Open Thread – Tues 23 May 2023


Harbour of Trieste, Egon Schiele, 1907

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rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 7:53 am

Wilcannia?

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 7:54 am

And that thirty billion is what’s earmarked for indigenous causes. There will be a small mountain of other funding earmarked for remote services (medical and otherwise) already in the budget.

Where the hell is it all going?

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 7:55 am

That was my first thought, rosie. Top spot.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 7:56 am

Wally did you read my kangaroo grass and yabby article?
A WA aboriginal aquaculture enterprise gets a mention.

shatterzzz
May 26, 2023 7:59 am

I noticed a lot of media whinge-ing about Israel Folau being selected in the World XV side but one thing that puzzles me is the “sounds of silence” from these same outlets when it comes to “wacism” in coaching footie teams ..
There are NO “blek” coaches in either ra ra or thugby .. !

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 8:01 am

What I would like to see, rather than opaque Inc bodies getting massive government funding to start various business enterprises, individual Aboriginal people starting and running businesses.
I have a feeling that the Incs, off the bat, are not a good model, it’s just more communism, it either fails or Napoleons reaps all the benefits.

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 8:02 am

If it is Wilcannia, you are midway between Cobar and Broken Hill, a couple of hours drive either way.

Not buying the “remote” and shameful stuff. If I have to see a specialist, I have to drive down to Newcastle or Sydney. One hour or two and a half depending. No shame in that.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 8:03 am

Driving time to Dubbo isn’t far off either.

bons
bons
May 26, 2023 8:05 am

Mark Knight on Dan!
Genius level impact that will never be bested.
Goes around, comes around in the Labor compost heap.
In spite of his genius statement, nothing can change in Victoria – it’s over as a western political entity. Even Joan would blush.

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 8:07 am

rosie says:
May 26, 2023 at 8:01 am
What I would like to see, rather than opaque Inc bodies getting massive government funding to start various business enterprises, individual Aboriginal people starting and running businesses.
I have a feeling that the Incs, off the bat, are not a good model, it’s just more communism, it either fails or Napoleons reaps all the benefits.

Rosie, those are no longer possible due to the culture of everyone owning everything. The proprietors would have family descend on them expecting handouts that would cripple the venture from the start. Theirs is a locust culture that cannot prosper.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 8:08 am

Multiple investigations launched into alleged scams on major projects
Insiders have lifted the lid on “ghost shifts” and other alleged scams on the Andrews government’s Big Build projects.

Herald Sun paywalled

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 26, 2023 8:13 am

Crossie

Rosie, those are no longer possible due to the culture of everyone owning everything. The proprietors would have family descend on them expecting handouts that would cripple the venture from the start. Theirs is a locust culture that cannot prosper.

More of that “beautiful culture” that the InVoice promises to share with the rest of us?

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 8:15 am

Theirs is a locust culture that cannot prosper.

Not just the indigenous, Crossie. Our entire economy is infested with parasites.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 8:18 am

I can think of a couple of Aboriginal entrepreneurs who appear to have divested from support everyone culture.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 8:23 am

I can think of a couple of Aboriginal entrepreneurs who appear to have divested from support everyone culture.

If they’re paying taxes, they’re supporting everyone regardless.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 8:23 am

Hahaha!

Climate Activist Scientists Get all Verklempt Their Echo Chamber No Longer Exists on Twitter, Throw Tantrums and Leave (24 May)

Researchers have documented an explosion of hate and misinformation on Twitter since the Tesla billionaire took over in October 2022 — and now experts say communicating about climate science on the social network on which many of them rely is getting harder.

Policies aimed at curbing the deadly effects of climate change are accelerating, prompting a rise in what experts identify as organised resistance by opponents of climate reform.

That would be the half of the population which was previously censored for pointing out nothing much is happening climate wise, certainly nothing unusual. Perhaps these supposed scientists are afraid they’ll lose their well paid jerbs?

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 8:23 am

You know I have a young friend who has quite a bit more Aboriginal heritage than a certain Victorian One Nation man.
He just lives his life being the best person he can be.
No whine, no victim, no always was always will be.

flyingduk
flyingduk
May 26, 2023 8:24 am

In situations like this, all the body cam footage should be released promptly.
Enough of this gate keeping of information.

Before the video gets ‘lost’.

FWIW, I learned as an intern that demented old people could swing a punch and run naked around the ward at 4am with the best of them. We used to have a couple of orderlies advance on them with a blanket and wrap them up to gain control.

bons
bons
May 26, 2023 8:25 am

Harking back to the destruction of architectural/cultural icons, Joh’s desecration of Cloudland still infuriates QLDanders of a certain age.
Sure, it was hell as a State exams centre, but half of QLD’s population can attribute their existence to romances initiated and prosecuted at Cloudland.
Perhaps it’s loss partially explains how perversions have come to substitute for romance in modern Brisbane.
For Joh, romance and dancing were concepts well beyond his understanding. Why engage in activities that don’t involve profit . Bulldozers make more reliable life partners.

mem
mem
May 26, 2023 8:27 am

bonssays:
May 26, 2023 at 8:05 am
Mark Knight on Dan!

I wonder how many people today recognize Joan Kirner, when you consider half the population wasn’t even born when the Kirner government went down. Panic had set in and typically the Labor Ministers thought they could spend their way out and all these crazy schemes were launched which came to a screaming halt.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 8:27 am

If they’re paying taxes, they’re supporting everyone regardless.

Just like regular Australians then, except regular Australians didn’t get the advantage that accrues from government requirements that Aboriginal controlled entities must receive x percentage of certain contracts.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 26, 2023 8:27 am

Government provision of more aircraft for the RFDS to make immediate medical attention available to all needy people in remote areas, not just aborigines, with more doctors funded to fly too, would be a very good way to spend the money the voice referendum will eat up. Let alone the money the voice will then demand to provide more Toyotas for Aboriginal Big Men who must be heard and special offices and resources for the big noting members of that very comfortable Canberra voice and all of the hangers on there.

Also, Dr. Shame should try working in some of the clinics around our squalid public housing urban high rise and suburban estates. Lots of poor people there have ill health, with rip off clinics sending them away with recommendations for Panadol without any adequate diagnosis. It’s a fight to get into a public hospital in the city, not just a long travel for needy country folk to get in. There’s no small local hospital to ‘hold’ and care for the desperates in the city. Even if admitted, 24 hours later they often are sent home without care or back onto the streets.

I wonder why in Dr. Shame’s small town there is no local willing to step in and drive the patient to Dubbo? Is River Town one of these aboriginal sink holes where no-one cares about their neighbour?

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 8:31 am

But what about the flying doctors? People are always asking me that, like there is a squadron of doctors flying around Australia treating rural patients. In fact, they can only come if there are planes available.

This is some more from the doctor at River Town. I would like to echo Calli’s question, where are the $30 billion per year? What are they spent on? Why can’t this money be used to buy a whole fleet of planes and provide for pilots’ salaries? Could it be because there are too many fingers of professional city aborigines in the pie?

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
May 26, 2023 8:33 am

Nelson Mandela’s fan club went to great lengths to deny the fact that he’d been on the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party….

Trying to catch-up on the Cat-wisdom and otherwise — in 2002 my dear HSC-prepping son was doing his major history project on terrorism and the use thereof as a political tool — I read his work and my comment was –“you’ve left out Nelson Mandela” he was totally shocked — I said I don’t know what your sources are but go back and research this aspect of the sainted Nelson Mandela — he was genuinely shocked.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
May 26, 2023 8:35 am

he was genuinely shocked.

. to his credit he did include this information about St Nelson Mandela in his major work

bons
bons
May 26, 2023 8:36 am

Dutton will “engage constructively” with the Govt on gas tax.
Just go away Tony Dutton.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 8:37 am

Harking back to the destruction of architectural/cultural icons, Joh’s desecration of Cloudland still infuriates QLDanders of a certain age.

The bouncing floor!

duncanm
duncanm
May 26, 2023 8:37 am

Indolentsays:
May 25, 2023 at 8:01 pm
Astonishing rise in atrial fibrillation says BHF

ABS Mortality Statistics, Jan23

Deaths due to other cardiac conditions were 18.2% above the baseline average in January 2023 but 1.4% below January 2022.

mem
mem
May 26, 2023 8:39 am

Just like regular Australians then, except regular Australians didn’t get the advantage that accrues from government requirements that Aboriginal controlled entities must receive x percentage of certain contracts.

Yes and there is a lot of fudge about what is an indigenous company. All you need is a couple of “identifyers” on the Board to gain privilege. That’s how Dan’s dodgy security company got waived through. I’m sure there’s a business out there loaning out “board ” members that may or may not turn up of contribute anything other than “legitimacy” and privilege in gaining contracts. I’ve heard that it is an appealing role for certain ex footballers.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 8:39 am

Dutton will “engage constructively” with the Govt on gas tax.

Someone remind him he’s meant to be Opposition leader, not the midwife to Labor’s ill-conceived policies.

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 8:41 am

I wonder why in Dr. Shame’s small town there is no local willing to step in and drive the patient to Dubbo? Is River Town one of these aboriginal sink holes where no-one cares about their neighbour?

Altruism is obviously a white colonial thing.

Gabor
Gabor
May 26, 2023 8:41 am

Crossie says:
May 26, 2023 at 8:31 am

This is some more from the doctor at River Town. I would like to echo Calli’s question, where are the $30 billion per year? What are they spent on? Why can’t this money be used to buy a whole fleet of planes and provide for pilots’ salaries? Could it be because there are too many fingers of professional city aborigines in the pie?

Crossie, it has often been suggested, that giving every aboriginal who is entitled to welfare, twice the avg. Aust. wage and do away with every aboriginal agency, state and federal, would leave the treasury way ahead budget wise.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 8:43 am

I’m sure there’s a business out there loaning out “board ” members that may or may not turn up of contribute anything other than “legitimacy” and privilege in gaining contracts. I’ve heard that it is an appealing role for certain ex footballers.

