Give me a sign…

22nd August 2015. Looking around a small publicly accessible pool near a restaurant I counted 9 signs around the pool, all exhorting the dim-witted and foolish not to do dim-witted and foolish actions. Why do we have to lower society to the lowest common denominator. ‘What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.’

It’s a joke, isn’t it?…

16th August 2015. After spending millions of dollars big-noting themselves in a Senate Enquiry, the committee in charge is recommending that the Multi-National Corporations who are serial tax avoiders be named and shamed. Is that the best they can do ? ‘I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.’

Endless Cycle….

12th August 2015. ‘Australia’s mandatory helmet laws for cyclists should be abolished because they are deterring people from riding bikes and improving their health, a number of doctors and academics have told MPs.’ Are these the same doctors and academics that told us we should have them in the first place? If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

Hydra…….

5th August 2015. Free trade agreements should not be about corporate interests supplanting public ones but, with the secrecy surrounding the Trade in Services Agreement talks this may be what Australia’s future holds. Germany is presently being sued, under the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, for $US4.7 billion because it wants to phase out nuclear power. Canada lost a case after Quebec imposed a moratorium on fracking. The federal government was sued over its tobacco legislation, and though it won the 2012 case, the latest one asking billions in compensation has not been decided. Our essential sovereignty in being able to regulate business in our own country. ‘There is no friendship in trade’

Ever Been Had…

3rd August 2015. The big pharmaceutical companies in Australia made $8 billion sales last year, received $3.5 billion in government subsidies and paid $85 million tax – Oh and of course they were very generous political donors. ‘What have we got – taxation by confession’