Previous comments: Reset 01/04/2020
So the Corona virus has even closed down some of the Jihadis. But think of the irony – all those bog rolls being shipped to China have paid the Halal tax.
China 0, Uighurs 1
Export of goods …
I would have more sympathy with the “plight” of fishers if they in turn gave a stuff about Australian consumers.
When the demand from Asia slowed down the lobster fishers and exporters publicly stated that they would reduce the size of their catch in an effort to protect the high $ paid by Asians rather than sell their catch to us citizens.
When I was a kid there was bugger all crayfish and scallops exported. Not only could the average household afford to buy the occasional cray we could – if we were so inclined – catch our own.
Then came the export market which led to higher licence fees, recreational catch restrictions, fewer but bigger boats, less people able to make a living from going to sea and crustacean consumption limited to the rich.
I hope that any financial assistance provided by the taxpayer during the current emergency to the fishing industry will be by way of repayable loans and not grants.
The World Health Organisation has a LOT of answers to give to the relatives of the D.E.A.D.
Further to my comment above.
How our government makes out it is doing something about the pillaging of our medical supplies and supermarkets, only 4 months too late.
The gate was left open, the horse has bolted. Bloody abysmal.
“Will ban and heavily penalise.”
“In a statement, the Sydney-based company said it sent the supplies in late January and early February because China “at the time, was the epicentre of the outbreak”.”
Four months too late?
To prohibit export of goods now banned from export, so legally exported earlier.
Having started my adult business career working for a Japanese Trading Company importing and exporting I can assure you that all exports must be covered by the required shipping documents stating what they are.
The now too often attacks on one level of government during the pandemic crisis is unreasonable.
A Day at the Races.
A bloke was having a few drinks by himself at a London casino when he met up with a striking but quite short and slim young woman. They got on famously and ended up in bed.
The next morning she told him she was a jockey and that if he came to the races at Ascot that day, she’d tip him the winner of each race she was riding in by giving him a sign as she rode out of the saddling paddock.
In Race 2, she rode out rubbing both her boobs. The bloke looked through the race book and found ‘Two Abreast’ on which he placed £100 at 5-1. It won by two lengths.
In Race 4 she rode out rubbing her fingers round her eyes. He put the lot on ‘Eyeliner’ at 10-1 and was then £5000 in front.
In the last race she came out standing up in the stirrups and rubbing her growler. He backed nothing.
After the races, he met up with her and thanked her for the winners in races 2 and 4. ‘What about ‘Itchy Mickey’ in the sixth?’, she asked. ‘It paid a fortune?’
‘Sh*t’, he said, ‘I thought you were telling me the favourite was scratched!’
I’ll pay that! LOL.
Article in the Australian quoting that a if real estate agent or a landlord advises someone to draw down on their super to pay rent etc. they can be jailed for five years and or fined 1.3 million. A few things spring to mind, the first one being that it is the superannuants money and should be theirs to do with as they see fit and already there is a provision to allow people to draw down on their super in a case of hardship, and a law like that imposed means that Australia isn’t a free country but a socialistic one. If you attend a Centrelink office and apply for the dole they will advise you to exhaust all your savings and your super and then come crawling back for consideration so in actual fact the bloody government haven’t a clue for even blind Freddie would opine that paying your mortgage or rent is an imperative. Given time maybe this ex marketing bozo may surpass the stupidity of turnbull for his runs on the board of failures are increasing along nicely.
Bots: I may be wrong or I may be right, but this destruction of our income and forcing us to Centrelink seems to be a deliberate ploy to make us all fully dependent upon the government via Centrelink, who may then choose to cut our ‘feed’ off if we should be naughty and do such horrible things as criticize the government wrongdoings.
They are working overtime at it PP, they want to get their paws on the superannuation pot of gold and will do it by hook or by crook. I am sitting here after working hard for 61 years watching our super fund lose value hand over fist, am scared that they will confiscate the considerable loot from the sale of our “old selection” we have on hand to buy a retirement hovel, and am of the belief that the government have got things arse apeak, and am too bloody old to do anything about it.
Bots: You got that right, our superannuation is becoming too attractive to the thieving bastards. Do you recollect when Curtis Pitt was Qld Treasurer, he helped himself to $4.7 Billion of QSuper, the superannuation of the public service, with plans to extract another $4.4 Billion the following year.