No, Adam Goodes really is an expert in defence materiel. Seriously.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 8:43 am

Knight’s Mother Russia. Plus ca change

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 26, 2023 8:47 am

Some, not all, of the seemingly hopeless unemployable cases who end up in squalid public housing in our cities are suffering either a mental illness or are mildly autistic, self-medicating on alcohol and drugs – the sort who are now being assisted through early childhood intervention to a better outcome (we hope) on the NDIS. In past generations stable families could help out with accommodation in a back shed and some low-level work of the sort that has disappeared now, for their mildly ‘retarded’, or ‘acting funny’ mentally ill or ‘no hoper’ autistic kids. Family disintegration and economic change have knocked that solution on the head now and any self-help to mental stability is discouraged by a widespread culture of ‘victim’ complaint.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 26, 2023 8:48 am

The solution is, as ever, in encouraging the formation of strong, responsible, self-reliant families. It will happen eventually, probably less by any positive steps of governmental encouragement and more as a reaction to the obvious breakdown of all social supports so that survival will be in only the fittest families. As has happened throughout history during times of turmoil and loss. That won’t happen though before the ruined lives multiply and many more die. We’re already seeing the rise of widespread feral behaviour and juvenile gangs which is just one step on the way. In many countries, not just ours.

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 8:49 am

It isn’t just the RFDS either. There is also the Missionary Aviation Fellowship, who fly into remote areas and are funded primarily by donations.

It may not be a shortage of planes, just a shortage of brains and the will and desire to do the work. It may well be that the last few generations of doctors and nurses are very short on altruism and very big on gaining both money and position.

This is what happens when government takes the place of philanthropy. The “givers” decide…why bother? Pay taxes and leave someone else to do the work.

duncanm
duncanm
May 26, 2023 8:51 am

Boriquagato has an interesting anecdote on the Korean US Beef ban – with some involvement from Australia – and manipulating social movements.

https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/idea-farm

( the dates don’t seem to line up).

flyingduk
flyingduk
May 26, 2023 8:52 am

But what about the flying doctors? People are always asking me that, like there is a squadron of doctors flying around Australia treating rural patients. In fact, they can only come if there are planes available.

I worked in ‘Retrieval’ for decades, and the RFDS was our fixed wing aircraft provider for most of that. They are *extremely* busy all the time. Their PC12 s and King Airs fly pretty much 24/7, often doing yesterdays transfers at 4 am when their pilots and med crew should really be sleeping, not playing catchup.

The real problem is not the lack of transport, the real problem is the catastrophic decline in population health (due mainly to unhealthy foods pushed on us by big industry and captured regulators – sound familiar?), and our ongoing assumption that we can ‘fix’ decades of poor life choices by shipping a 180kg diabetic off to a tertiary centre every time they get an acute exaccerbation of their multiple co-morbidities.

We cant, we cant afford it, we never could, its all been paid for by decades of debt and artificially low interest rates. Even if we could afford it, the problems aren’t fixable. The public health system is broken because the public themselves are broken…

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 8:53 am

Last gripe for the morning. The NDIS has now become the go-to for a vast coterie of moochers who want to circumvent the more onerous form-filling of Centrelink. Once in, you’re set.

No wonder this “service” is being gamed. Manna from heaven.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 8:53 am

The proprietors would have family descend on them expecting handouts that would cripple the venture from the start.

It’s called “Humbugging” for a very good reason.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 8:54 am

The solution is, as ever, in encouraging the formation of strong, responsible, self-reliant families. It will happen eventually, probably less by any positive steps of governmental encouragement and more as a reaction to the obvious breakdown of all social supports so that survival will be in only the fittest families.

Even the fittest of families is up against the bureaucratic Leviathan of government that seeks to intrude into every aspect of life.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 8:58 am

I wonder how many people today recognize Joan Kirner, when you consider half the population wasn’t even born when the Kirner government went down

For reference, I’m 55 and was 2 years out of Uni when Cain, Kirner and Keating blew up Victoriastan the last time. It was ugly. Pyramid had flattened Geelong and a heap of towers not even 1/3 built with the mortgagee. Westpac went close to going under.

Tom
Tom
May 26, 2023 8:58 am

Anchor What, your 6.59am link on the rigged 2020 Arizona election doesn’t work. I’d love to read it!

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 9:03 am

due mainly to unhealthy foods pushed on us by big industry

Yes yes it’s always someone else’s fault.
I was reading an article about Wilcannia, average life expectancy is 37 for men and 42 for women.
That’s about half the national average, which suggests to me most people aren’t crowding doctors surgeries with chronic lifestyle caused health conditions.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 9:04 am

Tom – Here you go.

Why Kari Lake Couldn’t Close the Deal (25 May)
By Jay Valentine

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 9:09 am

calli says:
May 26, 2023 at 8:49 am
It isn’t just the RFDS either. There is also the Missionary Aviation Fellowship, who fly into remote areas and are funded primarily by donations.

Every time I get an email from RFDS reminding me to donate again I am enraged that our government is not supporting them as an essential service. This is the same government that is wasting billions and billions on subsidising billionaires who squawk about renewables.

Indolent
Indolent
May 26, 2023 9:09 am

Andrew Bridgen asks a cracker of a question about the proposed speech control bill (there’s no other name for it).

Business of the House, 25 May 2023

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2023 9:10 am

Fun fact.
Thermal coal prices are now down approx. 55% from where they were 12 months ago.
So of course electrickery bills have dropped by a similar amount.

@sarc

Tom
Tom
May 26, 2023 9:10 am

Thanks, BoN.

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 9:13 am

The way I see it, everyone has an interest in the RFDS being fully funded, equipped and staffed and not just people in remote locations. Australians love to travel and can be found anywhere in remote areas at any time when accident happen or diseases occur and may need to be flown out.

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 9:16 am

There are some weird things pushed in industry, ultimately by government:

Low trans fat oils are “zero trans”, despite healthy roast meat being a lot higher in trans fat.
The US subsidises high fructose corn syrup through corn subsidies and ethanol subsidies over actual sugar. Fructose has a stronger effect on insulin etc than does sucrose (a glucose/fructose disaccharide).

However, the choice to make home cooked food over buying KFC is yours.

Jorge
Jorge
May 26, 2023 9:19 am

The detail in the Rivertown article I found shocking was that the joint is riddled with syphillis. Up to tertiary stage from a suspected origin back in the seventies. Perhaps it goes with drug use which has spread everywhere in the bush. Shearers, the last mob you’d expect it from, are into all sorts of things. Allegedly.

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 9:20 am

Shearers, the last mob you’d expect it from

Not really. No, you sir are an innocent.

Razey
Razey
May 26, 2023 9:22 am

This is the type of culture the overlords are imposing on us. Best not to deal with the Indian Hordes.

Why cheating comes naturally to Indians

https://www.dailyo.in/variety/scams-nirav-modi-rotomac-fodder-scam-pnb-22537

Razey
Razey
May 26, 2023 9:23 am

To learn to cheat in India is to learn how to survive. If you don’t, society will treat you as an imbecile who never grew up. Like the freelance writer.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2023 9:26 am

For those with an AFR subscription, Rear Window has a good column on EY double dealing in carbon credits.
Too hard to copy & paste from the AFR these days with all the embedded shit they stuff into long articles.

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 9:26 am

Razey

Are you actually a self hatin’ Eeendian?

Bushkid
Bushkid
May 26, 2023 9:26 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
May 25, 2023 at 9:23 pm
‘Worse than I saw in Africa’: the shocking state of health care in regional Australia

Sonia Henry is a GP in rural and regional Australia, who says city folk would be shocked by hospitals in which the only doctor is on a video screen, as the patients bleed in the waiting room.

THIS…. This inspires absolute rage in me.

The sanctimonious politicians, the likes of Marcia Langton, Albanese, the state premiers et al are all carrying on about how their voice thing and their treaties are going to change conditions for the indigenous, and all the while they utterly ignore the very real practical barriers that already exist for everyone outside the cities, but particularly for the indigenous about whom they profess to care so much.

They need to be smacked in the face with this reality. They need to drive – themselves – the 10 hours from their comfortable and well-serviced city to where there is no GP, little or no medical care, little (expensive) fresh food in the shops, but an abundance of welfare money and access to grog and/or drugs but few positive prospects.

They don’t even need to drive 10 hours. Here in central Queensland for example, there are no maternity services left even a “city” the size of Gladstone, let alone a country centre like Theodore and others. There used to be maternity services, but they’re all gone.

The money spent by governments at all levels needs a thorough forensic accounting (not just figure-fudging in budget reports), but especially that spent in the name of “health”. When increasing amounts are spent for diminishing results, there’s a problem.

Indolent
Indolent
May 26, 2023 9:27 am
Razey
Razey
May 26, 2023 9:28 am

National Sorry day.

Bow down to your Aboriginal Overlords.

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 26, 2023 9:28 am

Three kids (not far from Refern) seen leaving the building before it went up in flames.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2023 9:29 am

With reference to the Karli Lake column.

The problem is that leftists control the entire election apparatus in every swing state, and they have innumerable tools — like those just noted — to steal any election. The Kari Lake election showed that the leftists will use all of them when needed.

Replace leftists with the McCain machine.
His legacy is he married into a billionaire family that influences elections in Arizona as much as the Zuck bucks influenced elections in other states.

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 26, 2023 9:31 am

Sorry about (iPad !!!) linking fail.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 9:32 am

Bushkid @ 9:26am

Preach it!

And send it to Shannon Fentiman.

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 26, 2023 9:33 am

Sorry about (iPad !!!) linking fail.
Jay Valentine at American Thinker:
The Kari Lake election is equally a template for 2024 because Lake’s reaction is to take Arizona back by “chasing ballots.”

That is the same strategy President Trump is employing — he calls it ballot-harvesting, being a bit looser with vocabulary.

Leftists are jumping for joy as Lake and Trump take the bait — outperform the pros at ballot-harvesting, when they have a dozen other ways to steal an election. None of those ways is addressed by Lake or Trump. They do not even understand them.

How about real-time, or close to it, snapshots of state voter rolls — especially around election time — to stop 33,000 ZIP codes from being changed the week mail-in ballots are sent out, then changed back? Time series voter roll analysis exposes any change to a voter roll, which is later hidden when that change is reversed.

