The greed and self-interest


The greed and self-interest of the AMA and some, I stress not all, doctors is bloody disgusting. The Victorian, past AMA President who recently spoke against a person’s right to end their own lives when they feel the time is right, should be ashamed of himself for his contribution to the recent debate in the Victorian parliament. Victoria has the most stringent laws of this type anywhere on the planet, and the right to end a life laws were later passed in the lower house of the Victorian chamber of parliament.

Death as life, comes in all forms, some very fortunate people pass away in their sleep, while for others Life becomes a living hell. Those people are inflicted with Shingles and other painful conditions, and are in tremendous pain that not even morphine can remedy. Those poor patients are kept alive by insensitive doctors who will not grant their patients wish to end their life of pain and misery. Some have gained weight in their final years and find difficulty and horrible pain when attempting to walk with the aid of a wheelie walker, cannot sleep and have difficulty breathing, due to fluid build-up in the body, sometimes as far up as the lungs. Some also suffer with a lack of blood circulation which produces itches that cannot be satisfied and no remedy exists.

So before anyone condemns the Victorian legislation of the most progressive government in Australia, please consider that perhaps only 1% of the general public will ever want to use this legislation, and for those poor souls they deserve, in my humble opinion the “right to die with dignity” not strapped up to a machine, or having tubes and drip lines inserted into them to keep them alive. My grandfather died a terrible death in the 1980s, kept alive by doctors who would not let him go, and if he had this legislation in Queensland, he would surely have used it.

My granddad understood that there was nothing on the other side except death itself, he wasn’t frightened of a make-believe heaven or hell, as he realized that those places were a figment of the imagination of others, looking to make a quick dollar out of a control mechanism on society that sells hope and fear. If the upper house of the Victorian parliament passes this legislation into law, all progressive Australian governments should also adopt it and make it a uniform law across this nation. We do it out of compassion for our animals, when the time is right and there is no good reason why we should not do it for ourselves.


Politicians, sex and the Press Gallery

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For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, the Daily Telegraph decided on Saturday to publish a piece inferring that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce engaged in an extra marital affair with a staffer that has caused upheaval and discontent in his workplace, and his home.

My colleague Noely Neate offers some interesting speculations on the Tele’s piece here. 

What caught my attention was the reaction on Twitter from a few journalists, among them Katharine Murphy of the Guardian, who tweeted:

I’ve written on this convention here, but there’s more to be said about it.

The problem with Murphy’s convention is that it makes any…

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The sad demise 24.10.17

The sad demise of our vehicle industry because of the blind ideology of former Treasurer Joe Hockey who dared the vehicle manufacturers to go in 2014 along with his infamous horror budget saw the last of him, and his punishment was harsh, he was made our ambassador to the USA, of course another “jobs for the boys” affair. Our workforce and the Holden is no more which should raise our “real” unemployment figure to well over 10% according to Roy Morgan Research Corporation. The ABS figure has become redundant.

No wonder the welfare figure has shot up, unemployment is now well over 1.1 million people and underemployment is worse at 1.2 million people who cannot get enough work to support themselves or their families. This now means that well over three million Australians are living below the poverty line, a goal of the LNP to see working people living in poverty while they sell off public assets cheaply to their mates or donors; it’s a picnic at present for the wealthy.

I can see the situation in slow motion; if interest rates rise we will see homelessness in unparalleled proportions the like of which has never been seen in Australia. The LNP ideologues, the IPA are crossing off items on their wish list that they had never dreamed would or could happen. There is a huge Global Financial Crisis coming, we poorer people can feel the economy tightening there will be no room for the faint hearted when it hits.


Well former Treasurer Joe Hockey

Well former Treasurer Joe Hockey has been overseas and has not seen the product of his ideology when he dared Australian vehicle manufacturers to leave Australia in 2014. His ideology could not stomach the public/private nature of the car industry, everything for Joe had to be private or not at all. He has paid the price for his mistake being shipped off to the United States as Australian ambassador, having to listen to that annoying yankee drawl and twang all day everyday.

Sadly we have now lost thousands of jobs, and the skills associated with them at a time when Roy Morgan Research puts “real” unemployment at more than 10% despite the underfunded ABS figure of 5.5% which has now become redundant, the Australian community knows how tough it is to get a job these days.

