Can someone please tell me why we spent $100,000,000 on a WW1 memorial – in FRANCE – for God’s sake commemorating WW1 – 100 years ago.   It is not obviously for Australian tourists – the few who will bother to go to yet another battlefield (figures released estimate 100,000 this year and how many thereafter ?); it’s not for the French – they live there.
Why do we (Australia) have to go over the top every time? Is it to prove that we can?   Have NZ or Canada built a multi-million dollaar WW1 memorial on the Western Front?   For heavens sake please tell me that there is a real reason why we spent one hundred million dollars on a building in the countryside of France… to commemorate a war one hundred years ago… or will there be some glory-hunting politician seeking to build memorial buildings for WW2 (perhaps in North Africa?) or New Guinea – or let’s go the whole way – Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc. etc.



What a dramatic picture of a bushfire/firefighter Sun Herald 13 Aug.  Which leads to questioning what we will require in the way of water resources with a very hot dry summer ahead.
And of course – has anyone heard anything about our expensive de-sal plant on Botany Bay?  Is it working?  Is it being regularly turned on to keep it active for the troubles ahead?
Will anyone tell us?

Les Murray now – who next

For heavens sake – a state funeral for Les Murray!! I know he was a very good sports commentator (on Soccer) but that was what he was – a “sports commentator” of a sport that is far from being the Australian national game.
I am sure there would be someone who would qualify better to represent the real Australian game – started here in Australia and played and watched by many, many people every week….or in many other sports.
The “rot” started for the granting of state funerals with Kerry Packer, a businessman who worked for himself and when a state funeral was given to him, as far as I am concerned, it debased the value of a state funeral.
What next? The men who work on removing garbage in our streets, keep us healthy, do it cheerfully – they do it for us much more than most of others whose names come up in the papers.
Bill Shorten – I am surprised at you – and disappointed.


For Heaven’s sake, People – Get Real.  We desperately need hospitals, schools, transport so why is government proposing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on demolishing stadiums, then building new ones on the sites with all the “state-of-the-arts”  gadgets that probably could be put to better use in our missing hospitals and schools.  How about state-of-the-art hospitals and schools and use the stadiums we have; even spend some money on doing them up. It’s football People..it’s sport – it’s not a cancer cure.

Humble Jumble

Will someone please tell public speakers especially politicians to stop being “humble”.  I don’t believe it and I expect neither do the other listeners/viewers.  The new MP for North Sydney was “humble”, “humbled”, and many other variations of this ridiculous word.  If they are humble I really don’t think they should go for office as they would not be suited to the attack, forcefulness, fighting spirit, go-for-broke, putting forward a case for their voters, spirit needed in public life.  “Humble” they are not, and “humbled” I doubt.

Keating’s the right stuff

Congratulations (once again) to Paul Keating. He shows what a PM could do/should do when he is “ousted” from the PM- ship. He hasn’t wasted his time being bitter as have Tony and Joe but is using his considerable physical and mental resources to aid his country. And the latest is taking up the Indigenous cause.

Pursuant to this I recommend any reader to beg, borrow or steal Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu if you want to disabuse yourself of the myths associated with the aboriginal people to justify the acquisition of their land. Or perhaps Bill Gammage’s The Biggest Estate on Earth could bring you up to date, i.e. if you really want to learn.


Stuck in traffic again? I suggest to take a ride – car or bus – along New Canterbury Rd/Canterbury Rd, Petersham, Lewisham, Canterbury as far as Campsie. You will see literally hundreds of unit buildings (small villages/towns?) going up meaning that hundreds, even thousands of occupants will soon hit the main road. Many of these unit occupiers will have taken note of the advice from the previous State Minister for Transport that they would not need garage space as they are near to public transport but what public transport is available?. Bus routes 445 and 428 use this corridor and currently they appear to be on a 20min timetable – when they turn up, often running together. I know enough to know that holdups in Campsie’s Beamish St and King St Newtown can wreck timetables but what is the answer – put more buses on the routes surely.
Another point of dissatisfaction is the NOT IN SERVICE buses making the run back to a break on both the 428 (finishes at Canterbury Station) and 445 (finishing at Campsie). Surely, as they do not divert from set routes they should be able to pick up, on their way “home” instead of leaving customers (and voters) standing, watching several buses streak past.
My suggestion is:
*where the timetable says 20 min have 15 min intervals; where 15 min have 10 min intervals.
*allow buses NOT IN SERVICE to pick up on their way home
*has anyone ever thought of a shuttle bus/s on a continuous circuit picking up as they go round and round on these routes?

Minister Constance, your electorate is Bega and so you may not understand the transport problems of inner Sydney but they surely are among the most infuriating in this State. And with those thousands of unit occupants coming on line in the near future, I predict that there will be more and more frustrated voters.