How about testing, real time, to stop 41,400 inactive voters from being changed to active, voted, then changed back again?

How about comparing the election rolls to the property tax rolls to make sure people residing in a vacant lot are flagged? In Arizona, it’s cool for someone to claim a street corner as his address — many thanks to years of RINO leadership. How does the guy living on the street corner get a mail-in ballot? It’s not as if there is mail delivery to that tent on the corner in Phoenix.

We’re not done.

What about the real-time access to state election systems to count cast ballots illegally given to leftist organizations so they know exactly how many ballots they need to win — by just a little?

What about tens of thousands of hidden secondary voter IDs, invisible to voters, electronically moved to counties where they are voted, then moved back? They didn’t vote; clever leftists took care of that civic duty for them.

How about the “contribution mules” making thousands of small donations, and when an intrepid reporter knocks on their door, they are amazed — since they didn’t make the donations? Anyone checking for that?

Does anyone think for a moment that “chasing ballots” with the Kari Lake Excellent Adventure team is going to stop leftists from tampering — successfully — with an election?

Or is it perhaps the only strategy to employ when you don’t know what else to do?

How does one take on election fraud when it has so many layers, so many manifestations, that one cannot figure out where to start? Sometimes any action is better than none — but do not confuse action with results.

Important elections in swing states are manipulated by elected officials.

Ballot-chasing won’t change anything — it will just keep the troops busy until the next loss, followed by endless litigation.

These election fraud techniques share two characteristics: each is invisible to current technology, and each can be visualized and likely thwarted with real-time, high-speed database analysis.

Republicans don’t embrace real time.

The RNC, the Trump Campaign, the Lake Campaign continue to fail with batch computer systems using 1970s technology.

Once that was an opinion. It is now fact, since our team offered the Arizona election integrity team real-time cross-searching of county voter rolls. They demurred — each of the seven times we offered. It was for free — we would do all the work; just give us the data.

After doing the expert witness report for the Lake Campaign, we saw that had real-time analysis been in place, for even a single county, Lake could have stopped the thousands of voter roll manipulations made days before the election. Lake would have surprised the leftists. The 17,000-vote difference was well within her reach — just not her grasp.

Instead, here we are. Lake losing court case after court case. Arizona likely lost for a decade or more.

Real-time visibility is disruptive. It disrupts the bad guys because they can no longer hide in latent, wildly inaccurate databases like those in Arizona. Everything they do, down to changing a comma, is immediately visible.

Real time is disruptive to the Trump and RNC data types with their 1970s SQL technology that could not possibly thwart these leftist tactics. They can’t implement real time because they don’t know how.

Real time is disruptive to the Republican election integrity types who hold seminars, gather donations, lose elections, file lawsuits, and gather more donations. They offer those same 1970s ancient technologies. It’s all they know.

Perhaps instead of trying to “out-ballot-harvest” the professionals, it might make sense to out-compute them, stop their fraud apparatus in flight — something some of us know something about.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 9:34 am

Low trust societies – which would include India and much of Asia have a hidden cost buried in everything they do. It is like riding a bike with underinflated tyres, everything looks alright but you are working much harder. There is a reason why ships are owned in Greece, registered in Liberia but disputes solved in London.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 9:35 am

Bow down to your Aboriginal Overlords.

One of the local kids was supposed to have asked “National Sorry Day? Is that when Aborigines say “Sorry” for beating us up after school, and stealing our bikes?”

Razey
Razey
May 26, 2023 9:36 am

Mad Albo is annihilating Australian workers

The war on workers is being conducted on five fronts. The first is in the labour market which is being swamped by cheap Third World workers, most obviously Indian. This is already crushing wages with growth falling away fast as jobless queues grow.

https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2023/05/mad-albo-is-annihilating-australian-workers/

Indolent
Indolent
May 26, 2023 9:38 am
Top Ender
Top Ender
May 26, 2023 9:38 am

Dr Shame’s article needs some placement in depth.

People who want to live well away from the capital and bigger regional centres in Australia make decisions (more on this later). They have decided to live in a place with minimal everything: health care, policing, education, and so on. Often they do that because they like the area, or it is a family farm they have decided to stay on, and so on.

If a health crisis arises that can’t be fixed by a local nurse then they have no choice but to get themselves to a better place. In the NT there is a saying “if in pain get on a plane”. Darwin is quite well served for health care, but if for example you need to see a neurosurgeon – well, there is one, and he is booked up month ahead. The family – or your wallet – steps in and you book flights and accommodation down south.

If however you live somewhere remote and don’t have the wherewithal or the family support to arrange this then you are in a world of hurt. “The government” in a huge country like Australia can only go so far.

Now you can go down the road of arguing that government should spend more wisely, and you won’t get an argument from me. But the cities need infrastructure too and there’s only so much that can be done.

So, to the elephant in the room – aboriginal health care. For some reason years back Australia made a decision to go with a system that said these people are best off in “Country”. With endless welfare there is now an expectation that government picks up everything. Well it won’t. Not only for the huge amount of money needed but because the dysfunction in these communities is poisoning the well. Nurses who are physically attacked tend to leave and not come back. Teachers whose houses are constantly broken into ditto. Police also – and the Rolfe case has made volunteers for such placing worse.

So in conclusion, unless you are in a family/self situation where you can cope, then living in the Outback is not viable, IF you want health care etc etc. The worst thing we did was condemn aboriginal Australia to live in these cultural aquariums. Humans in societies for millennia made decisions to go where the benefits of living in large groups were obvious. Those living in such places should pick up their stuff and walk.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 9:38 am

TIMOTHY
10 hours ago
Airbus happy to waste $2 billion on green hydrogen which everyone knows is a dud rather than buy 25 Flying Doctor planes for $250 million and train 100 doctors to man them for $100 million.

Hear, hear!

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 9:41 am

Low trust societies – which would include India and much of Asia have a hidden cost buried in everything they do.

Chuckle…I recently heard of an Australian business (can’t remember who atm) withdrawing from a foray into India, citing “the challenges of the local business culture” or some such euphemistic phrase.

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 9:43 am

Is this reality?
Why though?
The more I understand people, the more attractive drugs look.
The elites are so incurably corrupt and the masses are so incurably deluded that the best thing you can do is have a home in the country and enjoy good food, wine and company of friends and family.
Maybe time-wave zero is a thing.
Maybe the fundamentalist pre tribulation apocalyptic Christians are right.
If this counts as squad goals, I shudder at the thought of the personal and societal goals.
I AM NOT A NUMBER, I AM A BOVINE, FREE TO LACTATE AS I PLEASE WHILST ON THESE EXPENSIVE HORMONE THERAPIES!
Don’t have a cow, man!
This guy is a literal GOD in India.
Watch this one neat trick to trigger Big Dairy.
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Transgender ‘mother’ announces he took hormones to create milk-like substance from his nipples that he plans to feed to his baby

“I’ve actually already successfully induced lactation. Like, I can actually make milk now.”

——-

LOL! I just buy mine at the shop where Woolworths makes it.

I don’t buy into these flat earth, green cheese on the moon, “cattle” conspiracy theories.

Warwick
May 26, 2023 9:43 am

amortisersays:
May 25, 2023 at 9:14 pm
That would make the security guard a suspect as well. He confirms he was there when she was naked. There is no such confirmation that Lehrmann was.

I had to double check this idiotic statement wasn’t from Munty.
1. The security guard that performed the welfare check on Brittany, was firstly a female. Secondly, she was motivated to perform the welfare check because she has seen Bruce leave without her.
2. She saw Brittney was naked and asleep on the sofa. Unusual. She asked if she was ok and did she require assistance? Britney replied that she was ok, and that she did not require assistance. The guards knew she was there, and alone. She was in a locked secure area. She was safe from danger. She could access a private bathroom. Their judgement was confirmed when she woke up in the morning and left.
4. Please note APH Security would have a lot of experience with drunken staff. The joint would be like a zoo about midnight on say the night of the Mid Winters Ball. Even Scomos Christmas Party where he poured Britney a beer would have a-tremendous amount of drunken wrecks sleeping it off in various offices.
3. My understanding is CCTV coverage only extends to common areas, like entries and exits. Hallways. etc. There was no CCTV inside the Ministers office.
4. And no politician is going to want to tighten up access requirements to APH for their staffers. When the Minister gets called at 1030pm and asked to appear on the Today Show at 06.25am the next morning, you can absolute guarantee her own staff and relevant staff from her department are called in at ungodly hours to prepare her a briefing and ready a set of answers to expected questions. And woe be upon them if the minister gets asked a zinger by Karl she has been prepared for.
Under the circumstances and the protocols at the time, the security team executed their duties correctly. However, given this situation, I would have contacted the 24/7 AFP officers on duty that night at APH and explained the situation and asked for their opinion. They have much greater powers and much higher levels of training so why not make a 2 minute phone call and brief them? Even just to cover your backside.

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 9:44 am

feelthebern says:
May 26, 2023 at 9:29 am
With reference to the Karli Lake column.
The problem is that leftists control the entire election apparatus in every swing state, and they have innumerable tools — like those just noted — to steal any election. The Kari Lake election showed that the leftists will use all of them when needed.
Replace leftists with the McCain machine.
His legacy is he married into a billionaire family that influences elections in Arizona as much as the Zuck bucks influenced elections in other states.

Cindy McCain hates Republicans with a passion as they failed to elect her husband president and thus making her the First Lady. She is taking out her anger on every Republican candidate within her reach. Arizona will remain Democrat as long as she lives.

bons
bons
May 26, 2023 9:45 am

I have always loved this line from ‘The Far Pavilions’:
“In India, the truth is precious”. “It must be employed
only when a lie will no longer suffice”.
Correct my quote if my memory is inaccurate.
I first read Far Pavilions while working in Northern India. It was a word perfect depiction of the prevailing cultural practices.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 9:46 am

The worst thing we did was condemn aboriginal Australia to live in these cultural aquariums.

