What a marvellous – whatever…

Ain’t she marvellous? I mean Eman Sharobeem, under pressure to explain financial matters in The Immigrant Women’s Health Service. Regardless of the outcome of the present case I suggest that she would be worthy of a place in any of the Parliamentary Parties in Canberra. She could teach any of them a thing or two in hiding the truth; evading the truth; manipulating the system; blaming everyone else for everything.

A new rule – an old problem

Isn’t it time to bring in a new rule to politics – if a sitting member resigns for any reason other than (genuine,- repeat “genuine”) health/family reasons, they should be required to pay at least part of the incurred cost of the by-election caused by their resignation.  How hard would this be to bring in – how hard to get through Parliament – how hard to get members to agree.

Isn’t it time to bring in a new rule to politics – if a sitting member resigns for any reason other than (genuine,- repeat “genuine”) health/family reasons, they should be required to pay at least part of the incurred cost of the by-election caused by their resignation.  How hard would this be to bring in – how hard to get through Parliament – how hard to get members to agree.

The Ethics furore

People are getting their knickers in a knot – again – about the teaching of ethics in schools, so will someone please enlighten me…what is ethics based on?..Is the subject “ethics” based on the 10 Commandments – the basis of just about all morality rules in the Judeo-Christian world to enable people to “live harmoniously in this troubled world” – if they follow the rules.
I don’t think the subject matter can stand alone, it needs a basis – so is the basis for “ethics” the 10 Commandments, or the Koran, or Sharia law, or what?? Pray tell me (oops sorry! Is “pray” a religious word).
It might help those proponents of ethics to actually read and understand the “10 Commandments” the most comprehensive set of rules for humankind… and “Bless you” for your patience (sorry, it just slipped out)… and it would help if all the hysterics went out of the discussion.

Joe Hockey – Ambassador at large (expense)

Joe Hockey heaps praise upon Trump cabinet – SMH recently. Our Ambassador to the US, former treasurer Joe Hockey has praised the Trump administration for being practical and not beholden to ideology or tradition.
That’s all very well but is the Australian taxpayer paying for baby minding while Joe is here defending Trump? That’s the vital question.

What a joke! Once again gambling giants and TV executives are trying to tell the public that they will police content on commercial TV.
I believe that it was in the ‘60s Commercial TV was regulated and allowed limited advertising in breaks in programmes. Then they claimed that they would “self regulate” and what do we have? So much advertising that many of us prefer to stop watching; record so that we can cut out advertising; read; go away for our “tea break”; watch non-commercial channels – anything to get away from up to nine commercials in the body of a show. Maybe that’s why book sales have not plummeted.
”Self regulate”! What a joke! Surely the joke of the century. And self regulation in gambling, greyhound racing, TV – reasonable advertising, are all part of that JOKE.

Distractions and diversions in Politics

In the current fracas between Jay Wetherill – quiet, cool (entered Parliament 2002), and Josh Frydenberg – smug and self-satisfied (entered Parliament 2010) I didn’t once hear Frydenberg refer to the closure of Hazelwood Jan/Feb 2018 – Victoria’s dirtiest power plant. I heard Frydenberg and Turnbull refer to the wonderful 50% increase in supply adding to the current 4000 megawatts “when” the expansion of the Snowy Mts Scheme comes to fruition (?) but no mention of the loss of 1500 megawatts from Hazelwood.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if politicians could be open and honest and stop PR’ing all over the place and if the Energy Minister could engender some confidence instead coming over to me as a smug, lightweight.