Our economy is faltering; unemployment is rife accompanied by over one million plus underemployed people who cannot gain enough hours to support themselves, which adds up to a lot of hidden misery and poverty that the average Aussie does not see. This country has been bleed dry by this LNP govt with working people getting the worst deal in history under this federal government, something needs to change, and quickly or there will be a revolt in this country.

Martin Luther King 21.10.17

Martin Luther King once said “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and how true that is. The injustice associated with politicians and the Adani project and allegations made by petition that follows: This is a job for the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission, if ever there were allegation of corruption that petition should raise the ire of the CCC to investigate all Councillors and all State members who have been involved in discussions. This raises the ire of the public who will now say “they are all the same” on the take. Any of those people found to been bribed by Mr. Adani need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Australia today has in excess of..

Australia today has in excess of 1.1 million people unemployed and a further 1.2 million underemployed as private survey company Roy Morgan Research corporation has noted, which in reality means a great deal of poverty exists within Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics unemployment figure has become redundant as it leaves out a huge amount of unemployed people, and the federal government have just ignored around half of the real unemployed.

Poverty is rife in Australia yet the LNP don’t even display the morality of a rodent, toward it, self-interest is their major policy as can be seen with their current energy policy, the coal industry donate to the LNP and so the they look after their mates in the coal industry. This is not acceptable to the majority of Australians who want Australia to convert to renewable energy ASAP.

Those of us in northern Australia don’t want to see the frequency and strength of Cat 5 cyclones, as for us it can mean the difference between life and death.


What is a worker?

Queen Victoria

Amongst credible economists and political leaders (so, not including Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison), it is universally accepted that Australia, like most other developed economies, has a wealth and income inequality problem. There are books and essays being written and read every minute about why this problem exists, but let me simplify in the words of a writer, not an economist: the people who own the capital (the business owners, shareholders and executives) are keeping profit from their investments for themselves, rather than dividing it amongst the people whose labour contributed to the return. This behaviour explains why company profits were up 40% to March this year, yet wages were only up 0.9%.

Before I go on, just a quick word about the behaviour that led to this outcome. You will often hear company executives and business journalists using passive language when talking about company profits and the way they…

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Right Wingers Playing the Victim

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To be a right winger these days, you have to be good at playing the victim. Victim-playing defines the behaviour of right wingers from the Prime Minister and his in-fighting colleagues, throughout the right-wing business world, all the way down to the rank and file right-wing-trolls on social media. This is not just an Australian right-winger thing – but rather a worldwide movement. Play the victim. Take responsibility for nothing. Zero self-awareness. Here are some examples:

Men’s rights activists. I’ve watched The Red Pill. The men in this documentary claim that men are victims of society, more so than women. They provide evidence for these claims that include that men undertake more dangerous professions, and when there is a plane crash, women and children get saved ahead of men. They say this is evidence of society treating men as dispensable, a form of discrimination against poor, weak, underprivileged men. These…

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Let him eat cake: Abbott & marriage equality.


No Place For Sheep

Tony Abbott marries himself. Mural by Australian artist Scott Marsh.

In the first paragraph of his opinion piece in The Age today, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott encapsulates the condescension and toleration typical of many on the No side of the marriage equality debate thus:

Like most, I have tried to be there for friends and family who are gay. They are good people who deserve our love, respect and inclusion but that doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to reserve the term “marriage” for the relationship of one man with one woman, ideally for life and usually dedicated to children.

(Note: in almost every statement you can think of, whatever comes after a “but” negates wholly or in part what precedes it).

“They” are good people who deserve inclusion, however “they” do not deserve that ultimate straight privilege: marriage. And why don’t “they” deserve it? Because they are not…

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According to respected private research company

According to respected private research company Roy Morgan Research “real” unemployment in August is up to double figures at 10.2% with 1.324 million Australians (10.2% of the workforce) and 1.241 million people are underemployed up 2.4% on last year. While the Abbott/Turnbull government is hiding behind the ABS figure which suffers from government is underfunding and possibly government meddling to read 5.6% unemployed. Australians have over the years learnt to know government BS when they hear it, and they know how difficult it is to find a job and the ABS figure does not ring true with what they see and hear in the community.

The total according to Roy Morgan Research in August was 2.565 Australians either unemployed or underemployed which a whopping 19.7% of the workforce is. This is a shameful mismanagement of our economy. Malcolm Turnbull promised a new type of management when he rolled Tony Abbott but it seems nothing has changed, and Mr Turnbull has been a frightful failure. Roll on the next election; we simply can’t take much more of this incompetence.