“We” would chiefly be Nugget Coombs & Gough Whitlam plus an assortment of do-gooders & luvvies, most of whom chose to live in capital cities.

will
will
May 26, 2023 9:47 am

Rogersays:
May 26, 2023 at 8:37 am
Harking back to the destruction of architectural/cultural icons, Joh’s desecration of Cloudland still infuriates QLDanders of a certain age.

Qlders vying for the stupid award. I did an exam there many years ago, it was dark, old, and neglected. Most commercial building have a life of 50 years, are otherwise expensive to maintain and keep up to date with fire regulations etc. Cloudland was old rubbish.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 9:48 am

The elites are so incurably corrupt and the masses are so incurably deluded that the best thing you can do is have a home in the country and enjoy good food, wine and company of friends and family.

I thank God every day that I’m able to do that.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2023 9:48 am

Last night I went to a dinner and I ended up engaging in a yelling match with the host’s partner.

The table had been discussing the Higgins/Lehmann imbroglio and the general consensus is that Lehmann didn’t rape Higgins, however the two might have engaged in a pash on the sofa, he then left her there on the sofa when instead he should have been a mensch and escorted her home. But fatally, and catastrophically, he didn’t. Lehmann’s behaviour was grubby however that does not make him a rapist. We women at the table all agreed that if any sexual penetration had taken place, you’d most certainly have felt it when you woke up from your slumber because here’s the fact, you’d still be able to feel any forced penetration and we women all agreed that one of the first things we would have done is to go to a doctor, be examined and get a morning after pill. Higgins didn’t. By the way, being naked on a sofa doesn’t imply sex. What a load of frigging rubbish. You can awaken on a sofa fully clothed and have had sex. You can have sex fully clothed.

I said the Lehmann case, along with the Pell case, shows how the left is willing to completely trash the presumption of innocence to suit their ideological crusades and thank God for the HC judgment, 7-0. And this is where the conversation got heated, the host’s partner, who is not a lawyer, who is not a Catholic, who is not Jewish, but who is a paid up member of the progressive wank class, someone who reads The Malcolm Guardian and the Boring Saturday Paper, said…..”the HC didn’t take into account the “probability” Pell raped the boys”. My head swivelled in shock and I said “what the eff are you talking about?”. I was completely shocked and I said to him “since when are you a lawyer?”, “since when are you an expert on the rituals of the Catholic mass?” I can’t quite describe the fury I was feeling, the host was squirming, and then the partner continued yelling “the HC didn’t account for the probability that Pell raped the boys”, so then I then started yelling at him….

“the law isn’t based on “probability”, what a load of shit, the law is based on evidence” and I said to him again, “since when are you an expert on the Catholic mass?. Your problem is that you wanted Pell to be guilty because you didn’t like his politics, you didn’t like his conservative stance on issues, you didn’t like the fact that he was a Catholic, you don’t like Catholicism. YOU ARE A BIGOT. But thankfully the law isn’t based on someone wanting someone to be guilty or thinking that “probably someone is guilty”, and that was the whole case around Pell stemmed from the fact that people like you wanted him guilty despite him not committing any crime whatsoever, and that the whole case against Pell was a completely make up fantastic ludicrous, ridiculous, absurd lie, but a lie that ended up in an innocent man going to prison because some people like you thought him to be “probably” guilty, because you wanted him to be probably guilty.

I then ended by saying to him and the other men sitting at the table…

“you are all able to “probably” commit rape or assault against a woman so given the “probability” of this, you are all now guilty of rape! I’m going to the police to now report that I’ve probably been raped tonight because the men at the table can probably commit rape.

Desperate to end the yelling, the hst piped up to say that it took a Jew to help save Pell, and I said “yes, indeed, and kol hakavod to Mark Weinberg”.

The conversation ended and I ate my cheesecake.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 9:49 am

Er…Will, please attribute quotes correctly. Those are not my words. Thank you.

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 26, 2023 9:52 am

Great speech at the dinner, Cassie. I guess things went a bit quiet after that …

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2023 9:52 am

I should add that apart from the yelling match, it was a pleasant dinner.

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 9:54 am

If however you live somewhere remote and don’t have the wherewithal or the family support to arrange this then you are in a world of hurt. “The government” in a huge country like Australia can only go so far.

Top Ender, some years ago I was on a cruise that stopped in Faroe Islands and went on a shore tour. Our tour guide explained how their health system worked seeing as they only had a population of 35,000 spread over five islands in the North Atlantic. He said they had a good hospital on the central island though not staffed by all the specialists or equipped with every modern appliance. This means that more serious cases are flown to Copenhagen with whom they have an arrangement. They have worked out that it is cheaper to fly the patients and their families and pay for the treatments and stay in Copenhagen than provide for everything at home.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 9:54 am

I should add that apart from the yelling match, it was a pleasant dinner.

Why…the yelling match sounds like it was the best part!

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2023 9:55 am

Apologies about the spelling errors, sometimes I rush and press “post comment” without reading back carefully!

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 26, 2023 9:56 am

Their ABC being thoughtful for once:

Public school bans on AI tools like ChatGPT raise fears private school kids are gaining an unfair edge and widening a digital divide

An Expert opines:

“Banning it, which some school systems have talked about doing, isn’t going to be sustainable,” he said.

“We’ve got a responsibility as educators to be working out how best to use these tools to improve our teaching.”

He thinks it will inevitably transform the way students learn, and he can see tests like NAPLAN becoming redundant.

“ChatGPT forces us to ask that question because it shows us how basic skills can be easily replicated by machines,” he said.

“ChatGPT can do the basic things which we’ve often focused on teaching young people.”

He’s quite right: ChatGPT is here to stay because it takes away the drudgery of learning the “basic things”. In the Brave New World teachers and kids can get on with spending more time doing the more ‘advanced’ stuff:

[Arlene Kumar] has been using it to sift through sources of information for a history assignment, inputting written prompts like “find me some quotes for an essay about indentured servitude in Fiji and India”.

Where a Google search on the subject will produce tens of thousands of page results, ChatGPT can give a succinct answer to the request — in this case, a list of quotes from different sources and advice on how to use them in an essay.

“It’s often challenging to find authentic evidence, but with the resource we’re using, it gives you a bunch of evidence just like that,” Arlene said.

“Even quotes, which you can go and fact-check using, you know, databases and stuff like that.

“It saves us a lot of time. Especially us students in year 12 where time is money.”

Her classmate and school captain Freya Scothern had the same experience looking for quotes on her major work exploring the way female monarchs have been perceived over time.

“I have definitely found it useful,” she said.

“I think one of the main things for me is efficiency, because I spend hours searching the internet looking for the perfect quotes to put in essays.”

Unfortunately, although Ms Kumar and Ms Scothern may have saved lots of time, they have also missed the opportunity to apply critical thinking to their data sources and their topic – and perhaps pick up some knowledge that ChatGPT doesn’t think they need to know.

The kids coming after are going to be even more disadvantaged in that they won’t even have the basic tools under their belts to start to function as critical thinkers.

We live in a world where people blindly accept obvious nonsense as ‘truth’. Stuff that should fall apart on a cursory glance simply using ‘the basics’. ChatGPT et al are going to make that so much easier.

[AEMO Arts/Law graduates were not available for comment.]

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 9:57 am

So in conclusion, unless you are in a family/self situation where you can cope, then living in the Outback is not viable, IF you want health care etc etc. The worst thing we did was condemn aboriginal Australia to live in these cultural aquariums. Humans in societies for millennia made decisions to go where the benefits of living in large groups were obvious. Those living in such places should pick up their stuff and walk.

Well said and this should be our policy. The Coalition have to summon the courage to propose integration rather than isolation if they want to save future indigenous generations.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 9:59 am

“We” would chiefly be Nugget Coombs & Gough Whitlam

Prior to the appearance of that pair of clowns on the scene, under the policy of “assimilation”, there was quite an effective programme of what would be called mentoring today, to encourage Aborigines to “move to town”, find work and send their children to school.

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 26, 2023 10:01 am

Roger says: The worst thing we did was condemn aboriginal Australia to live in these cultural aquariums. “We” would chiefly be Nugget Coombs & Gough Whitlam plus an assortment of do-gooders & luvvies, most of whom chose to live in capital cities.

Indeed yes, although many would argue “we” made the decision by voting in such loons.

It’s a good point. The Australian public rarely get asked questions such as “Do you want to fund Outback communities, or should their inhabitants go to where services are?”

It’s rather along the lines of “Do you want capital punishment banned?” It was just quietly abolished by various state governments.

Maybe we could have some more national questions. “Do you want to see the ACT abolished?” would be a good start.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 10:03 am

Nugget Coombs also came up with the brilliant idea of a “treaty” between Australia and its indigenous people, btw.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 10:05 am

Indeed yes, although many would argue “we” made the decision by voting in such loons.

Nugget Coombs was never voted into any office.

He was appointed chair of the Council of Abortiginal Affairs by Holt after the 1967 referendum and his malignant influence is still felt more than 50 years later.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 26, 2023 10:05 am

Queenslanders who sell food from home could soon face tougher licensing laws

Commercial food operations at private residences, such as a cake business run from someone’s house or an at-home cooking class, currently fall outside the state’s food safety licensing laws.

But this could soon change under a raft of food reforms proposed by Queensland Health — including one potential change that would cut red tape for vendors wanting to offer taste tests or samples.

In a new consultation paper, the department has pointed out that food prepared and sold for a fee at a private residence is currently exempt from Queensland’s Food Act.

“It is therefore proposed to amend the Food Act to clarify that the exemption provision for the sale of food at a private residence does not relate to commercial activities.”

Examples included businesses that catered for private dinner parties, cooking lessons at a private home, and “virtual” or “dark” kitchens which prepared food for sale via online delivery platforms.

Huzzah!!! Saved from the scourge of Dark Kitchens.

The Palacechook loves us and will always look out for our interests.
Gor’ Bless, ma’am.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2023 10:07 am

The conversation ended and I ate my cheesecake.

Enough about the vagaries of the administration of criminal law.
How was the cheesecake.

Tom
Tom
May 26, 2023 10:07 am

The conversation ended and I ate my cheesecake.

A splendid rant, Cassie, and a valuable slice of real life in an anaethetised world.

