Gladys and buses

Over 700 breakdowns of buses according to Berejiklian and Constance – but my question is WHY/ Why are the faults in the buses not attended to? Is it because – as a bus driver said to me – that Gladys was getting ready to sell off the bus lines (note “lines” not just the current lines under discussion). Will private bus lines be better maintained and if not will those bus lines be subject to condemnation or even returned to the government?  No way!!!   Is it intended to privatise ALL buses?  Will we be told – no!!!!

Chelsea and Donald

Poor WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning – released from gaol after seven years (SMH 18 May) for doing much the same thing – disclosure of intelligence matter – as the President of the USA. But Donald will tough it out and build up his ego without doing time in any form.

The amazing Donald Trump

Is this how Donald Trump conducted his business interests prior to becoming President of the USA? Lies, obfuscation, mind-boggling mind-switches, vindictive staff relations, constant staff turnover…how on earth did he become a billionaire. Oh yes! He confused and bewildered his business opponents but for how long will this system work in diplomatic/political circles.
Will someone remind me – what were Nixon and Clinton taken to task for – impeached for?

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.

The Royal Commission on Child Abuse

As a Catholic I am distraught at the figures coming out of the Royal Commission on Child Abuse in the Catholic Church but I reserve my greatest condemnation for the people at the top of the tree who covered up this disgraceful crime over the years. They were entrusted with leading the Church and they betrayed it and me and the people in the Church.
I am bleeding for the many, many priests, brothers and nuns I have known over my life – good, compassionate people who put their heart and soul into their vocations and now must endure the criticisms, abuse, distrust from people who formerly gave them trust and respect. And the clergy and teachers who gave me and dozens of people in my extended family, a great and happy childhood and education. And those looked after by generations of teachers and nurses in third world countries and who often died for their Faith..
No, I did not attend an elite school – I was a disadvantaged child in a disadvantaged school in a disadvantaged area but I had the advantage of a sympathetic, comprehensive schooling from nuns who tutored me.
Perhaps it’s time for some perspective. If a small firm down the street showed a 10% figure taking part in a crime, that could be, say 2 people. If say, BHP had a similar percentage – 2% – taking part in the same crime – that could be hundreds or thousands but the crime would be the same, the percentage of criminals the same.
With an organisation as numerous as The Church, with thousands of priests, brothers and nuns involved over many years under the Commission’s Review – what would be the percentage of those involved in these disgusting crimes, compared to, say the aggregate of any of the many other organisations undoubtedly coming up for more discussion on the floor of the Commission within the next few weeks.
I do look for some perspective on this awful matter but I doubt it I will get it from the media…it wouldn’t make as good a story and wouldn’t satisfy the bias of some in the media.

Wake up Australia!

Wake up Australia and stop feeling like mendicants in the relationship with the USA.
First appreciate that Australia is now and has been a real, actual co-partner to the USA . We are the only secure, stable, friendly, resourced base in the whole Pacific area as we were in WW2. At present we are hosting American troops in the NT and more importantly, we are a link in the world-wide USA defence installation in WA.
We are important! We are necessary for the defence of the USA and to keep troubles away from their shores, especially now that so much of the Pacific is closing off to the USA – The Philippines, Japan (Guam), China, etc.
So stop feeling that we must placate Trump – he must be pulled into line by wiser heads in the military and they will do it for their country and their own jobs…but first we must recognise that America will not look after anyone except the USA and our position makes us pretty important in American strategy – as it was in WW2.