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.

Part 2 – Do we want a Republic

Regarding the Republic I suggest that we ask Prince Charles – he may be willing to “Patron” the new Party – hasn’t he told us several times over the years that he couldn’t believe that we haven’t yet grasped the nettle. Anybody as old as I am would remember that there were moves and agitation pre-WW2 towards a Republic but the War intervened and youthful exuberance – not “King and country” as some like to say/think took over.  I never heard (yes, that’s how old I am) a soldier/sailor/airman say they were going to fight for king and country.  They were very often unemployed (33% unemployed prior to the War during the Great Depression and mostly women could not work) ; it was a job; there would be travel; mates were joining up and “we would be home for Christmas”.
But “do we want a republic” and my suggestion is to start a Party – a Parliamentary Party who could represent our wishes.   The point is – A Party would have leverage in Parliament (see Hanson, Xenophon, etc. etc.) and I do think that there would be many on the Coalition side of politics favouring the Party.  The Labor Party has a Republic on their Agenda – so no trouble there – but we need voices in Parliament…good intelligent voices to make a case for a rapid, orderly move from the Monarchy stage through to an Australian Republic – We need preparation; organisation; Parliamentary publicity; many people to appeal to young people who, dare I say it – don’t take much notice of anything in the media or on TV –  not from the point of view of “what will it do for me” but “it’s a principle”.

 

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.

Do we want a Republic? Part 1

There’s a saying:   when a butterfly flaps its wings in New Mexico it causes a hurricane in China…and we saw a variation on that early May (5May?). There was an emergency call from Buckingham Palace for Senior members of the Service to get to Buckingham Palace even though it was the middle of the night. Was it QE2? Was she abdicating or dying? Did we in Australia wanting a Republic, have a plan to cope? But no – in this case it was overkill – it was the Duke of Edinburgh retiring – in some months time – but it surely left  republicans with no idea of what we would do if it had been in truth, i.e. the abdication/death of QE2. Isn’t it time we started forward planning? Once we start, the mechanics of the planning will be formidable, will take months/years at least so shouldn’t we start now to plan for OUR future. One suggestion is a Parliamentary Party, named The Republic Party. We have all seen how successful Pauline Hanson and Nick Xenophon have been in their efforts to make Parties to pursue their ideas so surely the Republic Party could come up with some ideas.   But no odd-balls such as Hanson seems to attract and perhaps no one-state lot as the X-Party attracts. /There’s a saying:   when a butterfly flaps its wings in New Mexico it causes a hurricane in China…and we saw a variation on that early May (5May?). There was an emergency call from Buckingham Palace for Senior members of the Service to get to Buckingham Palace even though it was the middle of the night. Was it QE2? Was she abdicating or dying? Did we in Australia wanting a Republic, have a plan to cope? But no – in this case it was overkill – it was the Duke of Edinburgh retiring – in some months time – but it surely left  republicans with no idea of what we would do if it had been in truth, i.e. the abdication/death of QE2. Isn’t it time we started forward planning? Once we start, the mechanics of the planning will be formidable, will take months/years at least so shouldn’t we start now to plan for OUR future. One suggestion is a Parliamentary Party, named The Republic Party. We have all seen how successful Pauline Hanson and Nick Xenophon have been in their efforts to make Parties to pursue their ideas so surely the Republic Party could come up with some ideas.   But no odd-balls such as Hanson seems to attract and perhaps no one-state lot as the X-Party attracts.

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?