PP & Bots, you may recall that this wouldn’t be the first that the pollies have had the dirty little arse scratchers in the super & pension jam pots. Keating found a heap of money in the armed forces super fund and stole it to boost general revenue. He then proceeded to blow the lot along with the funds stolen from the pensions fund that suffered the same fate.
Now pensioners are vilified as being a drain on the government.
You are 100% correct PP. Wait till the cashless society comes. The government will collude with the banks to put lots of businesses out of business. Like sex shops, gun dealers, tatts betting to be confined to those on government payrolls, just to name a few. And the government will have 100% control of your spending. Especially since all products now have bar codes which can be put into your bank profile as being not allowed for purchase.
The little communist swine Danial Andrews gets a $42,000 pay rise as other pollies are granted enormous pay rises despite the economic ruin being cause by reactions to the Covd-19.
Par for the course albert for most politicians are the lowest of the low and can walk under a snakes guts on stilts with a beach umbrella held high easily. If we think things are bad now just wait until this is over for we are going to be taxed out of existence. I have a sneaking suspicion that we are being played for mugs with all these draconian measures for they don’t pass the pub test, but as a law abiding lot we are allowing them to get away with it for now at least. An example of things to come might be the Qld. State elections held later on this year. Morrison and his mates forget that Shorten and Bob Brown in particular along with the plucked duck and Trad kept him in the Lodge, his own efforts didn’t.
Bots: As per usual, how right you are. I too await October 31 with eager anticipation, for my piece of 4×2 splintery hardwood with a 6″ nail in one end, is is prime condition to get to work to give the bastards a right old flogging.
One Nation, Shooters Fishers and Farmers, Katter Party will be 1, 2, 3 on the ballot paper, whilst the LNP/ALP/Greens last in that order, on the same ballot paper. Loose change will be in between.
Hopefully, Qld Labor will scratch together no more than 2 or 3 successful entrants, I am sure there is a Dr Who style telephone box available in Brisbane for rental.
As for the Nationals, they are also going to get a flogging as I reckon One Nation will do quite well indeed because we in the rural and outback sector have had a gutfull of the useless bastards.
Bots, I am not too sure that it is being taxed out of existence that should be our main concern. I’m much more concerned about the draconian laws that have been slipped into place alongside more reasonable means to inform the general public of their responsibilities during this emergency. Are these laws that power hungry governments, State and Federal, may find an advantage in their quest to exchange democracy for a police state?
I have never been a fan of the police as there are far too many renegades, thugs and intellectually challenged in their ranks at all levels. The actions of the over zealous police to enforce these laws makes me believe that when the whole thing is over the police will not like having those extraordinary powers removed and will fight tooth and nail to retain their bully boy tactics. I wonder at the need to kit police out in bullet proof body armour and military grade automatic weapons. Do they expect an uprising?
In addition, the use of the military to patrol the streets, albeit unarmed, is also a worry as a devious government may choose to keep them on duty and extend their power through the use of arms to strengthen their authority.
We see government leaders doing extraordinary things like the Victorian police minister banning the sale of all firearms and ammunition and the NSW Premier wanting to fine people eleven thousand dollars for just being outside their homes and elderly citizens being fined $1,000 just for sitting alone outside reading a book.
Is this a taste of the future if we don’t begin opposing oppresive government actions and dictates? I believe that it is.
We will vote along the same lines candidates being available of course. The premier is a cunning bugger for she probably knew that there would be an outcry over the public servants pay rise so she gave with one hand and didn’t really take it away with the other hand, just put it on “hold” for a while and so still get public service votes from it.
Isn’t time Australians held China responsible for the economic ruin, the death of thousands of lives, the mass unemployment not to mention the social disruption that has destroyed the very fabric of western society??
It IS time to boycott anything that is “Made In China” from arthritis creams, band aids to Zips and underpants. Buy “Made In Australian”.
Could a MM artistic reader design a sticker with these words:
Boycott “Made In China” buy only “Made In Australian” ??
People wonder why we are in this mess but when you come to think of it we made our bed and now we must lie in it. Manufacturing people would never have fled our shores with their businesses had the cost of manufacture here been reasonable along with rates of taxation so we are in a mess of our own making and China has us by the clackers and will continue to do so whether we like it or not. The way out of the mess is beyond the thinking capacity of this old bloke but one must exist because long ago an old French Concorde training captain for AF ( I didn’t fly Concords but other swift steeds) said to me, “there are no problems, only solutions. Our political class do not have those solutions for the problems they, and mostly only they, have caused. May Christ help us for these bastards won’t, they can’t.
