Australian public. The metals that these companies mine belong to all Australians and as such all Australians should see some benefit from an action which extracts valuable metals which can only be sold once.

This court action seems to me to be treachery against the Australian people and against our entitlement to see benefit out of our ownership of these metals. Further on in the article I was aghast to read that our government also provides $5 billion a year in subsidy for the diesel this industry uses, this seems at odds to fairness to ordinary Australians who work hard for miniscule wages or have been depleted through their working lives by workplace harassment to be struggling to survive on disabled pensions.

I also noted on the next article I read Pilmer steps into Ivanhoe role that Mongolia’s government actually hold 34% stake in their mines for the obvious benefit of their citizens. I would suggest that if these billion dollar mining companies continue to put on a turn in Australia, that the Australian government should do likewise to Mongolia and claim an ever greater proportion for the benefit of Australians as we are an aging society and are badly in need of extra revenue to provide our population with the benefits we so richly deserve.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

Means testing government benefits is a good thing, provided it is consistent.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-19/hockey-delivers-speech-on-end-to-entitlements/3959144?WT.svl=news2

This should apply now to all pensions, we should not have a case where someone on an old age pension can have up to $180,000 in the bank. Welfare is for the poor, not for those who are well heeled and do not need the payment.

Re uni food waste

18.04.12

Letter to the Editor

Re: Uni food waste fertilizer move TB 18.04.12. What a great invention from VRMs Ken Bellamy and also progressive management at JamesCookUniversity to install the Bio-Regen food scrap converter. Having proved itself useful both environmentally and economically, saving JCU a cost of dumping the scrap food into landfill of $5,000 per year and costing a mere $6,500, it will have paid for itself in 14 months, as well as providing an income for the university in sales of bio-fertilizer.

This type of innovation needs to be adopted by all large groupings such as universities, hospitals and nursing homes as just a few examples and it is great to see that JCU will be acquiring more of these mighty converters.

This is true economics at work in a practical sense, in the 21st century we will need to see these progressive ideas put into action on a regular basis by large institutions in order to contain overheads as the public purse is being stretched to the limit and can ill afford uneconomic spending. In practical terms, if hospitals could save this and more every year our State government could employ extra police or paramedics.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

The Australian circus industry

17.04.12

The Australian circus industry began in Tasmania in 1849, and so it was of little surprise then when our three week old Queensland government administered by a born and bred Tasmanian ringmaster began its tricks so early in its term. The forced resignation of Police Minister David Gibson shows a lack of judgment by Premier Newman, who had appointed Mr. Gibson to the Police Ministry in spite of the fact that Mr. Gibson had been a law breaker and fine evader; this shows little respect for police.

It is fairly clear that in our haste to remove the ALP government we have not paid nearly enough attention as to who we replaced them with, just so long as they were replaced was our major consideration. With a government in trouble so early in its tenure such as this government it bodes well for a prediction of a one term government.

So far the only government Minister who looks the goods is former Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg who brings an air of decency to the government not displayed by any of his Ministerial or parliamentary colleagues including the Premier.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

Perhaps the Labor Party should have thought about this before now

http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland-labor-opposition-still-with-no-computers-email-blames-lnp/story-e6frfkvr-1226325680473

its no good whinging now, they are in this position because they let the working people of Queensland down, they have themselves to blame. Until such time as this party remains controlled by the weakest unions instead of the strongest they will have this weakness. Working people don’t enjoy being betrayed.

Secret meeting between Clive Palmer and Joe Hockey

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/hockey-palmer-in-secret-meeting/story-e6freoof-1226324387428

perhaps these two men were discussing WorkChoices Mk2 and what Mr. Palmer thinks is a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work?