Thank you.

Rabz
May 26, 2023 10:08 am

There was no CCTV inside the Ministers office.

Given the laxity and staggering quisling stupidity of our beloved politicians and bureaucrats I would not be surprised at all if there actually are video/audio bugs installed by CCP operatives throughout parliament house (e.g. by operatives masquerading as “cleaners”).

Hence my encouragement of Eddles to head off to Beijing and request that the CCP hand over the footage from Reynolds’ office on the morning in question.

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2023 10:09 am

The kids coming after are going to be even more disadvantaged in that they won’t even have the basic tools under their belts to start to function as critical thinkers.

We live in a world where people blindly accept obvious nonsense as ‘truth’. Stuff that should fall apart on a cursory glance simply using ‘the basics’. ChatGPT et al are going to make that so much easier.

And the “truth” will already be preset in the AI program. Reality will be redefined for future generations by the elites who will not subject themselves to the same.

Vicki
Vicki
May 26, 2023 10:10 am

He was appointed chair of the Council of Aboriginal Affairs by Holt after the 1967 referendum and his malignant influence is still felt more than 50 years later.

Absolutely! I don’t believe many Australians understand the events which led to this terrible impasse in our relationship with Aborigines in this country. Coombes and his ilk were the original “Woke” in relation to this issue. Cosy, warm feeling ideas of “return to country” but ZILCH understanding of what the long term effects would be in a changing modern country.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2023 10:10 am

The conversation ended and I ate my cheesecake.

Was there pineapple in or on the cheesecake?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 10:11 am

Gough Whitlam’s contribution was to decree that possession of a University degree was necessary to progress in the Public service. Those who had spent years working in outback towns and communities, who understood tribal lore and culture, and who spoke several dialects, were passed over in favor of those with a university degree, who may have never met an Aborigine in their lives.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2023 10:15 am

The cheesecake was bloody delicious, with lovely hints of nutmeg, exactly like my mother’s.

It’s the festival of Shavuot, when we Jews were given the Torah. The tradition is to eat dairy products.

Vicki
Vicki
May 26, 2023 10:16 am

Oh Cassie ! Just read your account of the dinner party. Go girl! You may not be invited back (so what…you are welcome at our place!) but, my God, you stood up for integrity and overall critical thinking on issues that have been submerged in emotional “wash”.

Rabz
May 26, 2023 10:17 am

Queenslanders who sell food from home could soon face tougher licensing laws

But of course. Reading through these open threads is an increasingly depressing exercise as they become little more than a seemingly endless litany of civilization destroying beyond parody collectivist stupidity and lunacy.

There isn’t a non existent problem on this planet for which collectivism doesn’t have an unworkable solution that will effortlessly create many more very real problems.

A never ending hydra headed cycle of idiocy.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 10:19 am

Coombes and his ilk were the original “Woke” in relation to this issue.

One of the original luvvies.

Believed a little too much in his own intellectual capabilities, which were in fact rather meagre and run of the socialist mill but took him to the top of the Australian public service.

He had a long sexual affair with the poet Judith Wright. The ACT, being luvvie central, recently named two new adjacent Canberra suburbs ‘Wright’ and ‘Coombs’.

(Reaching for vomit bag.)

Vicki
Vicki
May 26, 2023 10:25 am

The kids coming after are going to be even more disadvantaged in that they won’t even have the basic tools under their belts to start to function as critical thinkers.

So right. My granddaughter has all the brain fire power to be a first rate critical thinker. Unfortunately, she has been submerged by the feel-good, doctored crap that passes for education in our schools (& she has been educated at expensive private schools, to boot). She rushes off to her room crying when I question her woke views of climate change, women’s “rights” & the Voice.

Grandson, on the other hand, despite being a classical case of ADHD, has a first rate “crap detector” & is quietly sceptical about what passes for “educated thought” today. Only difference being that, because he lacks the skills to challenge the system, he uses it &, unbelievably, is doing a degree in Environmental Studies, despite not believing in global warming.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 26, 2023 10:26 am

Comment from Ag sales site.
WA’s right to Farm impeded – The WA Farming industry is up in arms over a new state government act set to come into effect on July 1.

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill will affect every Farmer and Pastoralist in the state. Everyday Farming acts like Scarifying, Seeding, Delving, Deep Ripping, Shed Building, Drainage work, Fencing, and even pulling out a dead tree stump will require a permit to do so. Any ground disturbance to a depth of 50mm is included.

It is reported that it will cost the state government $77 million to implement over the next four years. To allocate the permits, a series of Local Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Service (LACHS) offices will be established across the state.

You can see what’s going to happen here. Some permits will take months to be approved, and the window for Seeding, Ripping, etc, will close before a permit is allocated. One WA Farmer told me, “if we get caught doing the wrong thing, the fines are massive, apparently”. He also said, “our right to Farm is going to get taken away from us through this act. It will be a shit show”.

How much will The Voice turbo charge this insanity.

Vicki
Vicki
May 26, 2023 10:27 am

He had a long sexual affair with the poet Judith Wright.

I didn’t know that! I wish you hadn’t told me, Roger! I have always loved the poetry of Judith Wright – though not as much as the poetry of A.D. Hope. Please don’t tell me that the latter had an affair with some crazy Leftie.

Rabz
May 26, 2023 10:33 am

was appointed chair of the Council of Aboriginal Affairs by Holt after the 1967 referendum and his malignant influence is still felt more than 50 years later

Quite possibly my most hated figure in modern Australian history after Shitlam, with whom he created a formidable tag team purveying a uniquely toxic brand of “they’re better off existing in the stone age” patronising racist idiotology, which is currently at the root of so much that ails our society.

I remember watching a schlockumentary about the vile little gnome with a collectivist mate of mine back in the late 80s (on the ALPBC to boot) while we both very stoned. The narrator made the ponderous observation that Coombs was one of Australia’s most “visionary bureaucrats”, a concept so utterly ridiculous and intrinsically contradictory that we both simultaneously burst into uncontrollable laughter.

Mr Garrison was correct, so take heed, kiddies – steer clear of the consumption of Mary Jane, or you’ll end up plonked on a couch avidly watching televisual feasts on the ALPBC about Australia’s most preposterous collectivist crackpots.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 10:33 am

He also said, “our right to Farm is going to get taken away from us through this act. It will be a shit show”.

Do the crop work at least, don’t pay any fines.

Seek publicity.

Force the government to back down.

Rabz
May 26, 2023 10:34 am

Snap (sort of), Rog!

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 26, 2023 10:34 am

The ACT, being luvvie central, recently named two new adjacent Canberra suburbs ‘Wright’ and ‘Coombs’.

Also springing up is the suburb of “Whitlam”…

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 10:35 am

I have always loved the poetry of Judith Wright – though not as much as the poetry of A.D. Hope.

A.D. Hope is the man !

😀

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2023 10:37 am

Also springing up is the suburb of “Whitlam”…

Yes, all in the Molonglo Valley.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 10:37 am

No-one should ‘fund’ outback communities.
Australia, more or less, grew organically, people went where there were opportunities and towns developed to service rural farming communities or where there was mining etc.

Now many small communities have shrunk to nothing as young people leave to study and work elsewhere, it’s normal.
Why must some continue despite the obvious extremely poor outcomes for those that live there?
Even in Victoria artificial towns like the Lake Tyers Mission perpetuate problems, half an hour’s drive from the nearest decent size town with supermarkets, schools, medical services, if you can’t drive what then?
You can’t sell up and leave either because it’s communal property.
It’s basically the missions but without the missionaries, just a few short termers popping in and out.
As Roger mentioned yesterday, the hunting gathering lifestyle isn’t an option with colonial settlement, I don’t think anyone sincerely wants to go back to that, (though I see some have convinced themselves there was systematic Aboriginal farming).
You want a better life for your children, send them to school and encourage them to get good jobs, preferably not in the Aboriginal industry.

Robert Sewell
May 26, 2023 10:39 am

2002 Nissan Patrol and 2004 Mitsubishi 380.
Wouldn’t swap ’em for the world.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2023 10:41 am

Rogersays:

May 26, 2023 at 10:19 am

Coombes and his ilk were the original “Woke” in relation to this issue.

One of the original luvvies.

Believed a little too much in his own intellectual capabilities, which were in fact rather meagre and run of the socialist mill which, of course, but took him to the top of the Australian public service.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 10:45 am

Those new suburbs in Canberra, row on row of boxy townhouses and apartment buildings, no visible public transport.
Coombs does have a ten million dollar ‘Ruth Park Playspace’ playground modelled on the muddle headed wombat, who also designed it apparently, in a narrow space next to a reservoir, virtually no parking, and of course no toilet facilities.
There’s a Woolworths about to open but naturally on the other side of the busy road to the main body of Coombs.

Vicki
Vicki
May 26, 2023 10:47 am

WA’s right to Farm impeded – The WA Farming industry is up in arms over a new state government act set to come into effect on July 1.

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill will affect every Farmer and Pastoralist in the state. Everyday Farming acts like Scarifying, Seeding, Delving, Deep Ripping, Shed Building, Drainage work, Fencing, and even pulling out a dead tree stump will require a permit to do so. Any ground disturbance to a depth of 50mm is included.

Similar requirements have existed in some form in Queensland for some time. I recall being told by the owner of a station near Mt Isa that when he wanted to put in a new dam, or even scour an old one, he had to pay the local Aboriginal “owners” to come and examine the site for any “sacred” items. They would arrive in a brand new Landcruiser, sit (with dark sunnies on) for a while, and then disappear. As I recall, the charge for that was $1,500 or thereabouts. This was around 15 years ago.

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 10:49 am

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill will affect every Farmer and Pastoralist in the state. Everyday Farming acts like Scarifying, Seeding, Delving, Deep Ripping, Shed Building, Drainage work, Fencing, and even pulling out a dead tree stump will require a permit to do so. Any ground disturbance to a depth of 50mm is included.

I was saying on the Cat, months ago, that this new legislation, which forces anyone doing any work, anywhere is WA’s State “voice” as you have to consult any local indigens before doing it.

