What a wonderful thrill for Sydney siders – The Everest. Hundreds of diamonds on two (not one) prizes for the first and second horses. ..in the $10m race – The Everest. Actually it sounds like a dream that could have come out of a Sydney electorate (Mehajer-land) but my question is simply – “why The Everest”? Couldn’t Peter V’landys think of something/anything more Australian or is it a salute to the multi-billionaire horse owners of India?


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.

The poor old taxpayer

$4M for four years for one Rugby League player and that’s not counting many, many more on up to $1M annually. And then we come to the Administrative people like the CEOs, and the coaches and what else and that is duplicated across the Codes including Cricket.
The question is – Why does the taxpayer have to foot the bill to demolish and then rebuild stadiums for these sports – for these for-profit organisations?
It’s gone crazy – millions and millions of dollars that could be spent on hospitals and schools and even for homeless people. Let’s face it – the majority of people in this city (5M at last count) do not go at any time to any of these sporting events which are just about confined to the weekends.
I repeat in case nobody heard me – Why does the taxpayer have to pay for sporting stadiums when they are operated for profit for sporting bodies?
Perhaps it is to keep sports commentators/ex players in a lucrative job. But how many of the viewing public actually watch these sporting events?  How many actually go to these multi million dollar stadiums to watch the game when they can, if they are even interested, watch on TV?

questionable decisions – councils

Have we gone mad? Needing green space/green lungs in the inner west and more open areas for people as well as sporting grounds, and Strathfield Council will – or intends to build – a Korean cultural centre on sporting fields in Homebush.
Did they consult? Did the electorate know? Is this land public land? Who owns public land? And what was wrong with the original site suggested on an unused hill at the northern end of Bressington Park in Homebush but has been shifted without consultation onto fields reportedly consuming up to five cricket fields.
Who is on this Council? Who has affiliations with the Korean Community? Who has received funding from whom? The questions are endless. And what will the Minister for Local Government do about this and when will something be done about councils taking over public land that was originally intended for and now is used for open spaces? And when will there be enquiries into Councils after the amount of questionable dealings we have seen lately…and when will we see the end of money for sporting fields?

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.

Taxpayer dollars – again and again

Heat is on in battle to keep cool – Sun Herald 8 Jan…and part of the problem seems to be football stadiums, golf courses and swimming pools.   Why? The first two – stadiums and golf courses – are for-profit organisations and so for the life of me I can’t see why taxpayer money goes into them at all…perhaps for the photo opportunities afforded by lining up at the games.
Swimming pools are for all of the people in a disadvantaged area distant from the sea, especially for kids who should be learning to swim as part of their school curriculum.
Football stadiums should not be funded by the taxpayer – everybody connected to football seems to enjoy very big, v-e-r-y big salaries; golf courses are for a very small percentage of the community.
I rest my case – fund swimming pools for the majority of people of the area; ensure that swimming is part of the school day…and perhaps save some of the taxpayer dollars for other more worthy opportunities…and perhaps save a few lives instead of contributing to some of the brawls outside football stadiums.   Or are we talking about votes here and not lives.


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.