Monthly Archives: October 2016

I took special note

I took special note of a Bulletin story on Saturday 17th September titled simply ‘STRUGGE DEEPENS’ as this concerned the plight of my fellow Townsvillians, in our worsening economic position. The shocking facts that 35,000 of our number had to contact the following charitable organizations for help truly demonstrates their lack of adequate income in able to make ends meet and their desperation, as most of these people would have high pride.

The Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH),NQ Community Services and The Townsville Drop-In Centre Inc all registering increases, because of Townsville’s deteriorating economy and rising unemployment.The federal government need s to do much more than contribute to a stadium being built in Townsville to help these 35,000 “people” back into the workforce in Townsville, one way would be to support renewable energy and the jobs that would create.

At this time when Townsville is at its lowest ebb the federal LNP government is planning to cut legal aid by 30% guaranteeing that the QPILCH could not survive to advise people struggling through no fault of their own on legal advice on tenancy to marriage break ups. So little does this federal government actually care about “people’ who are down on their luck?

Townsville people who actually care about the plight of their fellow Townsvillians should rally in support of ‘our’ families. As I see it, the situation begins with the federal LNP government refusing to apply taxation to their mates in corporate Australia. We lose tens of billions of dollars each and every year to revenue to ‘our’ Treasury. If these tens of billions were forthcoming, the federal government could easily afford to fund organizations such as the QPILCH, and properly fund State governments so that they too could assist their “people”, that this situation does not happen, let’s down the whole of the Australian population, and especially those ‘doing it tough.’ It has become far too late for half-hearted solutions, we must receive federal government funding to keep these marvellous charitable institutions alive.

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I refer to the Townsville Hospital

I refer to SICKENING FOR STAFF TB 05.10.16 also to Union imposing terms LttE same day. The first story is of staff at the Townsville Tertiary Hospital being bullied and being hit with huge workloads and the inability of Australia’s Weakest Union (AWU) to assist their members, as the situation is ongoing, this is precisely why I have referred to the C.F.M.E.U in the past as being “a fair dinkum union” a union who are prepared to provide industrial representation in a no nonsense fashion, as opposed to this weak union who are not prepared to go in boots and all for their members. The AWU have always been thus.

The second item is more personal scorn from one of Townsville’s chief extreme right wing conservative writers who tries to emulate Andrew Bolt but falls short on every occasion. He argues that union members should not be strongly represented by “fair dinkum unions” and that, because these members are contractors that a union should not represent them? If I were in a situation of being sacked with the offer of re-employment on 64% pay reduction I would be looking to my union to lobby as hard as possible on my behalf, as I believe every union member would. I believe in having as much insurance as is possible in life, because one never knows when or how life will change from one day to the next.

Recently Australia passed

Recently Australia passed the 3 million mark for those people living below the poverty line, including 731,000 children, so badly has our economy been handled in the past 3 years that we now have 1,101,000 people unemployed, and a further 1,002,000 people who are under-employed meaning that these people do not receive enough hours to support themselves or their families, and the federal government’s answer to this situation…cut family payments. Small businesses are closing as everyday people have no spending power to buy the cup of coffee while grocery shopping.

I began voting in 1972 and I have not seen a more cruel or nasty federal government than this one in all that time. They have loop holes in their taxation legislation to allow the giant foreign corporations to avoid having to pay any tax, and the PAYE tax payers are being driven into the ground. The Howard government was accused by the Liberal Party President of that time of being tricky and nasty, but this Abbott/Turnbull government really takes the cake. When will the everyday Aussie wake up?

Dear Mr Turnbull. With regard to respect.

Turnbull has been a bloody good lawyer in his time, but as PM he is sadly lacking.

No Place For Sheep

Counting Dead Women. Destroy the Joint Counting Dead Women. Destroy the Joint

For quite some time now, you’ve been speaking in mellifluous tone on how lackof respect for women is at the root of violence towards us, with particular reference to domestic and family violence.

There are times when listening to your respect defence I imagine I’m in a courtroom. Your political rhetoric is in the nature of a legal argument, designed to convince, persuade and coax a jury into accepting your narrative, and so extend leniency to your client.

Perhaps I might stretch the analogy and describe your client in this instance as The Perpetrator of Domestic Violence. Your Honour, he is not a bad man, he merely needs to be taught how to respect women, at least sufficiently not to kill them.

I assume you believe that you are respectful of women. I don’t believe you are. I believe that to be respectful…

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24.10.16

LNP needs to shape up to a hypocritical Labor 24.10.16. The author overlooks the situation of land lease/sale in Queensland is at the behest of the L&NP federal government whinging for the States to make more land available for housing. On the system of voting, the new system was democratically voted on, and a majority of the Queensland parliament passed this into law, perhaps the author would prefer a dictatorship instead of democracy?

