Gladys and buses

Over 700 breakdowns of buses according to Berejiklian and Constance – but my question is WHY/ Why are the faults in the buses not attended to? Is it because – as a bus driver said to me – that Gladys was getting ready to sell off the bus lines (note “lines” not just the current lines under discussion). Will private bus lines be better maintained and if not will those bus lines be subject to condemnation or even returned to the government?  No way!!!   Is it intended to privatise ALL buses?  Will we be told – no!!!!

SCHAPELLE CORBY

Are other viewers/readers as disgusted as I am at the behaviour of the media pursuing Schapelle Corby? Guilty or innocent she has done her time and she is surely entitled to be treated with a certain amount of respect and not pursued as if she were an animal out on the African veldt.
What pleasure will viewers/readers get watching a TV interview or listening to her being hounded by media or interviewers. Have some respect or sympathy for another human being and turn off the TV or go to another channel. Don’t watch the harassment of a human being done for ratings and money – even if the whole show appears to be stage managed for profit.

Chelsea and Donald

Poor WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning – released from gaol after seven years (SMH 18 May) for doing much the same thing – disclosure of intelligence matter – as the President of the USA. But Donald will tough it out and build up his ego without doing time in any form.

The amazing Donald Trump

Is this how Donald Trump conducted his business interests prior to becoming President of the USA? Lies, obfuscation, mind-boggling mind-switches, vindictive staff relations, constant staff turnover…how on earth did he become a billionaire. Oh yes! He confused and bewildered his business opponents but for how long will this system work in diplomatic/political circles.
Will someone remind me – what were Nixon and Clinton taken to task for – impeached for?

HOW TO FIX THE BANK LEVY

There IS an answer to the Bank Levy furore. If a percentage of top executive/s salaries and bonuses were levied, that would relieve the pressure on banks, be a big plus publicity-wise for the banks and perhaps bring those executives down to an earth the rest of we mortals live on.
After all, those bonuses are supposedly paid on the basis of service and customer satisfaction – need I say more.

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

So, finally, there may be some light let into the fog that has blocked off the RSL and its activities for many years.
I have no knowledge of the alleged financial problems but I am well aware of the stuck-in-the-past (WW1) attitude of the RSL as we know it. I have accumulated a file inches thick over the past few years asking for recognition of WW2 servicemen and particularly New Guinea but – alas RSL thoughts start and end with The Western Front and Gallipoli and the March. To my requests that more recognition be given to activities in WW2 such as a Day for those activities especially in New Guinea, I have had a standard reply:   Änzac Day covers all servicemen, to which I have replied “ask any child in the street what Anzac (Day) means and they will   tell you Gallipoli”. They don’t even think about North Africa, Greece, Crete, Syria and finally, and so importantly regarding the possible invasion of Australia – New Guinea.
It was salt on the wounds to hear an American Admiral on ship celebrating The Battle of the Coral Sea refer to heading off the invasion of Australia…a history that local historians and the RSL have been trying to re-write for over 65 years selling the fact that there was no suggestion of a possible invasion.. Amazing – the Japanese had fought from their islands right down through SE Asia and then New Guinea – up and down the Owen Stanley Ranges – to….what? sit in Port Moresby – well that’s what the RSL and local historians would have us believe but obviously the American Navy doesn’t think that.
So – good on the investigators – they may bring the RSL up to date and into the 21st century.

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.