Energy and where goes the gas

Pardon my ignorance of things scientific but isn’t GAS a source of energy, and don’t we (Australia) have many many years of gas deposits available? Oh No! That’s another asset sold off like petroleum, to overseas interests to the disadvantage of Australia…
When will someone here come up with the idea that we should access our own gas supplies and use them in our quest for energy.
Makes me think of subterranean water – of which we have millions and millions of litres but now it’s being siphoned off and actually sold overseas – from the driest continent on earth. One day we will be looking for this water and where will it be? and who will have the profits? And who authorised the sale of this water anyway?


Bill of Rights

George Williams (Dean of Law, UNSW) – with no Bill of rights, Australia is ill-prepared for a down-under version of Trump – SMH 13 Feb. Don’t tell us the problem George – Tell us the answer – how do we get a Bill of Rights.


The question post 1945 was what to do about affordable housing during the years following the war, and after, especially as there had been no home building during the long years of the war and possibly before with the Great Depression.
The simple solution then – not private enterprise but govt initiative. Build minimum houses – not MacMansions – in areas then on the outskirts (think Sutherland area) and others. They were rented to people (like myself) with the option of buying on a minimum deposit. These houses – and you can see them all over Sydney – were enlarged, improved, lived in, and suburbs grew up around them and roads passed them on their way to other new suburbs.
So what am I saying? Go back to the old Housing Commission (or similar) by another name – after all they didn’t need to make a profit for (and rightfully so) shareholders; the same authority had full crews to maintain these houses. Build adequate houses – not MacMansions. Incidentally this would have an impact on the numbers of apprentices and tradesmen.
A passing thought – the government talks big about having a percentage of new housing blocks allocated for affordable housing. Tell me, will any buyer or any investor really want “affordable housing”, i.e. of a standard/size less than others around them, paying thousands of dollars less than buyers of the better class units? Come on!
What governments have to get over is the idea that private is better and one day they will realise that governments are there in government to work for us and not the private sector.
(An aside: who was the fool or the capitalist who first came up with the idea that private is better)

A solution and keep our pride

An answer to the current Trump/detainee problem – why don’t we simply give entry to those on Manus Island and Nauru who have been cleared by UNHCR and we wouldn’t have to be beholden and cringing to Trump. Please let us stand on our own feet.

An opening door

Now that Donald Trump has rescinded the USA’s part in the Pacific Treaty, this may be a Godsend. Perhaps now our politicians will find back bones and stand up and say ”we will make our own treaties. We will stand on our own feet. We can make some decisions for ourselves”. Am I hopelessly hopeful?

Importing overseas executives

Woolworths recruits new stores boss – SMH 17 Jan and there was a further comment in the article – Shipping in people from overseas has had mixed success – Fund Manager comment.
How much has it cost Woolworths and the Shareholders (of whom I am one) to find out the truth of the preceding two comments?
Didn’t they learn from appointments like The Three Amigos and the disaster which cost the AMP millions before he decamped with a golden handshake.
And there were others..
Wake up Australia!. We are not English (UK) or American, or NZ, or any other of the countries that have sent us their whiz-kids (some of questionable value) over the past years…only to find that we are our own persons with our own culture etc and it’s necessary to understand our culture and people.

A Foreign “bird”

A contributor to Col 8, Terry O’Brien, 14 April asked about the foreign bird on the new bank notes …Perhaps I can help out –Could it be QE2 – the “foreign bird “on our bank note, otherwise known as Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England.  And now,  could anyone help me out further – what would be the Latin phrase for the said “foreign bird”?