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Interesting Things.

G20 Been and Gone

So the G20 has been and gone from Brisbane. Hasn’t anybody ever heard of video conferencing? It would have saved a lot of time, money, inconvenience, and maybe embarrassment for Tony Abbott.

During the two day conference the temperatures were significantly above average (about 40°C) for all of S.E. Queensland as Tony tried to convince the world there was no such thing as Global Warming.

And then he made a brilliant deal with China to allow them to buy freehold land in Australia – no questions asked. What did Australia get in return? We got the right to have Chinese workers come to Australia and produce and freely export goods from the Chinese landowners.

World Overpopulation

Just a thought – While Tony Abbott blithely ignores some fairly compelling science about climate change, and how humans may have something to do with it, everyone seems to be ignoring the elephant in the room. There are four billion too many humans on the planet! But not many appear ready to leave yet.

Work until 70 Solution

Just a Thought – Instead of sacking thousands of public servants, why not give their jobs to the over 60s who will have to work until they are 70. Must be easier than staying as a bricklayer.

The nameless redundancies

There is a name for those people who are retrenched or made redundant.

They are called customers with no disposable income.

Chinese to ban eating shark fin.

Illegal Shark Fin catch

Illegal Shark Fin catch

Plans by the People’s Republic of China to outlaw the consumption of shark fin at official receptions may cause a downturn in the export of that commodity from Indonesia, and significantly aid efforts to conserve dwindling shark populations in the world’s oceans.

According to CNN, the ban on shark fin at official dinners in China will be introduced over three years.

The PRC government’s move, apparently, is less motivated by environmental awareness than a desire to decrease the cost of official state dinners amidst the skyrocketing cost of shark fins harvested from a dwindling population of sharks. [Read more…]

What is a People Smuggler?

Asylum Seeker Boat

Asylum Seeker Boat

In my humble opinion, ‘people smugglers’ are simply people charging money to transport people from one place to another. Who made it illegal to do that?

No matter how refugees get to a country, or apply to be accepted into a country, it will cost them money.

While Australian politicians are trying to score political points using the lives of asylum seekers, have any of them given a thought to why these people come here on these unsafe boats, and whether their political games should have them accused of manslaughter?

It is highly unlikely that in the most war torn parts of the world from where people are most desperate to escape there will be an available embassy or consulate for their use. Therefore these people will attempt any means, no matter how risky, to escape and find sanctuary in a safer place. We in Australia all know how many people have lost their lives on the boats. Yet this is considered by the refugees to be safer than staying where they were.

Why shouldn’t these people be afforded the right to have their asylum application considered no matter how or where they get to a processing place?
Why should the people who help them escape from the potential fate of death be called smugglers, and their occupation be deemed illegal?

Political Opposition

I can’t believe how stupid the Queensland Labor Party is. After getting a well deserved thrashing in the 2012 election, the only comment I’ve heard from the new leader, Ms Unpronounceable, is bleating about the LNP jobs for the boys as they try to clean up the Labor mess.

If Labor ever want my vote again they better come up with constructive comments instead of opposing just for the sake of opposing.

And Tony Rabbit in Canberra better take note too.

Revenue raising with Speed Traps is a Good Thing!

Obey the Speed Limit and watch the world go by!

Everyone seems to try to go that little bit over the speed limit but me. I sit at the speed limit, not below it, and am overtaken by many more vehicles of all sizes than I overtake.

I think they should increase the number of speed traps, keep them hidden, and increase the penalties. [Read more…]

Another episode with the Queensland Justice System

On August 19, 2011, I posted in this same category, an article entitled “An experience with the Queensland Justice System”, in which I related the frustrations of having an action taken through QCAT (Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal).

I have another one. This one can not go through QCAT though, as I found out during the early stages of filing the documents.

I am a director and treasurer of a club. We are seeking compensation for debts that we incurred because of the untimely manner in which our auditors audited our Financial Statements. They had not delivered our audited documents by ASIC’s due date for lodgement. ASIC fined us for late lodgement. [Read more…]

Should Extremists be Deported?

There have been emails circulating for some years that are attributed to several of Australia’s Prime Ministers, primarily John Howard, with additional comments by his then deputy, Peter Costello. These emails are strongly worded public statements that suggest that all extremists, especially Islamic extremists, be deported.

To clear up a point, the original was drafted by an American for use in America. It has since been amended by several people with their own agenda, and attributed to various statesmen and women. [Read more…]