Bots, you’re absolutely correct, but if ever some semblance of industry is re-established here in Oz again, it will be interesting to see the role that will be played by the union movement in ‘protecting’ those new jobs to ensure they remain in Australia.
I’m wondering if I should or should not include a “/sarc” after that comment.
Here’s a question out of left field: does anyone know the current whereabouts of the Tamil family last heard of living at taxpayer expense on Christmas Island?
They were still there in February according to one paper I read but the paper wasn’t the Cairns Post or the North Queensland Register where I read it so it may not be true!
When cruise ship passengers were quarantined on Christmas Island I read about the Tamil Family still being detained there pending court appeals.
Refugee advocate lawyers are behind the delay in deportation.
The reason why the Howard Government’s Pacific Solution was first to require offshore processing of illegal immigrants was as one of the deterrents because UN HCR processing rules applied, if asylum was not granted the asylum seeker had one appeal only against that decision, and then deportation. Or if the again illegal immigrant had no passport and was unable to gain recognition by the country claimed as homeland the person was effectively stateless. A stateless person cannot be deported because no country will accept them, unless by a special government to government agreement is reached. So illegal immigrant, failed asylum seeker then stateless must remain in detention permanently, unless as many did the lost passport is found, usually supplied by a source in Australia where the passport was delivered before a people smuggler vessel was boarded.
Australia legal aid funded court appeals can take years to complete via each level of court.
A similar situation applies to the $ billions of projects Green groups are holding up for years via court appeals.
As I write, Macca received a call from “Wayne and Bev”, trapped aboard an infected cruise ship in the US after a Caribbean cruise.
A terrible situation – but Macca, why didn’t you ask Wayne the question damn near every one of your listeners wanted asked?
What date did you and the eighty other Australians on board join the cruise Wayne?
April 5, 2020 at 8:33 am · Reply
Australia’s net financial position has been strengthening and will continue to strengthen through the current circumstance because the country will continue to export raw materials but imports will decline as demand will be down.
This on the latest net financial position data at December 2019:
Australia’s net IIP liability position was $891.5b at 31 December 2019, a decrease of $83.4b on the revised 30 September 2019 position of $974.9b. Australia’s net foreign debt liability position decreased $20.9b to $1,143.5b. Australia’s net foreign equity asset position increased $62.6b to $252.1b at 31 December 2019.
So country actually reduced external debt by $83.4b in the last quarter of 2019.
More detail on this link:
Sovereign debt simply ends up as private savings providing the net international position is not deteriorating.
After the health crisis there will be increased propensity for individuals to save; ready for the next crisis. The government has to create money for private savings to increase. They are doing that right now.
Sovereign debt, in the sovereign’s currency, never has to be paid back. They control the interest rates and they could make them negative if they chose so the debt would then produce an income stream. Problem with negative interest is that individuals will be discouraged from having their wealth held as bank deposits.
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What were the people running Channel 7 thinking putting Kevin Rudd on as some sort of credible expert on the Corona virus on the programme they aired last night on the Ruby Princess debacle? That decision beggars description and for utter stupidity – robbing the ‘report’ of all credibility – is up there with the decision made (by will we ever know who) to release those 2700 passengers onto an unsuspecting world.
I am not a Royalist at all, but I thought The Queen’s Speech was good.
She’s going to be a hard act to follow.
You will all be thrilled to learn that people like us on sites like this as well as Sky News who have the temerity to question and criticise the media in relation to their reporting on covid-19 are just disgusting nitpickers.
This is what that former empty vessel politician Amanda Vanstone has to say in the Sydney Morning Herld as she tells us what wonderful people those in the MSM are. Vanstone obviously chooses to skip over the fake news, the outright scaremongering, dud information and the outright lies such as we see from the ABC and her home paper, the Sydney Morning Herald:
“In the media, for example, we can see those with wise heads, experience and substance. They make us see the petty nitpickers for what they are.”
You will all be thrilled to learn that people like us on sites like this, as well as Sky News, who have the temerity to question and criticise the media and its never ending line of “experts” in relation to their reporting on covid-19 are just disgusting nitpickers.
This is what that former empty vessel politician Amanda Vanstone has to say in the Sydney Morning Herald as she tells us what wonderful people those in the MSM and their guest speakers are. Vanstone obviously chooses to skip over the fake news, the outright scaremongering, dud information and the deliberate lies such as we see from the ABC and her home paper, the Sydney Morning Herald:
Petty nitpicker?. Not nearly good enough. According to Shaoquette Moselmane of Labor I,m “obsolete White scum” . Cool.
