Monthly Archives: October 2013

Townsville Bulletin-Alarm

30.10.13

Letter to the Editor

Townsville Bulletin- Alarm at Reef conflict claims 30.10.13. It is blatantly obvious to even those who do not follow politics that a ‘conflict of interest’ exists on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, where two members of the GBRMPA board have an interest financially in GBRMPA policy, as displayed brilliantly on the ABC program 7.30 29.10.13.

The ruling AWU Right wing faction of the ALP and its shady deals are slowly but surely over time being exposed. The dodgy AWU network extends its tentacles far and wide, with this latest exposure linked to the Obeid family in NSW whose principle is currently, again, before the ICAC commission of corruption in NSW. Queensland conducted an inquiry many years ago into the Qld ALP, it was known as the Shepherdson Inquiry, and also exposed the Right wing AWU faction at that time, leading to two Queensland State politicians resigning, and if memory serves me correctly two or three other members of this faction facing charges, one on electoral fraud?

The Right wing AWU faction is like a cancer within the ALP, whose involvement in the recent election of a federal Opposition leader cannot be understated. Personally I’d like to see a full and frank audit of the ALP and its ‘flesh and blood’ members so positions like appointments to government boards so the public can have confidence in those such appointments, instead of the usual public comment “just another job for the boys.”

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818.

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Today’s Townsville Bulletin 28.10.13

28.10.13

Letter to the Editor

Today’s Townsville Bulletin28.10.13 featured a number of stories covering cricket, including the back to back wins of the Ryobi Cup from Queensland over New South Wales, Queensland also dominate in Rugby League and have done so for quite some time. From these stories we learned that Mitchell Johnson could be picked for the Australian side, as a number of NSW bowlers were unfit to play. We also learned that Test captain Clarke is a Test to Test proposition.

Given that Clarke only obtained his position in the team from the politics of the NSW Cricket Association, and really, took 8 years to become a reliable batsman, surely the time has arrived to drop this bloke and give someone else a fair go. The Australian team is badly in need of an all-rounder and Queensland player Ben Cutting has proven over the Ryobi Cup competition that he is certainly the best all-rounder in Australia. Will he be chosen to represent his country or will NSW cricket politics continue to dominate our Test team?

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

The Queensland so called

28.10.13

Letter to the Editor

The Queensland so called anti-bikie laws will be struck down by the High Court because they are unconstitutional as all Australians are guaranteed freedom of movement and freedom of association under the federal constitution. The government have existing laws with which to deal with ‘all’ criminals, as I see it, staffing levels within the Queensland Police Service along with many other government departments need increasing.

As part of the 14,000 plus public servants sacked in 2012, senior police with years of experience were consigned to the unemployment lines taking with them the acquired knowledge of decades of policing. I have never had an experience with a bikie acting in an unlawful way, and I very much doubt that the overwhelming majority of the population is likewise.

The Queensland LNP government should continue to build numbers in the public service especially in Health and Policing, but also in Education which our community is currently being deprived of, this is the saddest period that I can remember since the Joh gerrymander. The quality of politicians on both sides of the fence is the poorest that I can recall, State and Federal since 1975.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Feedback on study of the impact of rising energy prices on low-income households

From: Lynne Chester [mailto:lynne.chester@sydney.edu.au]
Sent: Friday, 25 October 2013 1:39 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Feedback on study of the impact of rising energy prices on low-income households
Importance: High

In 2012 you completed an online survey as part of my study of the impact of rising energy prices on low-income households. You indicated that you would like to receive feedback on the findings of my research and provided this email address for me to send you feedback.

The study is now complete and I have attached a summary of the findings for your information. A full copy of the report can be found at: www.householdenergyuse.com

Thank you for taking time to participate in my study which would not have been possible without your kind assistance.

Best wishes,
Lynne

Summary_and_implications.pdf

Having just received

18.10.13

Letter to the Editor

Having just received a copy of a study produced by Dr Lynne Chester from the University of Sydney dealing with the subject of the effect on low income Australian families from the rapid escalation of electricity prices since the middle of 2007 to 2013. It was illuminating to discover that electricity prices had increased by more than Queensland politicians pay packet in 2013 (50.9%) and on average around Australia had increased by nearly 83%.

The report highlighted that about 1.5 million ( up to 5 million Australians) of the poorest households do not have access to the internet and use pre-paid telephones as their means of communication, which of course is much more expensive than having a home phone connection. This means that for those people they are unable to wait in a queue and if by chance they do get through they are limited by time as to how much information they can get. They are also basically unaware of programs run by government or the energy company that may assist them.

Unfortunately 75% of this group have had to cut back on food in order to pay their electricity bills, sometimes meaning that the parents went without so that their children could eat. In a nation that has been recently shown to be the best in the O.E.C.D this is a disgraceful footnote which clearly shows the have’s and the have not’s. The time has well and truly arrived for the federal government to have a policy to help the working poor and the poor. The report also found that they had reduced usage and did all the recommended things i.e. change of light bulbs etc.

