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?


Equality – one equality against another

I have just read the Inner West Courier with a great deal of annoyance (no, anger) and especially ALP, Liberals unite, if only for top jobs – 26 Sept. So much for “equality” with Greens Councillor Tom Kiat trying to put through a policy to waive fees for same-sex marriages (SSM) to use Council halls and community centres apparently with the connivance of Darcy Byrne..
Does this Council not realise that in passing this motion it is absolutely against “equality”?
Why do they think that SSM should not pay the same fees (“equality”) as the rest of the community for the use of Council properties which are also owned by me and others not SSM.
And Mayor Byrne and T Kiat,  I suggest that you cut out the rhetoric (“fundamental to civil rights”) and consider who is paying your salary – all the ratepayers of the area and if they can put you in – they can toss you and others out. Just for once try to think with your heads and forget the emotional promotion we have been subjected to over the past few weeks.

My SMH – no longer independent

What has happened to MY Sydney Morning Herald? Once I could proudly say (and did) that the SMH was fair and unbiased but not now – In the YES/NO question they have chosen sides and given that side so much free publicity…page after page…piece after piece of support…despite loudly claiming to be independent . I do not agree with any CEO (Alan Joyce, etc) including sporting associations standing up and putting views out there as if representing their companies/associations.   Does Joyce represent the views of 20,30,40000 Qantas employees?  He is well known for his views and he is at liberty to express his views as a PRIVATE person but not representing employees.
Likewise other companies and sporting groups… but I did look to MY SMH to play it fair and show both sides of the argument and the piece Six steps to deciding how to vote on same-sex marriage by Caitlin Fitzsimmons really steps over the line. I can only conclude that Caitlin has a personal inclination to push otherwise I am taking her piece as a comic piece of satire saying one thing and meaning another, quite different thing… Read   the paragraph headings against the explanations under those headings…

People speaking for a majority of people – unasked

Just who is Todd Greenberg to foist his opinions on the 80,000+ fans of Rugby League last weekend plus the viewers of TV. He is a paid employee of the Rugby League   organisation and like Qantas’ CEO and others he is using his organisation to advance his own ideas. Did he ask the fans who went to the game? Did he ask the sponsors who paid  for the game? Did he ask each and every player and supporting staff what they wanted? No!   He made a decision based solely on his own feelings…and forcing – no bullying, people who just want to go to a game of football.
If I had been at the game I would have taken the opportunity to express my views by remaining seated and turning my back on this impertinent, imported American with his bawdy piece of “music”… as I did years ago when someone played the English Anthem at a private function.
I would hope that in the future others will have the guts to show their feelings at games and teach Greenberg that he is just a paid employee and not the be all and end all of the great game of Rugby League.

The Public Service

Mustafa Erem  asks : Where the good old public service is fair – equal grade, equal pay – SMH 7 Oct.   If you are old enough to remember, Mustafa Erem you would recall the days when heads of Departments were not the minions of their Ministers; when those Heads of Departments could give honest, unbiased, independent advice to their Ministers because they were not bought and paid for by Ministers – they were independent; when there were grades and proper pay for grades; if you attained a grade you got the pay. The Public Service was respected and young, bright people leaving school tried for jobs in the Public Service. There’s just something about the Public Service of the past, Mustafa, something with credibility, honesty – something to be looked up to… something to be proud of.


Typically Alex Blackwell (Peter FitzSimons – what they said 23 Sept) thinks every movement started and stopped with her generation.   Try telling that to those in the 60s who had to fight for bank/building society loans; tell that to counter staff who suggested that I get a signature from a son for a store account, I was helping him through University (my reply was NO followed by a letter to the Managing Director of the firm); tell that to a person in the 60s applying for a new position only to be told when giving the name of MY school , “that position was filled”; tell that to a person refused a housing loan because of responsibilities (two sons)…and no discrimination laws then to help.
Alex Blackwell just stop and think: Who did the preparatory work so that you could even think of pressing your case for proper pay and inclusion? Who did the hard yards so that you may write the drivel expressed in your FitzSimon column? Who wrote letters ad infinitum to rectify a situation? Who helped change the position of women needing a guarantor?
It didn’t happen overnight – it happened a couple of generations ago and was the result of work by the agitators then – not now.


Such interesting figures George Williams (Maybe it’s time to end the parliamentary prayer in this secular nation – SMH 25 Sept) but in the interests of fairness I suggest the following: Show us a ledger page with your views and particularly your figures on one side of the ledger and on the other side show the amazing increase in mental illness both in infants and older in our increasingly secular society. You could include on this page figures (you are so good at figures) on the amazing incidence of drug taking. And when you have done this bring your undoubted intelligence to bear and explain if there is any relationship between disbelief in an overseeing Deity (whether God, Allah, etc.) and the increasing lack of self confidence, the need to take drugs, young people’s suicide, and perhaps you could reflect on the Fall of the Roman Empire as it became increasingly secular. Maybe then I can say “God help us” or any one of the many expressions that people use unthinkingly.