Deplorable too, I imagine. (LOL)
That Shaoquette Moselmane grub has stood down from his position, which he should not of had in the first place.
He should be not only be stood but PUT down like the treasonous mongrel dog that he is!!!!!!!!!
There is NO PLACE in Australian politics for anyone that says, much less thinks as he does!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is worth a watch Peta Credlin is interviewed by Chris Smith about herself.
There’s been talk about her going into politics and joining the Liberal Party.
Personally, I don’t think the Liberal Party Is Good enough for her anymore
If someone can come up with a board game entitled “government incompetence” to play in these worrying times they will be wealthier than Bill gates in no time at all.
“Coronavirus: Push to let COVID—19 infect us slowly” reports the Australian newspaper and a cynic, certainly not me, would think along the lines that they have made one of the largest stuff ups of all time and are trying to weasel their way out of it as is their wont when they bugger something up.
Bots: I have a suspicion you are right on the money.
Did I hear right, PHON votes in the Queensland Gold Coast bi-election only 8%?
Currumbin One Nation vote is 6.94% with 71.42% of the vote counted, and at Bundamba One Nation vote is 27.74% with 66.41% of the vote counted.
Bundamba is where One Nation poured a lot of resources in the hope to win the seat whilst recognising Currumbin was not a great chance. As it turned out, with the Chinese Wuhan Virus armageddon, the voters true to form stuck with a known rather than change as they usually do when there is a crisis afoot.
Come 31 October this year for the Queensland State elections, the story will be quite different come the Saturday evening counting of votes with a very real prospect of One Nation expected to be hauling in a number of seats within National Party territory.
Illegal and in defiance of the Australian Constitution so-called local government (councils) are set to give ratepayers a good kicking:
This is how news should be reported and not the wishy washy fear mongering we get from the lame street media.
There’s a great movie on youtube: Sun Valley Serenade: which stars the Real Glenn Miller and His Band, movie made in 1941
Here is a clip, but as I said, the whole Movie is on youtube.
Moonlight Serenade & I know Why
Try googling Utube and play –and the band played waltzing matilda– and think about our grandfathers and our fathers, and indeed ourselves, for we cannot allow a bunch of supposed bloody do gooders to ruin our lives and economy, we can’t for those poor bastards died on their feet and not on their knees so nor must we.
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Pulling out the raaaaacist card seems to have become the ‘weapon of FIRST resort’ for damn near all these people, doesn’t it?
I can’t help but think the real crisis will not occur until someone faces the sorry fact that someone is going to have to pay for all this. A weak, (but understandable for most) analogy might be splashing out on a really expensive holiday on the credit card and then having to find the funds to pay off the credit card after you get home.
Too many will see all these handouts as entitlements, and will not be happy when they are withdrawn. Nor will they be happy when other, longer standing entitlements will have to be curtailed.
In short, we’re all going to be like Britain after WW2 – broke, and quite possibly on an even bigger scale.
55 odd minutes long about the source of the virus and interesting until it turns into a propaganda lecture on communism we are already aware of.
Worth a read:
In Victoria, the legislation states that those fines can only be imposed by the health officer. NOT the communist Vic police gangsters.
They tried to kill us ! Next virus may well do so ! Don’t buy Chinese made and let the Chinese people deal with the CCP.
Most definitely, I am in the wrong business. This one slipping under the radar whilst everyone has a good panic about the Chinese Wuhan Virus, the bio-warfare weapon from Wuhan, China.
$300 Million plus $444 million plus all the other ongoing funding from government for a problem which, as exposed by Professor Ridd, does not exist.
We are had in a major way.
Saw that one PP and it proves just how stupid these bastards are.
Rejected by the Australian in a flash! The PM is pushing for a tracking app on our mobiles and wants this so called “national” cabinet to be a fixture and if the people go along with it, and they probably will, they will be voluntarily advocating a police state.
OK, so we have a national cabinet making the decisions that are the responsibility federal parliament so is the federal parliament going to be disbanded and this national cabinet, the one that has different rules in different States proving just how “national” it is going to hold sway and make or break rules depending on the day or how they feel? A mobile telephone application to monitor ones movements is just an ankle bracelet worn a bit higher than ones ankles when you come to think of it. No thanks Mr. Morrison, no thanks mate, read Solzhenitsyn or better still, go and spend some time in his country and ask questions of those who remember.
