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.

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.

politics and super

Buy a home – use your superannuation to make up the deposit – what a crazy idea. Yes I agree with letter writers and Paul Keating.
I can envisage the time a couple has a home procured with a bare deposit made up of the couple’s superannuation – not much if they are both young. Time passes and the mortgage gets harder and harder to manage with Sydney’s high house prices/high cost of living even with the deposit (5% or 10%) paid and then comes a time they can’t manage it any longer. Perhaps there is a loss of job, a baby and so one only income.
More time passes as time is wont to do and they arrive at retirement age with what – no house which was sold up on them, no superannuation instead of the super they had counted on. And what do you think all those greedy developers will do out there when they realise there is another idea they can milk.
What a crazy idea. Think of something else all you wonderful thinkers!

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.

The Nick Zenophon Party

Listening to Nick Zenophon on Sunday I was struck by his openness and honesty. As a backbencher he admitted that he was on probably three times the wages of the disadvantaged people the govt is proposing to hit and he would be willing to pay more tax.
What a pleasure to hear a bit of openness from a politician…a bit of willingness to pay more tax…
Nick, if you put up candidates in NSW at the next election, I suggest that you would find it very worthwhile and it would be a shock to the big Parties who are not honest…not generous…not truthful…not willing to put themselves out for the people at the bottom of the heap.
Looking to hear news from you Nick Zenophon, about future plans.