On Juvenile justice the Queensland Government is currently doing what should have been done all along, a whole of government solution dealing with the reasons behind juvenile crime, and trying to do something positive about the situation, it won’t happen in 5 minutes. Lastly One Nation was very successful in Townsville getting somewhere in the region of 23% of the vote, is the author, who is a known Liberal Party person now going to tell these people what they will vote? What this bloke deems as Leftist, are ordinary working people expressing their opinion, as they have lost confidence in the major parties.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

 

Townsville has seen

17.10.16

Townsville has seen many changes over the past 40 years, 40 years ago times were tough for working people and those times have returned in the past 3 years, under the Abbott/Turnbull government’s austerity policies. Australia has nearly 3 million people living in poverty with 731,000 children having to survive these conditions. It is little wonder that crime is rising, as not all people are able to manage what little money they receive in a frugal way. A return of WorkChoices legislation including the ABCC is set to return also.

The causes of crime need to be addressed, as the Queensland government is currently doing, in the hope that some families living in poverty for whatever reason can be helped. Sadly due to the federal austerity policies, we have seen recent examples of intellectually disabled people having to try to explain why they are on the DSP payment, how cruel can this government get?

The only growth sector at present is the number of Australians living in poverty, and as for jobs, 1,101,000 Australians are currently unemployed, with at least 19 people applying for any job advertised. A further 1,002,000 people are under employed, not earning enough money to keep themselves, according to Roy Morgan Research’s latest report.

 

 

Unbelievable is how I’d describe

 

06.10.16

Unbelievable is how I would describe reading TB – Double dip in hiring bonus 04.10.16 then reading the bleating of the same small business owners later in the same edition of the paper Penalty rates are more than small businesses can stand LttE where the small businesses were whinging about having to pay good rates of pay for 8 days a year, then go on to whinge about the rate for 20 year old’s when the only people they employ are 15-16-17 year olds. The first story describes how businesses were rorting the Queensland Governments employment initiatives by claiming money for more people than they were hiring.

These people never tell you how much they make in the good weeks, they are like punters, only tell you what they lost, never what they won. I worked with a nephew of my bosses family, who had told me his grandmother, a former small business woman had told him to spend nothing of his pay, to save a thousand dollars then you have “nothing” (in other words tell anyone who asks that you have nothing). Insatiable greed is their God!

Then the author goes on to ask would the industrial representative pay double and a half for a coffee and a sandwich, if small business people who make plenty of profit on a cup of coffee with a dash of milk and sometimes a serving of sugar that can be made at home for 50 cents, and two slices of bread with mixed fillings perhaps a dollar at home, (at home we do not pay trade price on materials as well as claim them on tax) should not be whinging about paying their workers, when they are charging like wounded bulls the other 357 days of the year, and if they feel as though they could get away with it, they could charge a surcharge on public holidays.

These people want to have it both ways, which is not good enough, we all take the good with the bad, and these precious puppies should be no different. If they don’t like paying good wages on 8 days per annum, my suggestion is that they should do the ‘work’ themselves and save the money, then they would have “nothing.”.

 

In response to SICKENING FOR STAFF

05.10.16

I refer to SICKENING FOR STAFF TB 05.10.16 also to Union imposing terms LttE same day. The first story is of staff at the Townsville Tertiary Hospital being bullied and being hit with huge workloads and the inability of Australia’s Weakest Union (AWU) to assist their members, as the situation is ongoing, this is precisely why I have referred to the C.F.M.E.U in the past as being “a fair dinkum union” a union who are prepared to provide industrial representation in a no nonsense fashion, as opposed to this weak union who are not prepared to go in boots and all for their members. The AWU have always been thus.

The second item is more personal scorn from one of Townsville’s chief extreme right wing conservative writers who tries to emulate Andrew Bolt but falls short on every occasion. He argues that union members should not be strongly represented by “fair dinkum unions” and that, because these members are contractors that a union should not represent them? If I were in a situation of being sacked with the offer of re-employment on 64% pay reduction I would be looking to my union to lobby as hard as possible on my behalf, as I believe every union member would. I believe in having as much insurance as is possible in life, because one never knows when or how life will change from one day to the next.

 

Let’s face it

04.10.16

Let’s face it the CBD remains in the wrong place. Cairns CBD is on their Esplanade with cool sea breezes, whereas Townsville CBD is placed well away from any sea breeze. The Gillard Government put $56 million into revamping the then mall at the advice of ‘the experts.’ Included at that time were conservative Mayor Tyrell (the $400 million debt man) and the Townsville (Star) Chamber of Commerce representing the best business ideas that they could produce.

Is it not time that Flinders Street was turned into a heritage site tourism attraction and a new CBD built on the south side of Ross Creek on or about the beachfront? All of the other ideas have been thought of in the past and have proven to be complete failures? Parking remains the No1 turnoff to going into town, Mayor Tyrell was again responsible for paid parking, we in Thuringowa knew he couldn’t run Thuringowa and knew very well the catastrophes he would bring to the greater Townsville, including prolonged years of TCC debt.