Clever people would just leave their phones at home if they went out so this app is presumably aimed at the millennial crowd as they are the ones that are welded to the their phones 24/7 and are also the greatest spreaders of Winnie the Pooh Flu.
Heh heh! “winnie-the-pooh flu”
Ah well, I am jack of my so called smart phone which is actually quite dumb, so I think I will be placing it into the rubbish bin and get an el cheapo mobile phone with no do-dads at all, after all, I only need a phone to make very few calls and the occasional text to the missus.
Google can track us all the time and one suspects that probably the cops can via Google, and we had one on our teenager grand daughters phone when she used to do face painting at kids birthday parties so we knew where she was. My argument is that once we give our permission for the government to track us during this hiatus is that they will do it all the time and gradually we will come to accept it and lots of other stuff as a matter of course. I have asked a few people if they would accept the government using this method and most of them have agreed, but when I asked the same people if they would accept wearing an ankle bracelet they said “no.” The object of the exercise is exactly the same, to track you by electronic means, the ankle bracelet is legal, and so far the other is not.
Unbloodybelievable how the court endeavors to thwart the will of the majority.
Refugee advocate lawyers are pushing the case through the courts.
I wonder if legal aid is being provided? One major reason for offshore processing listed with Pacific Solution and now Operation Sovereign Borders is to bypass Australian courts and multiple appeals.
According to the attached news report about the Chinese Wuhan Virus, Sweden decided not to have a lock-down as compared to Norway and Finland who did.
Norway and Finland, the fatality rate is 2.2 per cent and in Sweden it is 10.6 per cent, nearly five times higher which suggests our government is doing the right thing by us in this regard.
Now this is interesting. Tripped over it in Catallaxy Files.
It seems that perhaps an economy-destoying lockdown may not be necessary after all, just sensible physical distancing and personal hygiene.
This petition to the Queensland Government is for Queenslanders and worth signing.
Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that Australia faces a hard reset of our economy and urgent steps must be taken to ensure the viability of jobs and to encourage a resurge in manufacturing and industry. Queenslanders have been left irresponsibly exposed by successive governments through irresponsible policy of spending that has ballooned debt to unprecedented levels. The Queensland Government must stop suppressing farmers and business with unnecessary high electricity, water and rate charges and:
reduce state taxes and fees;
eliminate government ‘red tape’;
support local manufacturing that provides essentials;
scrap wasteful expenditure, (example: 2032 Brisbane Olympics bid);
stop paying external consultants;
scrutinise Queensland’s bloated Non-Governmental Organisations’ sector;
freeze state sector wages excluding frontline staff;
redirect community work programs to fill labour shortages on farms;
scrap international, United Nations aid programs;
ban all foreign investment land purchases;
return transparent and accountable government;
increase public safety and penalties for youth crime and looters;
replace Queensland’s focus on public sector jobs with trade-based apprenticeships;
apply a ‘Use-It or Lose-It’ policy of 12 months on approved mining applications;
amend vegetation management laws to restore Queensland primary producers rights and viability;
encourage people to buy local and reduce waste;
drop destructive Greens ideology.
Public money must be diverted towards making Queensland more self-sufficient and build dams and base load power stations, including the Burdekin hydro.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to ensure the government implement the requests made to ensure Queensland prospers and provides a long-term stable future for its people.
To give you all some idea of how old I am, back when I went to school, one English skill they taught was précis.
Do they do they now?
To précis the petition above in ten words: “Queensland Government, we demand you be everything you are not.”
Cliff: Quite so.
Yr lucky Cliff, never had much of an education, just signed it myself, also for MIL Mk 1 and missus Mk 1 and two Labor blokes to save them the trouble. We have to help each other out in these straightened times.
I’ll make a wild guess here and suggest that I am not the only one whose inbox is suddenly awash with ‘funny’ emails mocking Donald Trump. I’ll extend that guess to suggest that this is not happenstance but likely to be a quite effective campaign strategy by the US Democrats for the upcoming US presidents election.
While I am first to admit that Trump leaves himself wide open to much criticism, some of these ‘funnies’ stretch the truth of what he actually did it said so incredibly far that they lose all credibility.
But not, it would seem, to the many out there who seem willing to fall over themselves to believe the very worst of the man at every opportunity.
You know, this forced isolation does have some advantages. At the present time my car is getting just over a week to the litre.
The website stopturnbull that was archived has again disappeared.
