The Royal Commission

CBAs scorecard horrifying but not totally unexpected – Adele Ferguson 2 May. And I trust Adele that you will be one of the reporters trying to get to the truth from all the banks, financial institutions, etc.
I agree that ignoring some of the past and present directors and executives in the various institutions need to be called to account…not just CBA and AMP.
So we will wait and see – after all the Government did not want to have this Royal Commission and by extension – did not want to know about the position in all the financial institutions.


School funding – again

What a lot for my mind to digest (Funding gap leaves public schools with 30% shortfall – SMH 12 April) but I think I have arrived at a kernel of truth in the mass of figures: Govt funding represented 96% of the total net recurrent income of public schools and 80%   of the net income of Catholic schools in 2016 but only 45% of total income of private schools. In 2016 the state’s private schools raised nearly $11,000 a student from fees, charges, contributions and other private sources on top of their total govt funding of $9054 a student.
Does this sound right, Paliavi Singhal, writer of the article?

The Royal Commission

What hypocrites the Govt is.  Headlines such as AMP misconduct and lies exposed following similar findings  about CBA, and the other big four banks – and will probably be the case when this Royal Commission  gets onto other branches of the money industries.  And the Liberal-led government has the nerve to castigate Unionists as thugs and worse…and had to be dragged kicking and screaming to this Royal Commission. Union crimes are open and their dress is workman’s clothing and that is the main difference I can see between these businessmen and unionists.


I found the following article interesting after all the ill-informed (dare I say – biased) stuff in the papers recently:  Published: 08 March 2018

Has debate around the Catholic Church become so polarised that it is moving towards irrational extremes, asks Joel Hodge. Source: ABC Religion and Ethics.

By no means am I advocating that the Church be exempt from robust public scrutiny. I am also not wishing to divert attention from historical abuse and grievous cover-ups in the Church. I firmly express support for the survivors who have bravely stood up to seek justice and healing.Rather, I want to avoid prejudicial scrutiny that only leads to misdirected blame. This misdirection allows all parties to avoid proper accountability.

Take the recent six-month investigation by The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald into the properties of the Church. The investigation sought to highlight issues around the transparency and accountability of the Catholic hierarchy.Yet, despite the purported aims of the investigation, there were some obvious flaws. These flaws highlight how resources and attention are being irrationally misdirected against the Church and could be better deployed.

For example, the Church was treated as one entity by the investigation, whereas, in fact, it is many different entities in Australia – dioceses, religious congregations, parishes, schools, hospitals, aged care, social services and so on. To lump all these agencies together – like lumping all the assets and agencies of the federal, state and local governments – is misleading.  Without quibbling about the actual valuations given by the newspapers, much of the reported property cannot be liquidated for obvious reasons. There are churches, hospitals, schools, aged care and social services facilities on these properties. They could not easily be liquidated without a significant social cost and, in some cases, political negotiation.

One is left wondering, then, what was the real point of the investigation?  The Age claimed it wished to highlight the Church’s treatment of claims made by survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as question the tax-free status of the Church.
There seems to be a view that, by highlighting the Church’s wealth, it will be embarrassed and pressured into giving more compensation and support to survivors. But it is the federal government that has set the limit on compensation, not the Church.

– Joel Hodge is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University.

RIGHT TO privacy?

And now it’s another politician claiming right to privacy…this time it’s Gladys about one of her MPs.
Gladys – and the rest of the politicians – don’t you realise that when you take my taxes – taxpayer funding – you are responsible to me and to the electorate for your actions. .. Along with the rorts, the cars, the big pay  there is a downside – you lose your right to privacy and it’s time you realised it.
Politicians – GROW UP.

Barnaby – again

I am getting so tired of the repetition of “it’s private and should remain Barnaby’s private life”.
I am a taxpayer and as such I HELP PAY BARNABY’S WAGES and so he is responsible to me ,and to his paymasters, for the way he conducts himself. He stood for Parliament to represent the electors… he is responsible to them for his behaviour – it was not a private job he stood for – it was a responsibility to all the electors.