“I want to put a pool in my backyard”

“You can’t, its Wadjuk land and its sacred”

“Ok, I’ll pay you ten grand”

“Ok”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 10:49 am

LOL!

Biden Spent $1 Billion To Get Schools Electric Buses. This Michigan District Says Theirs Hardly Work (24 May, via Instapundit)

Michigan’s fourth-largest school district is having “significant” performance issues with its expensive electric buses, issues that come after the Biden administration spent $1 billion to “transform America’s school bus fleet” with electric models.

During an April 19 presentation to the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education, the district’s environmental sustainability director, Emile Lauzzana, highlighted a number of issues with the district’s electric bus fleet. Those buses, Lauzzana said, have “a lot of downtime and performance issues” and aren’t “fully on the road,” despite the fact that they are “approximately five times more expensive than regular buses.” The infrastructure upgrades required to use the buses, meanwhile, were “originally estimated to be only about $50,000” but “ended up being more like $200,000,” according to Lauzzana. “I have a number of colleagues in different states who are facing similar challenges,” the district official lamented. “For the school bus market, it’s been challenging for us.”

Nothing green ever works says Tim Blair from time to time. I’ll add that it always costs much more (looking at you Snowy 2.0) and the people making the failed promises are never brought to account, in tumbrils or any other way.

Bear Necessities
Bear Necessities
May 26, 2023 10:51 am

I don’t think there will ever be a suburb in the ACT called ‘Hanson’ or ‘Roberts-Smith’.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 10:52 am

Oh and in an other odd arrangement, double garages are all at the rear of the properties, which requires laneways to access them, a complete waste of space which will eventually cause more problems, the graffiti artists have yet to arrive, while residents get rear gardens of perhaps 20 square metres.
And many people park in the streets at the front of their houses rather than lug children and groceries up a flight of stairs.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2023 10:54 am

Bear Necessitiessays:

May 26, 2023 at 10:51 am

I don’t think there will ever be a suburb in the ACT called ‘Hanson’ or ‘Roberts-Smith’.

The suburb of “Britnah”?

Tom
Tom
May 26, 2023 10:59 am

Sometime in the last six hours, the slack, stoned J-school grads at the Paywallian finally got around to posting today’s brilliant Johannes Leak.

Vicki
Vicki
May 26, 2023 11:02 am

We cant, we cant afford it, we never could, its all been paid for by decades of debt and artificially low interest rates. Even if we could afford it, the problems aren’t fixable. The public health system is broken because the public themselves are broken…

Don’t get me started. I cannot believe that the public are now being encouraged to “idolise” celebrities such as “Lizzo” who are morbidly obese. It seems only yesterday that “fat” was unhealthy. Yet these days TV commercials are replete with obese individuals being promoted as exemplars.

Sometimes I feel I am going “bonkers”, such is the cognitive dissonance overwhelming our lives.

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 11:10 am

I don’t think there will ever be a suburb in the ACT called ‘Hanson’ or ‘Roberts-Smith’.

I used to work alongside a “geographic naming” team. Most people don’t know but all States and Territories are signatories to a UN tome on naming conventions that’s about 400 pages long. Its bloody ridiculous but, in WA, the Minister can override their decisions but has to be published as to why (and not many Ministers have the balls to make decisions that are published).

One funny one I came across was a Uniting Church group who had some old dude (“Mr Hall”) who recently died. They built a church with a public road onto their property. They asked the road be called “Hall Way.”

Razey
Razey
May 26, 2023 11:10 am

Sometimes I feel I am going “bonkers”, such is the cognitive dissonance overwhelming our lives.

It’s been going to shit since the early 90’s.

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 11:14 am

Queenslanders who sell food from home could soon face tougher licensing laws

Funny that, I’ve only ever gotten food poisoning from BigFood (TM).

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 11:18 am

Dr Faustus

Queenslanders who sell food from home could soon face tougher licensing laws

Should increase the demand for slugs.

Mark from Melbourne
Mark from Melbourne
May 26, 2023 11:21 am

More proof, as if any was needed, that that filthy nuclear energy is just dreadful. Finland shows the way!

No wonder we don’t want it here… all those delays, and then THIS is what you get.

Finnish nuclear plant throttles output after electricity prices become too cheap

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 11:24 am

Russia signs deal to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus…

https://apnews.com/article/belarus-russia-nuclear-weapons-shoigu-285ff887e8b1c28d20ff68e1d775441e

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 11:26 am

Nuke is King of energy.

It is the “killer app” so to speak.

Oilmen like Maurice Strong prop up losers like wind as interference against nukes!

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 11:27 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 11:28 am

Sometimes I feel I am going “bonkers”

Not you that’s going bonkers Vicki, it’s the Left that has completely gone out of their tree. It happens from time to time, like the Xhosa who killed all their cattle on the say so of a teenage girl.

It’s been observed many times. St Antony in the third century AD said it well:

“A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.”

We are now in such a time.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 11:28 am

rosie at 10:52 – rear laneways and double garages are very much the current thinking. Cedar Woods are doing a big redevelopment of an old TAFE site near me with what are effectively row houses with rear double garages. Not sure but I expect some combination of green title and strata. Literally everything is done once you move in. Looks nice now,we’ll see in 10 years.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 26, 2023 11:30 am

Top Ender

Maybe we could have some more national questions. “Do you want to see the ACT abolished?” would be a good start.

I would reduce the ACT to the Parliamentary Triangle, Anzac Parade and the AWM, and the Lodge (the inhabitants of which would vote in their home electorates). The ACT “government” could then become the town council that was all that the inhabitants wanted, but did not offer the kind of power that various Liars Party members wanted.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 11:31 am

Not too much wrong with modern Australia that wasn’t exacerbated by Whitlam.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 26, 2023 11:31 am

PS, with the rest incorporated back into NSW.

Vicki
Vicki
May 26, 2023 11:32 am

Discussion topic: (from “The Daily Reckoning”)

by Brian Chu

Quick summary: Five years ago, those who believed that the sky was falling, the markets would crash, and mankind was facing an existential crisis were ridiculed as ‘doomers’ and relegated to the fringe of society. Much of the events back then pale in significance to the threat mankind faces since 2020. There’s a level of absurdity so profound that causes heads to spin. Who’s causing it? Why are they doing this if the consequences hurt them? And how can you protect yourself against this sabotage?

Are you feeling fatigued over all the different narratives of the world facing an extinction-level event?

Let me warn you that it’s entering turbo mode.

Years ago, there was a wild claim about some Planet X that was approaching Earth and could wreak havoc on our planet.

And earlier this month, US Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, warned us about ‘X Date’ — the day the US Government hits its debt limit and can’t pay off its loans. This could lead to a market implosion, should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling (based on her perfect prognosis of course!).

Now we’ve got news from the World Health Organisation (WHO) about Disease X, whose chief Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus claims is deadlier than the Wuhan virus.

Interestingly, this purported ‘Disease X’ is a term assigned in 2018 to a shortlist of diseases that could cause a severe global epidemic. So, they don’t know what it is, but it could be deadly when it hit.

At the rates we’re going, get ready for the arrival of X-men from outer space!

Just what on earth is happening?

Five years ago, those who believed that the sky was falling, the markets would crash, and mankind was facing an existential crisis were ridiculed as ‘doomers’ and relegated to the fringe of society.

I’m confident that many today would give anything to turn back the clock to 2018. The problems that we faced back then seem more manageable than those looming over us. And the world resembled something more inhabitable than now!

Back then, the world was chugging along. There were many problems plaguing the world — armed conflicts between and within nations, social problems including corruption, wealth inequality, crime, food shortages, and rising costs of living stood in the way of prosperity and development.

You may still remember that the biggest news stories back then were the investigations over President Trump’s campaign colluding with Russia to steal the 2016 election.

Much of those events pale in significance to the existential threats to mankind since 2020.

Clearly the dynamics of the global order — geopolitically, economically, socially, and ideologically — have since turned upside down. Furthermore, those entrusted to address these — governments, international organisations, corporations, academic think tanks, and non-profit groups — aren’t trying to solve problems.

Instead, you might even say they’ve thrown fuel to the fire.

Think about how many Western governments are pushing hard to increase the cost of living through laws restricting fossil fuels and putting farmers out of business to meet climate targets. Farmer protests are now spreading around the world (think the EU, Canada and South Asia) as they realise the dreadful prospect of losing their livelihood over fertiliser bans and potential land seizures.

Not to mention the gauntlet of company executives at Anheuser-Busch, Disney and Nike and many others that are torpedoing their market value with ill-thought-out, haphazard attempts at supporting transgenderism and other radical political messages. These companies have invariably faced massive backlash, causing a sharp drop in sales revenue and profits.

There’s a level of absurdity so profound that many are feeling their heads spin.

It seems these companies are not factoring in the possibility of the public negatively responding to such campaigns before committing to them. They assume such appeals to morality and radical activism are the best for profits. And stupidly, there is no contingency plan for when this is not the case.

Elite capture — the source of corruption

Those who follow Jim Rickards’ work would be familiar with the phrase ‘elite capture’. It’s a military strategy practised for many centuries. It involves capturing your opponent’s leading figures and then using them to destroy themselves.

But how do you achieve this? What can you do to make someone do your bidding by sabotaging their own?

The key is to exploit the weakness of the intended target by using economic and psychological lures, collect the evidence and then use that to blackmail and manipulate the target.

This week, we’ve seen a high-profile example courtesy of Bill Gates.

The Wall Street Journal released a bombshell article revealing that convicted paedophile and hedge fund manager, Jeffrey Epstein, knew that Russian bridge player, Mila Antonova, had an affair with Bill Gates many years ago. Antonova was sponsored by Epstein, and therefore, he could exploit this affair to pressure Gates to donate to his business venture. Epstein also hired several bankers to tailor a market pitch to persuade Gates to support this.

Why is this important?

This is a smoking gun to show you the playbook of how to turn the world upside down if you’ve got enough cash and connections.

You’ve seen in the last few years how much of what the mainstream media has reported turned out to be misleading and deceptive.

