I lament the fact that no party or Pollie shows any real vision or ambition. After watching recent shows about the Moon landings, it saddens me to think that we no longer have Statesmen that want to do good for the country. Instead we have career oriented, point scorers that are only interested in importing or bribing for votes. Why we pander & cow tail to minority groups is beyond me. Nobody cares to look at the big picture anymore and, as a country, it will be our children who suffer the inevitable consequences of such folly!
Location: Why oh why would I wanna be anywhere else?
Mine is only one vote in a very safe Liberal seat but I am SO looking forward to giving my opinion on Gillard/Krudd and the mess that they have gotten us into.
Kowtow, which is borrowed from kòu tóu in Mandarin Chinese, is the act of deep respect shown by kneeling and bowing so low as to have one's head touching the ground.Kowtow came into English in the early 19th century to describe the bow itself, but its meaning soon shifted to describe any abject submission or grovelling
Sorry Buster it's the pedant in me that makes me do it
And Bob'awke thinks we should abolish the states to achieve the Fabian dream of one Big Brother (or sister...shudder!) watching over us all.
I think that's been the dream of every Australian PM and federal Treasurer since federation. Ain't gonna make it happen though.
Watching the three pollies and fawning crowds at Woodford Folk Festival on TV and Facebook has been very enlightening; it reminds me never to go near the bloody thing. None of them ever seem to want to rock Soundwave, of course it's a slightly tougher crowd in every respect .
Maybe Gillard, Hawke and Turnbull could form a band...
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Years ago a friend of mine proposed starting a National Nuisance 'award' scheme, similar but inverse to the National Living Treasure award scheme for successful and respected Australians.
It was for people who;
1. failed to recognise their increasing irrelevance to public debate because they were senile / boring / deadset stupid,
2. People who insisted on commenting about issues that were completely removed from their expertise (such as supermodels waxing lyrical about agricultural practices or pollies yakking on about Kabuki theatre), and
3. People who obviously spent every waking hour either appearing in media stories or organising their next appearance in a media story.
Once a person was declared a National Nuisance they would be prohibited from appearing in any media article or reality tv show, going on the lecture circuit, becoming a professional new shopping centre opener and all the other stuff faded media tarts feed from.
We came up with quite a comprehensive list, including Hawke, Fraser, Hanson, Rudd, Qld's Peter Beattie and Jim Soorley. We also had a celebutard list that started with Lara Bingle.
I reckon it could work.
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People who insisted on commenting about issues that were completely removed from their expertise.
Given that from her public comments on every subject I've ever heard her pronounce and pontificate upon, she fills the criterion above to a 'T', may I nominate Sarah Hansenhypentwodads as the first contemporary nominee?
Malcolm Fraser and Paul Keating would be close to the top in the very highly populated 'has beens' category.
"Any ex union official who, having ripped off their union mates for several years have reached a level of dishonesty and corruption that qualifies them to be parachuted into an ALP seat and rise to high office in a Labour government".......?
Labor start the new year with the same traditions of dishonesty, deceit & untruthfulness.
Jenny (Useless?) Macklin says she "of course I can live on the dole" however the official transcript from her office says her comments `inaudible'. Later clarified that that a nearby vehicle made the mobile phone transcript inaudible.
The TV footage is very clear and concise with no nearby vehicle audible.
This is a deceitful act, is dishonest and whilst the Minister may not have said directly her comment is inaudible (that is, she was untruthful however, someone with in her office was) the actions & responsibility for actions within or from her office stop with her/are her responsibility!
It is going to be a great year!
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A HOMELESS nomad who spends most of the year wandering overseas has won the right to keep his welfare payment after arguing his pension goes further in South-East Asia than in Australia. The 62-year-old's disability pension was initially cancelled in March because he did not have a fixed address in Australia, did not meet the residential requirements needed for the payment and spent two-thirds of the year overseas. The man, who suffers from schizophrenia, has lived a nomadic lifestyle for decades and has been receiving the pension since April 1984. For the past 10 years he has spent most of his time roaming Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, China and Vietnam; countries where he is able to survive on his pension. Now, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has overturned the departmental decision to cut his pension, ruling he needed to travel overseas because of his dire poverty.
"His travel overseas is linked to the difficulties he has faced as a homeless person in Australia and his current lack of assets," the AAT ruled
"He does not travel to one country in South-East Asia but moves around. The applicant says he travels to South-East Asia mainly because this enables him to get a room with a TV and airconditioning together with three meals a day and some beer money within the tight parameters of the pension payment.
"The applicant is unable to afford accommodation in Australia on his pension." When he is in Australia he moves around frequently but considers campsites around Darwin his home base and avoids Melbourne and Sydney because of the cooler weather. He told the tribunal he hoped an inheritance from his 100-year-old mother would enable him to buy a caravan.
"The applicant considers Australia his home. Although the applicant's home base is a series of sites on Aboriginal land and a number of informal arrangements (including staying with friends, family or camping) and although he is homeless, this does not mean he has no connection with Australia," the AAT ruled.
What drugs are these numpties smoking??!! I object to my taxes funding someone's overseas travel. I don't care how fcuking schizophrenic he is. Further evidence that the welfare culture in this country is pretty well out of control. Small wonder boatloads of "refugees" are risking life and limb to get here and get onto Centrelink ASAP.
Capt Sand Dune, I had a very similar reaction this morning when I heard the interview on AM with the man running the detention centre on Manus Island. The touchy-feelie bullsh1t he was sprouting leaves me even more convinced that the "asylum seekers" under his care see us as fools to be exploited to the fullest extent.p