Monthly Archives: February 2015

Fair dinkum

Fair dinkum! “Get projects going before Bowen dies” TB 21.02.15. It seems as though what Bowen actually needs is a cull of doomers and gloomers like the author of this LttE. There are many ways in which to create employment in Queensland and in Bowen that don’t involve Abbott Point or dirty greenhouse gas producing foreign owned coal mines. The current Queensland Labor government was elected on their policy of not spending tax payer’s money developing Abbott Point and not throwing tax payers’ money at a private enterprise project which is the Carmichael Mine project.

I do not recall reading a letter from Mr Maltby OAM last year when a proposed investment worth $110 million was lost by the LNP governments with the proposed conversion of the Collinsville power station into a solar powered utility. Bowen has always been a great place to escape for tourists, the old brigade of conservative business owners should bring themselves into the 21st century and promote Bowen as an unspoilt tourist destination and spend some of their own money highlighting the picturesque beaches that Bowen has to offer. It is about time that these tired old conservatives stood on their own two feet and thought about creating a large scale industry for Bowen, who already produce fruit and vegetables, and have a tourist trade.

I remember a story in the Townsville Bulletin recently of a Bowen gambler who lost $6.5 million in a venture that didn’t pay off at Merinda, these people need to dust themselves down and throw their substantial wealth behind establishing a permanent industry for Bowen, without all the time crying, poor us, poor us, which sounds pathetic coming from well-heeled business people. It seems a strange occurrence that a new subdivision of land is up for sale in what is supposed to be “a dying town.” The general public can see through your crocodile tears. Just do it!

The Abbott LNP

The Abbott LNP government continues to lurch from crisis to crisis with the revelations today that the former Social Security Minister Kevin Andrews wanted to exclude wealthy people from the pension, the people who had investment properties and fat bank accounts, however his LNP Cabinet Ministers over ruled the then Social Security Minister and decided instead to lower the indexation for all pensioners, how nasty and out of touch are these people? The Andrews Affair is a heartless attack on those most vulnerable in this country.
Welfare has never been intended for those who are able to support themselves and this protection of the comparatively wealthy by the LNP will have repercussions in the Australian electorate. We have seen 18 months of LNP policies push the welfare budget up due to the fact that unemployment continues to rise with the impotence of their policies, more than 100,000 more people on unemployment benefits since 7th September 2013, and now we discover that the government is supporting people who in fact don’t need to be supported? Why, given that we are supposed to have a debt and deficit disaster, do the LNP continue to protect those who are wealthy enough to support themselves?
The Howard government was said to be by the then President of the Liberal Party to be mean and tricky, if that was so, what terms are we to use to describe this Abbott government who pleads for mercy for drug dealers incarcerated overseas, but shows no mercy to its elderly and disabled pensioners living at home?

Fair dinkum

Fair dinkum! “Get projects going before Bowen dies” TB 21.02.15. It seems as though what Bowen actually needs is a cull of doomers and gloomers like the author of this LttE. There are many ways in which to create employment in Queensland and in Bowen that don’t involve Abbott Point or dirty greenhouse gas producing foreign owned coal mines. The current Queensland Labor government was elected on their policy of not spending tax payer’s money developing Abbott Point and not throwing tax payers’ money at a private enterprise project which is the Carmichael Mine project.

I do not recall reading a letter from Mr Maltby OAM last year when a proposed investment worth $110 million was lost by the LNP governments with the proposed conversion of the Collinsville power station into a solar powered utility. Bowen has always been a great place to escape for tourists, the old brigade of conservative business owners should bring themselves into the 21st century and promote Bowen as an unspoilt tourist destination and spend some of their own money highlighting the picturesque beaches that Bowen has to offer It is about time that these tired old conservatives stood on their own two feet and thought about creating a large scale industry for Bowen, who already produce fruit and vegetables, and have a tourist trade.

I remember a story in the Townsville Bulletin recently of a Bowen gambler who lost $6.5 million in a venture that didn’t pay off at Merinda, these people need to dust themselves down and throw their substantial wealth behind establishing a permanent industry for Bowen, without all the time crying, poor us, poor us, which sounds pathetic coming from well-heeled business people. It seems a strange occurrence that a new subdivision of land is up for sale in what is supposed to be “a dying town.” The general public can see through your crocodile tears. Just do it!