And we’ve seen that there’re many people involved in this deception — heads of state, government officials, experts, celebrities, etc. These are people whom many hold in high esteem because they project competence either by way of qualifications and/or influence.

You think they’d know better than to jump headfirst into supporting various narratives and viewpoints without a full understanding, but they have.

Is someone pulling their strings?

At this stage, I can assure you that Bill Gates isn’t the only ‘target’ that fell for this nefarious plan. There’ll be more exposure to come.

Finding safety as the system decays

Just as corporations that infuriate their customer base and the general public are now haemorrhaging value, a corrupt system that’s being exposed will crumble as people abandon it.

There may still be a lot of cash flowing in this system to give the illusion that it’s running strong. After all, haven’t the doomers run out of breath saying it’s all over?

Let me put it this way.

If you don’t know how crooked the system is and you continue to play the game, the fault is on those running the system.

If you know the system’s crooked and you take no precautions, then the blame falls on you.

You don’t need to take everything out of the markets and head for the hills.

But have you got a backup plan and some wealth out of the system?

Central banks know that this system is past its use-by date and have been buying gold at record levels since last year. And I believe they’re not about to stop as inflation isn’t slowing down.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 11:32 am

They would arrive in a brand new Landcruiser, sit (with dark sunnies on) for a while, and then disappear.

The next step will be to complain that they are shown no respect by an irate land owner…

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 11:32 am

Russia signs deal to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus…

Lukashenko will be delighted, because the biggest enemy of Belarus has always been Russia. Now he has an excellent means to deter a takeover.

He’s not a nice guy, but he is cunning. Having managed to keep out of the war, and now being gifted free nukes, is statecraft of the highest level.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 26, 2023 11:34 am

Vicki

Cosy, warm feeling ideas of “return to country” but ZILCH understanding of what the long term effects would be in a changing modern country.

Correction, ZILCH interest in understanding …

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 11:39 am

Now we’ve got news from the World Health Organisation (WHO) about Disease X, whose chief Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus claims is deadlier than the Wuhan virus.

Vicki – Here you go, this is from today:

COVID & Climate Merge: Rockefeller Foundation & WHO announce partnership for ‘preventing pandemics fueled by climate change’ (25 May)

They are desperate to keep the scare going because the people are walking away from their incessant screeching. Mr Tedious invoking climate change caused worse-than-Black Death horror is jumping the shark to infinity and beyond.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 11:39 am

I would think you would have to do the NT with the ACT I expect. The only real difference is geography. Arguably Tasmania is too small to support the full administrative apparatus of a State as currently configured. But for an accident of colonial history it should really be administered from Melbourne.

Robert Sewell
May 26, 2023 11:41 am

Will:

Aust is probably one of the few counties in the world where “windfall gains” such as from gambling, are not taxed as income.

Good one, Will.
Now all the State Labor governments will get together and throw a great big tax at it. “The Windfall Tax to Fix Australia”. And that will be despite the money they already levy on the lottery franchise.

Vagabond
Vagabond
May 26, 2023 11:41 am

I walked past the local bookshop this morning and there was the Turd’s latest extrusion where it belonged from the day of publication, in the remainder bin.

It would have been cheaper than buying firelighters but I wouldn’t have it in the house.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 11:42 am

I believe much of the Higgins stuff is due to it being in the ACT. It has all the bells and whistles of a full administrative State, staffed by cliques and maaates.

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 11:46 am

Someone commented about housing developments above and I can’t recall who it was…

Three years ago I sat on an “executive committee” overseeing plans for the redevelopment of the old Subiaco oval site. Most of the meetings focused on how to incorporate songlines, indigenous symbols and colours etc… as we were redeveloping a sacred site. It was an agree-fest worse than their ABC.

I made the career limiting move of suggesting that, with the apartments being developed, we go out to Perth’s eastern burbs and get some indigenous families to move in to heavily discounted apartments.

I’ve never encountered such an awkward silence in all my life…

Robert Sewell
May 26, 2023 11:50 am

Bruce O’Nuke:

Not a small operation, the salvage ship is enormous. Well if the Chinese are willing to poison babies with melamine to save some money on baby formula production you can see why they wouldn’t care about people who helped them defend against the Japanese. I’m disgusted.

The steel would have been especially valuable as it was produced before the nuclear tests and so wasn’t ‘contaminated’ by the fallout – making it valuable as Hell for the MRI/CT machinery manufacturers.
The bloody Chinese would be screaming blue murder if we did the same to one of their museums.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2023 11:56 am

“Not too much wrong with modern Australia that wasn’t exacerbated by Whitlam.”

Agree but there’s not too much wrong with modern Australia that wasn’t exacerbated by Fraser, Howard and Liberal inertia, passivity, torpor and laziness.

Just remember Fraser’s massive victories in 1975 and 1977, and he did nothing, and remember Howard’s win in 2004 when the Liberals won control of the senate.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
May 26, 2023 11:56 am

H B Bear says: May 26, 2023 at 11:42 am

it being in the ACT. It has all the bells and whistles of a full administrative State, staffed by cliques and maaates.

Would the functions of these cliques include offering maaates a chance to illegally use state powers and resources to carry out a personal vendetta against someone who’d pissed them off at work?

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 26, 2023 11:57 am

The ABC has been slammed by two former employees over the systemic decline in the quality of journalism which they argue has led to the “debacle” surrounding Stan Grant.

Grant suddenly quit the public broadcaster’s flagship Q+A program last week arguing the ABC failed to support him after he was the subject of racial abuse over his commentary during King Charles III’s coronation.

But while the ABC has apologised to grant and launched an investigation, current and former staff are arguing the scandal represents a broader problem within the organisation.

In a scathing column published in the Sydney Morning Herald, ex-senior ABC journalists Stuart Littlemore and David Salter said the broadcaster had “catastrophically undermined its authority” by failing to draw clear lines between news and opinion coverage.

The pair argued the ABC was now essentially permitting its staff, and specifically its journalists, to air their personal commentary on digital outlets and “parade their egos on social media”.

“The ABC’s real problem is competence, or the lack of it, and a failure to recognise that staff cannot have a foot in both the fact and opinion camps,” Littlemore and Salter said.

Littlemore was the inaugural host of the ABC’s flagship 15-minute Media Watch program, while Salter was the show’s long-time executive producer.

The industry veterans said the ABC’s quality of reporting had slipped into “incompetence” and was “destructive of the reputation and value” of its journalism.

In a sharply worded rebuke of the “decline in journalistic standards”, Littlemore and Salter slammed the poor reporting and the culture of inclusivity and diversity.

“It’s largely an everybody-gets-a-go culture, where valued journalism is too often sacrificed to the self-congratulation of inclusivity and diversity,” they wrote.

“On the ABC News website, too few of the stories are authentic hard news. Instead, we get clumsily written commentary and ‘analysis’, clickbait puffs, crime stories of minimal news value and folksy features contributed by staff in the regional outposts keen for a national byline.”

More at Sky News

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2023 12:00 pm

“I made the career limiting move of suggesting that, with the apartments being developed, we go out to Perth’s eastern burbs and get some indigenous families to move in to heavily discounted apartments.”

There ain’t nothing like exposing progressive sanctimony and hypocrisy. When exposed, it doesn’t just drip, it gushes.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 12:03 pm

Will

Aust is probably one of the few counties in the world where “windfall gains” such as from gambling, are not taxed as income.

The common law (with a couple of exceptions) has never recognised gambling wins as having the characteristics of income. It could never support the deduction of losses from actual income. It is a current fave of swampies who have made the existing miners of coal and gas richer beyond their wildest business cases by choking off new supply.

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 12:05 pm

This might sound strange, but if you want to look at the antecedents of a lot of current cultural icons, I suggest you check out an old RPG board game called Shadowrun as well as an (originally French) D&D style RPG game called In Nomine.

Why were they antecedents:

The Matrix having a virtual world overlain the real world (Shadowrun).
Chaos magic in the portrayal of the demon princes Calabim, Kobal, Malphas and Nybbas (In Nomine).

Older people probably know older science fiction with a Matrix like concept; you could argue “perceived reality” stories like Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes or even The Time Machine.

Not too sure about earlier literature regarding chaos magic unless you consider the Illuminatus trilogy or even George Martin considering his characterisation of Littlefinger.

Robert Sewell
May 26, 2023 12:07 pm

Rosie:

Wilcannia?

The distances don’t add up – Wilcannia is just within the Sydney distance, but the Qld border is only 400k away IIRC.
Perhaps Menindee or Ivanhoe?
Even then, Brucken ‘Ill has a teaching hospital with all the services including surgical and renal that would be required in this case.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 26, 2023 12:07 pm

unbelievably, is doing a degree in Environmental Studies, despite not believing in global warming.

Real environmentalism and belief in Global warming have nothing to do with each other.
The enviros who believe in global warming will generally champion other environmental polices that usually achieve the opposite of what they aim to do.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 12:10 pm

Lysander at 11:46 – there is still some public housing up the top of Subiaco near Kings Park. That is close enough thank you. I think we get some public tenants in an old 1950s tower nearby but the nearby cop shop keeps everything in line.

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 12:12 pm

Winston, that’s why I was confused by the doctor’s geography lesson.

My take-away – the lot was confected bulldust.

Robert Sewell
May 26, 2023 12:12 pm

Calli:

Not buying the “remote” and shameful stuff. If I have to see a specialist, I have to drive down to Newcastle or Sydney. One hour or two and a half depending. No shame in that.

Same here – if I need a Cardiology review, it’s off to the big smoke. 1150k and the 380 just eats it up. And there’s a $300 fuel subsidy as well.

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 12:14 pm

I suppose it was sexier to have the thing in NSW than a place very far from help like the Kimberley or Gulf. Because…derrrrrr.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2023 12:14 pm

“Real environmentalism and belief in Global warming have nothing to do with each other.”

Agree.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 12:16 pm

A couple of Indigenes thought the lack of beggars on Rokeby Road and it’s proximity to the Subiaco train station presented an opportunity. Evidently not, they soon disappeared. Begging in the Western Suburbs is mainly done through crony capitalism.