But I found this while searching;
Found stopturnbull again …
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the R.S.L.,
Telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his mates;
They were heroes, every one.
And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbours
His tales became a joke,
All his mates listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Jack has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Digger died today.
He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Digger died today.
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
The Media tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Digger
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some smoothie who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
The politician’s stipend
And the style in which they live,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that they give.
While the ordinary Digger,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?
Or would you want a Digger
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Digger,
Who would fight until the end?
He was just a common Digger,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Digger’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honour
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A DIGGER DIED TODAY.”
I know that of which this excellent and moving poem speaks.
Like my father before me, I joined up in my late teens and soon after was sent away to do my bit during the Vietnam war. Myself and a couple of hundred others never received any recognition for our part in that conflict and in fact those lousy bastard politicians, along with a compliant military command, denied our particular service. I was told by one of my various CO’s that I had dreampt the whole thing.
It took the 30 year time limit on the release of pertinent documents that forced the government to disclose those records that proved our claims. Following the ensuing disclosure they, without any shame at all, reluctantly recognised our active service and like the poem says, issued us with medals and equally reluctantly made us eligible for a pension that was worth not much more than a politician’s weekly booze bill.
Is it any wonder that few, if any, of us have any time for politicians past of present?
Thanks Geoff and Albert, reminds me to get a bottle of Bundy OP for I drank the last lot as a snake bite preventative. The ex Ruski missus has the rolled oats ready for ANZAC biscuits as she makes a goodly batch each year. Had one of those oval framed photos about two feet tall of one of the family light horsemen all done up in uniform, Emu feathers and all, but the cockroaches ate most of it when I had it stored away for the years I was overseas. I have a cuppa, a biscuit and a good nip of OP each ANZAC day as the sun rises, the best thing I can do in their memory, poor bastards. They would be ashamed of this current Australia. Our fault really, we have allowed it to happen.
Albert how did this happen? I too joined up in my late teens and spent the entire year of 1969 in South Vietnam. But it was recognised.
It is a fairly long and complex story PW and I have toyed with the idea of writing the story up and posting it here on MM. I still have the letter from Defence that came with the issue of my Active Service and Australia Service medals dated 19th December 2002 along with the letter that came with the issue of the Vietnam Logistic and Support medal dated 28 November 2013 (some 48 years after my active service in 1965).
Have they ever offered any reasons for this?
I’d go them Albert, that must have been mentally debilitating to say the least.
Very disappointed to see presenter Peter Gleeson on Sky News Australia last night promoting the governments tracking app. He was urging everyone to install it telling anyone who was interested how safe it was to install it because the government promises it won’t be used for any nefarious purposes.
I’m afraid that I don’t have the trust in the government that Gleeson apparently has. No tracking app for this little black duck.
-Virgin Atlantic fires more than 3000 people including 600 PNT
-Finnair returns 12 planes and lays off 2,400 people
-You makes 22 planes and fires 4,100 people
– Ryanair grounds 113 planes and gets rid of 900 PNT contractors for the moment, 450 more in the coming months
– Norwegian completely stops its long-haul activity !!! The 787 are returned to the lessors
– SAS deletes 14 planes and licenses 520 PNTThe Scandinavian states are studying a plan to liquidate Norwegian and SAS to rebuild a new company from their ashes- Ethiad cancels 18 orders for A350, groundes10 A380 and 10 Boeing 787, so far 720 redundancies
– Emirate grounds 38 A380, cancels all orders for Boeing 777x (150 aircraft, the largest order for this type). They “invite” all employees over 56 to retire
– Wizzair returns 32 A320s and lays off 1,200 people, including 200 PNTs, another wave plans 430 layoffs in the coming months. Remaining employees will see their wages reduced by 30%
– IAG: abandons the takeover of Air Europa (and will pay 40 million compensation for that), they are considering the closure of Level France. Iberia: 56 ground planes, British Airways 34 ground planes. Everyone over 58 at IAG should be retired
– Luxair reduces its fleet by 50% (and associated redundancies)
– CSA abolishes its long-haul sector and keeps only 5 medium-haul aircraft
– Eurowings in bankruptcy
– Brussels Airline reduces its fleet by 50% (and associated redundancies)
– Luftansa plans to ground 72 aircraft (in two installments)
– Hop is studying the possibility of reducing fleet and staff by 50%
Currently 60 new aircraft stored at Airbus with no buyer in sight (order cancellations) including 18 A350s
In September, they predict a minimum of 8,000 ground planes. With an average of 5.8 crews per plane (medium and long haul combined), that makes more than 90,000 unemployed pilots worldwide. I’ll let you do the calculations for the cabin crew.