Campbell Newman thinks that a parliamentary increase payment of 50.9% in one year is ‘fair’ so by definition he must think that this situation is ‘very unfair’ and with his federal counterpart will take almost immediate action to lessen this obvious ‘unfairness.’

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

P.S. The online report will be available 25.10.13 www.householdenergyuse.com

Perhaps the proposal

16.10.13

Letter to the Editor

Perhaps the proposal to allow members of the ALP half a vote for the parliamentary leadership was a ruse, a way of ultimately destroying his detractors (re AWU/SDA alliance, both of whom are compliant right wing unions) who knifed him. The validity of the ALP is at stake here. Who runs the ALP, its members or the right wing alliance? We saw a good example of AWU tricks in the lead up to the 2006 State election in the seat of Thuringowa where the AWU candidate was charged with electoral fraud.

Mr Rudd may have foreseen the amount of consternation this would bring to the ordinary members of the ALP who were affected by the gerrymander that the above group have on the ALP, and introduced such a rule to ultimately free the ALP from the gerrymander, as Premier Wayne Goss did in Queensland all those years ago. If so good on him.

Mr Rudd is a very clever man and should be congratulated for beginning the process of ultimately making the ALP a party that actually puts its charter into action as does provide a voice for ordinary working Australians, but most importantly is a truly democratic party, where 60% of the member can actually elect 60% of the politicians. I have seen it reported on TV that only 74% of members actually voted, which leaves 26% of the party unaccounted for, this is nowhere near good enough for a political party in the 21st century, yet is still in front of other political parties in this country, which leads me to ask, ‘Who is actually running the country.’

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

I refer to Townsville Bulletin Editorial

15.10.13

Letter to the Editor

I refer to Townsville Bulletin Editorial ‘Shorten has to bind up ALP wounds’ anyone who followed closely the procedure within the ALP in the 2006 election where the AWU candidate and her ‘dirty tricks’ were exposed which lead her to spend time behind bars would realize how Shorten won this ballot.

The initial AWU candidate was convicted of electoral fraud because she used factious names to register phantoms in order that she improved her own vote in the pre-selection process. As far as anyone knows this is a widely used practice of AWU candidates. Only this could explain why 60% of the members could only manage to elect 40% of the politicians there is obviously something wrong with the system?

Its time the ALP had an internal audit to discover how many ‘flesh and blood’ members it actually has, and to really give those ‘flesh and blood’ members a one vote, one value ability to elect their parliamentary leader.

I noticed in today’s paper under public notices that North Thuringowa Junior Rugby League Club is advising of a meeting to elect officials, will there be a weighting system in that vote? I doubt it, and neither should there be within political parties, it seems that there is more democracy in a junior Rugby League club than there is in one of Australia’s longest standing political parties, shame AWU shame!

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Well, what a sad joke

13.10.13

Letter to the Editor

Well, what a sad joke that was pulled yesterday on ordinary ALP members, who thought they were getting a say on the ALP leadership, only to discover at the 11th hour that they had been hoodwinked, yet again. If this is what the ALP as an organization calls democratic, God help them.

When one candidate can secure 59.92% of 30,000 odd members (and phantoms) votes and still lose to a candidate who secures 63.955% of the 86 parliamentarians with a weighting toward the parliamentarians of 1/351 in favor of the politicians most of whom were AWU stooges and had the backing of phantoms to win their preselections is a farce.

Anyone who contemplated joining the ALP surely would be put off by the cunning plan to give them only 50% of a say in the leadership. Years ago in Queensland we had a campaign for one vote one value, it seems that the ALP has not learned this from the Joh era in Queensland. When will political parties in this country become democratic? It has not happened yet, even though the mouse (shadow treasurer) announced that it had happened yesterday. The AWU/SDA alliance still rules the ALP, how sad I had thought that we may actually get a party that stood up for working people.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Thanks to the media

13.10.13

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to the media for highlighting the scandal ridden Abbott governments travel rorts affair, it causes some of us to ponder whether all politicians are on the up and up, or if some politicians take bribes and or kickbacks.

In the Townsville Bulletin 12.10.13 Land mistakes being buried one simply has to apply common sense to the two developers who are trying to spend billions of dollars in our area and being knocked back for reasons best known to the Townsville City Council politicians? Both the Willowbend and the proposed Pinnacles developments seem to make sense to the average person, and I believe it is high time that Cr Veitch in particular ( as Townsville First aka LNP councillors control the council) gave the community as reasonable excuse as to why these developments should not go ahead?

We elect a council to govern our area, not to squash competition. Are there any links between the Townsville First councillors and the three existing developers that the public do not know about? Surely more homes, each paying between $2,000 – $3,000 p.a in rate revenue for rubbish collection would be an asset to the city, not a liability.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au