The woeful performance

15.02.15
The woeful performance of the Abbott government continued this past week with the sacking of the father of the House of Representatives, Philip Ruddock from his office of Chief Government Whip, the turmoil continues. Still the mass of uncertainty over many of the government’s policies such as the submarines and the harsh co-payment tax to see a GP continue to be mysteries to the general public who are already suffering from LNP government policies in other areas. Again, due to the incompetence of this LNP government unemployment is soaring with the rate the highest it has been for twelve and a half years, with an extra 100,000 Australians looking for work since the LNP came to office in September of 2013.
Why does the Abbott government continue to place the burden of repayment of Australian debt on those who are least able to pay, the general population is really doing it tough but instead of enlisting those who are easily able to pay a little extra, the general population has been targeted, why? We have seen the fall of State governments of the LNP brand for doing likewise to their federal counterparts, one would imagine that the message would be loud and clear by now, however the Abbott cabinet chooses to charge full steam ahead by selling our assets and using austerity policies to hurt the people who can least afford to pay, why?

As I read Tom Uren’s obituary

13.02.15

As I read Tom Uren’s obituary, a great Australian who passed away on Australia Day 2015 I contemplate Tom’s philosophy of a fair go for all, the strong helping the weak, the healthy helping the sick and the rich helping the poor, this was the philosophy of egalitarianism that this great man believed in. The “fair go” philosophy is an Australian icon, as was Tom. This thinking has taken Australia from humble beginnings of Aboriginal occupation to a 21st century multicultural vibrant society.
A fair go has always been the cornerstone of European occupation from our convict heritage, we, as a society were determined to do things a better way, a fairer way than in other societies in other cultures. Australians for as long as I can remember have enjoyed real freedom, not necessarily the flag waving façade kind, but true freedom to choose and to live as we see fit, within the rules of law. Tom Uren was the Minister for the Department of Urban and Regional Development he was captured as a prisoner of war and worked on the Burma railway as a P.O.W. He believed, quite rightly that a federal government could ease the burden borne by ordinary Australians by improving Urban and Regional infrastructure.
We have not had a politician of Tom Uren’s stature since Tom retired as father of the House of Representatives, but we surely need a politician of his stature in current Australia to help ordinary families to cope with the outrageous cost of living that currently applies in this country. He was a man of strength and compassion who helped his fellow man whenever and wherever he could. Now more than ever before, we need a politician of conviction who is prepared to serve their community, if such a person exists, please, please step forward?

MP wanted a fair go for all

Letter to the Editor
“MP wanted fair go for all Townsville Bulletin 27.01.15.” Fittingly that the political giant that the Honourable Tom Uren was, he passed away on Australia Day. Tom Uren will always be remembered for his stewardship of the Department of Urban and Regional Development, when for the first time his federal government allocated funding to local councils for the betterment of all citizens. Tom Uren was a true Labor man, he was a democratic socialist as opposed to being a communist, and he knew what it was to be “working class” and through his initiative and discretion and judgement worked his way up from nothing to be a Woolworth’s branch manager before entering the parliament.
It is true that Mr Uren became isolated following the capture of Labor party in the 1980s by the conservative right wing faction which was led by Hawke and Keating, so much so that the “fair go for all” mantra of the party began to fade and Tom Uren and like-minded people in the party began to be ostracised in the minority Left wing. Tom Uren’s life in his commitment to democratic socialism (not communism, though some people may not be aware of the important differences) and peace and his will to improve the lives of the Australian people through government incentives will be remembered by those of us who still advocate the “fair go for all” philosophy. Tom Uren had a full life that was dedicated to his fellow man, for that, he should be remembered and cherished.

From time to time

05.02.15

From time to time I read a humorous text to the Editor (Townsville Bulletin) that I can get a good laugh from, and so it was 05.02.15 a text from brett Kirwan. “Stop freeloading off the taxpayer” (Australian English: “Stop bludging on the taxpayer”) he says in relation to a few people at Happy Valley, I found this text amusing and sad and written by a bloke who must go through life with blinkers on.
Perhaps brett would like to know how much “tax avoidance” costs the “taxpayer” it is in the region of $8.4 Billion, not million each and every year. We “taxpayers” have far more to concern us than a few people who live like “hippies” and I would suggest to brett that he take the blinkers off and see the “big picture.”

A faction too much friction

04.02.15
‘A faction too much friction’ Townsville Bulletin 04.02.15. How happy I was to read this story that two past, hopeless Ministers had to compete for just one Ministry, in the new Queensland Labor government. The right wing of the Queensland Labor Party has always been the weak link in government and as such should be given the most unimportant roles in the formulation of the new government. The 2012 wipe-out of the ALP really did the party a favour, in that most of the AWU stooges were consigned to history. It seems obvious that the right wing hierarchy of the Queensland Branch of the ALP had only endorsed candidates of other factions because they thought that the party had no chance of winning.
Now is the perfect time for the ALP parliamentarians to demand accountability in the Queensland Branch by democratizing both the administration and the parliamentary wing by opening up all positions to scrutiny from ALP members, in other words both the administration leadership (the Presidency and the Secretary) and the parliamentary leadership (leader and deputy leader) should be voted upon on a one vote, one value basis by the ordinary membership, as is done in all other democratic organizations.