Meg Lees had diesel prices rise dramatically to get the GST over the line.
Why have these prices remained unaffected?
Where is the diesel reductions, after all its the owners refining the diesel through new engines and its cheaper to refine.
The following is an article I wrote for these pages some four years ago. It is well worth a reread as it points directly to the fact that nothing has changed but for the truth that the situation is becoming even worse.
The Qld. chief medical lady, Jeanette Young, banned a planned flyover of Brisbane by four aeroplanes to mark ANZAC. She isn’t in any position to ban any bloody thing to do with aviation. I cut and pasted this out of an article on it. Early on I heard the growl of a Merlin engine and a Mustang flew past so at least someone was giving her the finger.She said it was her decision, not Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s, to grant funeral exemptions and prevent the Anzac Day flyover.
Dr Young said while the flyover was not health risk, it set a dangerous precedent.
“There is no health risk for someone getting in a plane – of course there isn’t. But the health risk is that if one person does that then someone else will say, ‘Well, maybe there is no health risk for some other things’,” she said.
Seems a certain Chief Medical Officer has gone berserk with power, as has Puzzleduck. This ‘lockdown’ is exposing the worst of the government underlings and certain pollies, whilst this behavior is a significant contributor to the loss of confidence in those upon whom we have placed our trust in such times.
Commonsense, as usual, despite not being permitted to fly, has clearly, flown out the window with this mob.
PP, I also saw another stupid comment that she made, to the effect that observers on the ground, would break the ‘social distancing’ requirements by looking up, and getting too close to others. That is the idiotic extent that the QLD government has gone. As you said: ‘.. berserk with power.’
Of course we were right, wind and solar are useless for lowering emissions even if that was needed.
And they are wealth creation opportunities for merchant bankers, other high wealth individuals, related business supply and install enterprises, etc.
Far left US journalist-activist Michael Moore has now realised the truth;
So presumably the epithet “Deniers” will be dropped?
It was a term of derision directed towards those that questioned the science of AGW & Climate Change
I cannot believe that this is a news item. Anything to ‘boost’ the ratings of the fool, Stefanovic. For that MORON to claim PTSD following his marriage breakdown, is an affront to the genuine suffers, who actually went through traumatic situations, and endure the condition quietly, without fanfare. Absolute loser.
The Premier of Queensland, Puzzleduck is really a piece of work. She is shown in this video being ‘injected’ with FluVac, something not available out here at this time, not that I will participate in having myself injected in any case, with poisons to further pharmaceutical profits.
Viewing this video clearly shows the contempt Puzzleduck has for us all, as I noted, the ‘nurse’ is not wearing a face mask, (nor does the Premier) does not wear gloves, does not apply alcohol to the target spot, does not remove the cap off the end of the needle, nor depresses the syringe plunger in this staged ‘event’.
What a disgusting fake!
No wonder I believe most politicians are full of ‘it’, ‘it’ being bullshit.
PP They should “Beware the fury of a patient man.”
Bots: I must admit, I am bloody cranky at the bastards both in Queensland and Federally.
I cannot understand what the object of the exercise is no matter how hard I try. It is as if the environmentalists have had their wildest dreams come true, countries shut down, all of us drowning in a sea of oil (remember the oil crisis in the 70’s) and the economies of most nations buggered, politicians making Hitler and Stalin look like pussycats ( my Ruski born wife stating, “welcome to the gulag”) with laws dreamt up on the fly, unelected doctors who probably couldn’t make it in the real World, are bureaucrats and calling the shots, and this virus basically only kills old folk or those with underlying medical conditions. 91 dead in Australia, the economy shut down or nearly so, hundreds of thousands out of work and oldies like me who were or nearly were, self funded, are going to have to go cap in hand and apply for a pension, an exercise that will take months. If you use logic and look at most of these stupid decisions you can pick holes in them big enough to drive a combine harvester through. Argument isn’t any good for we cannot prove that there isn’t a paradise, one equipped with 72 virgins a head, just as a moslem can’t prove that there is one. So much for a bloody democracy.
Bots: You are right in what you say.
I reckon we are not being told the whole story, perhaps there is something exceptionally sinister about this Chinese Wuhan bio-weapon virus which the powers that be, wish to keep from us to prevent an all out panic.
Otherwise, what the bloody hell is all this bloody lockdown and deliberate destruction of our economy about?
Dunno PP I thought at first when Morrison and the treasurer started on this that they were using it as an excuse for not having a budget surplus and it snowballed from there, especially when the panic merchants in other countries got the ball rolling. I have no doubt that a great many Italians etc. died because they live in each others pockets, most smoke like chimneys, and most of them if not all had underlying illnesses as most of the deaths in other countries have shown. Get it right out of your head that Morrison and all the other politicians care for old folk and worry about protecting them, that’s bullshit for we only have to look at the way the various governments have treated pensioners over the years, treated them with complete and utter bloody disdain, and as for nursing homes, we know about them and how governments have allowed them to get away with murder, and it is murder. I think that they have lost control, an example being in that Murphy doctor bloke seems to be using Morrison as a puppet, and that Jeanette doctor Sheila here in Qld. stopping a flyover on ANZAC day the details I know about, and the aviation community here isn’t impressed. I just think that they are incompetent and only the passage of time will reveal that.
Bots: Quoting you. “I just think that they are incompetent and only the passage of time will reveal that.”
No need for a passage of time to reveal the incompetence, as I have not doubt the useless bastards are 100% incompetent. This mob, both federal and state, are running around like a chook freshly relieved of its head.
The Michael Moore movie (Planet of the Humans) at around the 47 minute mark, shows a graph of the rate of increase in the human population. It’s quite … arresting? Tied in with the current Corona Virus business, (I assume the movie was made beforehand), it makes you wonder if there aren’t all sorts of extra dimensions involved in this current madness.
Chinese are real charmers, aren’t they:
Chinese company linked to Forrest says birth defects ‘a disgrace’
Controversy The president of the Chinese company which supplied COVID-19 test kits to billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest’s charity has previously declared his staff are forbidden to have children with birth defects because it would be a ‘disgrace’.
This is cut and pasted from an email Coles sent me so rest assured that it is only a matter of time before it becomes compulsory “compulsory” and not voluntarily “compulsory” and a condition of entry into any Coles outlet.
We encourage you to download the COVIDSafe app
Coles is encouraging all customers and team members to download the Health Department’s COVIDSafe app. The app is only designed to alert users if they have had close contact (15 minutes or more within 1.5 metres) with another person who tests positive for COVID-19.
We have now completed more than 100 million customer transactions since the outbreak of COVID-19 and whilst Supermarkets adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidelines are considered low risk, we believe the app will provide an even safer environment by allowing any potential exposure situations to be identified and managed as quickly as possible. You can read more about the app here. I have downloaded it and it’s quick and easy!
Ah well Bots, this saves a 400km plus drive to Coles for me, they are now off my go-to list.
Those plexiglass screens are useless. this virus has been found in the ocean, in sewage treatment plants, in outer space, in the ice on the poles, even in the holiest of sanctuaries, the churches. Not only that, one “scientist” has stated that this virus can travel up to 27 feet before dying. Wonder how he worked that out. Soon we will see a YT video showing this viral particle traveling 26.7 feet to infect another human being before it dies. CV has yet to make an appearance at the space station, but only a matter of time before a CNN reporter makes up an article for that. Yes folks we now have the Supervirus in 64 million colours.
luk: Nicely summed up LOL. 😉
At 1730 (Monday) I got a text on my ‘phone from the government urging me to download the app, something I have no intention of doing that, but it strikes me as strange for I have never given the govt. my ‘phone number and in fact one wonders how did they know that I haven’t downloaded the f…..g app and then one wonders about just how much they know about us illegally. Thank goodness Woolies or Coles aren’t running the show for they know everything about us down to the “white” tea bags I bought a few weeks ago and an email to hand informed me that the price of a pack had dropped by fifty cents.
Same here Bots, got the ‘invitation’ to download the App yesterday at 14:51 hours. Deleted immediately.
Consider how it will be once we are forced away from using cash for transactions and card only to be used. That, with the phone app, and we are truly screwed regarding our privacy.
Even now, the government knows more about me than I do myself, then to have commercial outlets tracking what you purchase can only end in tears as an employee could on-sell your information for profit, then you will be inundated with crap hour in, hour out.
Think what happened when Telstra moved their call centre to India, staff there collected our personal information and on-sold it for profit to the Dark Web, and even today, I cop heaps of spam about all sorts of crap of which I have no interest, thankfully, my spam filter works pretty well for my email.
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