Razey
Razey
May 26, 2023 12:16 pm

The next step will be to complain that they are shown no respect by an irate land owner…

The next step will be punishment for not groveling at their feet hard enough.

Robert Sewell
May 26, 2023 12:19 pm

Rosie:

I can think of a couple of Aboriginal entrepreneurs who appear to have divested from support everyone culture.

It doesn’t stop the demands, though, Rosie. And it doesn’t stop the violence that happens when the entire clan turns up for a ‘holiday’, and expects – demands – free tucker and room service from the hapless escapee. And God help the poor bugger who says ‘no’.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 12:21 pm

Just remember Fraser’s massive victories in 1975 and 1977, and he did nothing, and remember Howard’s win in 2004 when the Liberals won control of the senate.

I’ve always seen those years as the wasted years, in this country.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 12:26 pm

Rich List
Here are the West Aussies making the list of the nation’s 200 wealthiest people … and what they’re worth
Daniel Newell
The West Australian
Fri, 26 May 2023 7:33AM
Comments
Daniel Newell

WA mining and agricultural magnates Gina Rinehart and Andrew Forrest have cemented their spots at the top of the nation’s rich list, with both adding to their already significant cash piles over the past year.

But Rinehart remains a clear table leader over her iron ore rival, adding 10 per cent to her fortune to now be worth $37.41 billion, according to the Australian Financial Review’s list of the country’s 200 most wealthy people published Friday.

Forrest added 8.4 per cent to his net worth to take his total to $33.29b.

Combined, the pair now have a wealth that equals the annual GDP of a small eastern European or African country.

Perth-born founders of online graphic design unicorn Canva, Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht, came in at No.9 with a combined fortune of $13.18b, a drop of 4.6 per cent from last year.

Others to make the top 10 include:

Packaging king Anthony Pratt and Family (ranked third with $24.30b);
Property developer Harry Triguboff (fourth with $23.8b);
Clive Palmer (fifth with an impressive 21.1 per cent jump in his personal fortune to $23.66b);
Green energy advocate and co-founder of Atlassian Mike Cannon-Brookes (sixth with a not-so-impressive 31.7 per cent drop in his worth to $19.01b following a tech rout in the US);
Fellow Atlassian founder Scott Farquahar (seventh after his cash pile also tumbled 31.2 per cent to $18.16b);
Former Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg (eighth with an 11.4 per cent jump to $13.6b);
And property developer Frank Lowy (10th with a small jump in his wealth to $9.33b).

WA businessman Kerry Stokes — whose Seven Group Holding has a majority stake in Seven West Media, publisher of The West Australian and thewest.com.au — added 6.6 per cent to his personal wealth which now stands at $7.45b, placing him 12th on the list. SGH also counts Boral Group, Coates Hire and WesTrac among its portfolio of investments.

Other West Aussies to make the grade included Angela Bennett, the daughter of prospecting legend Lang Hancock’s business partner Peter Wright, who is now worth $4.63b after an 8 per cent drop in her net worth. She came in at 20th.

Jack Cowin, the man who built his fortune on the back of humble beginnings with the nation’s first Hungry Jack’s store in Perth, was ranked 22nd, with his fortune falling 16.1 per cent to $4.3b.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 12:30 pm

LOL, I love it when we get these stories appearing simultaneously.

Here’s when Aussies should hit the slopes this winter as ski resorts prepare for a lacklustre snow season (Sky News, 26 May)

Mount Hotham gets winter preview with 12cm overnight snowfall (Sky News, 26 May)

Maybe there will be not much snow, or maybe there will be a lot of snow. But I think I should be forgiven for my reflex distrust of experts saying the season will be “lackluster”.

shatterzzz
May 26, 2023 12:34 pm

My take-away – the lot was confected bulldust.

the bit that lost me …………… Certainly, my First Nations mates
never, ever heard anyone use that term before ……..

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 12:34 pm

Begging in the Western Suburbs is mainly done through crony capitalism.

Oh, yeh HB… I have been a part of “that world…”

Blackburne’s “One” apartment development in Subi is evidence of that!!!

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 12:35 pm

Although HB – I have to congratulate Saffioti cos she’s been big on urban infill in the Western burbs and all the Western burbanites fu-king hate it. She’s overriding councils, making planning for infill easier, offering cash incentives to developers etc…

And the great thing is, Labor isn’t electorally interested in those burbs…. 😛

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 26, 2023 12:45 pm

There’s a bit getting through. Harder once you get into Nedlands, City Beach, Floreat and the like. I’m not really sure how you strike a balance in those older purely residential suburbs. Unless things change there won’t be many viable sites for a while.

Robert Sewell
May 26, 2023 12:51 pm

I wonder why in Dr. Shame’s small town there is no local willing to step in and drive the patient to Dubbo? Is River Town one of these aboriginal sink holes where no-one cares about their neighbour?

“It’s not the neighbours/families job.” That’s exactly what you will be told.
“You speak the problem, the problem is yours, you must fix it.”
Aboriginal culture is toxic to Aboriginals and actively prevents any social advancement from the pre colonial days. They don’t just try and pull the wool over Whities eyes – they believe utterly in the community sharing, not my job, identify the problem then you must fix it, issues. These concepts are believed as surely as a Baptist believes in the Second Coming, as surely as a Moslem believes in their God is Greater, as surely as Sinclair believes the Bombers will always rise up.
The Aboriginal Culture and ours are incompatible.
Some of us may deny that fact, but there it is. Any attempts to merge the two cultures will only result in expensive friction and anger/violence/destruction. Individuals may survive and prosper but one of the cultures must disappear into the dustbin of history.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
May 26, 2023 12:52 pm

Vicki

Cosy, warm feeling ideas of “return to country” but ZILCH understanding of what the long term effects would be in a changing modern country.

Correction, ZILCH interest in understanding …

Thomas Sowell has written much on the Vulgar Pride of Intellectual — Thomas Sowell the ntellectual giant surrounded by intellectual pygmies — one of my favourite Thomas Sowell quotes is this:

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

On a personal note – the stupidity and tyranny of know-it-alls has deeply affected our family life and the lives of countless families who have family members with severe disabilities Thomas Sowell also said :

that on issues ranging across the spectrum from housing policies to laws governing organ transplants intellectuals have sought to have decision-making discretion taken from those directly involved, who have personal knowledge and a personal stake, and transferred to third parties who have neither, and who pay no price for being wrong –

That is a perfect summation of where we are today because of course the cost, the price and the consequences are borne by those who have personal knowledge of, a personal stake in the issues but who have been excluded by the know-it-alls.

?There is a wonderful interview between Peter Robinson and Professor Thomas Sowell – the subject of the interview is: Intellectuals and Society.

It’s lengthy but worth every moment, and so apt in the tragedy being played out in the remote communities where our aboriginal brothers and sisters have been abandoned .

dopey
dopey
May 26, 2023 12:55 pm

ABC News up to it’s old tricks…”Six year anniversary of Voice proposal” ….”Twenty five years since first Sorry Day.”
Not news at all. Only mentioned for propaganda purposes.
Heroic milestones in Climate action get similar coverage.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 12:56 pm

Individuals may survive and prosper but one of the cultures must disappear into the dustbin of history.

Well said. Does a Stone Age culture have any place in the twenty first century?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 12:59 pm

Teaching moment lost.

Bud Light To Sponsor Pride Parades Despite Ongoing Boycott (25 May)

Bud Light and its parent company Anheuser-Busch are sponsoring at least three different upcoming Pride events despite backlash over the partnership with Dylan Mulvaney, a social media influencer who identifies as transgender. Bud Light is listed as a sponsor on the Cincinnati Pride Parade website. Planned Parenthood and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which medically transitions minors, are both also listed. Meanwhile, in St. Louis, Missouri, where Anheuser-Busch is headquartered, the company is listed as the presenting sponsor of the St. Louis Pride Parade.

Apparently there’s a definition of insanity which is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome.

JC
JC
May 26, 2023 1:01 pm

But Rinehart remains a clear table leader over her iron ore rival, adding 10 per cent to her fortune to now be worth $37.41 billion, according to the Australian Financial Review’s list of the country’s 200 most wealthy people published Friday.

Forrest added 8.4 per cent to his net worth to take his total to $33.29b.

Combined, the pair now have a wealth that equals the annual GDP of a small eastern European or African country.

Get a load of the sheer incompetence and or mendaciousness of these so-called journalists.

They’re comparing the wealth these people hold to income. Wealth maybe derived from income but it is not income. GDP is derived from income , that is , the annual value added production of those “small countries.. These dickheads are comparing chalk and cheese.

For the comparison to be valid, they need to compare the annual income these two earn to the relevant GDP or the net wealth in these countries to Forrest and Gina’s.

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 1:04 pm

Bruce

They were getting pressured by the trans lobby for partially backing down. Now it’s just damage control.

Which they have completely stuffed up as well.

The Mulvaney thing was panned because it was aimed at sports fanatics and somewhat hilariously Mulvaney admitted he knows nothing about sport. From the outset AB In Bev were treating their customers with hostility.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 1:05 pm

Does a Stone Age culture have any place in the twenty first century?

Yes.

North Sentinel Island

Don’t go there.

Dot
Dot
May 26, 2023 1:07 pm

They’re comparing the wealth these people hold to income. Wealth maybe derived from income but it is not income. GDP is derived from income , that is , the annual value added production of those “small countries.. These dickheads are comparing chalk and cheese.

I think this is a psychological phenomena. If you conflate asset prices and income, you feel a lot better about yourself being on 120k and having 780k to pay back on a 900k mortgage. Even if people know the difference, it’s like a sideshow hall of mirrors for their minds.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2023 1:11 pm

Don’t go there.

Thanks, I’ve crossed the place off my bucket list.

Robert Sewell
May 26, 2023 1:13 pm

Rosie:

I was reading an article about Wilcannia, average life expectancy is 37 for men and 42 for women.
That’s about half the national average, which suggests to me most people aren’t crowding doctors surgeries with chronic lifestyle caused health conditions.

I have to admit I’ve always had a soft spot for Wilcannia. The boss there was one of the best I’ve ever worked with – she was the only person who could ring me up on the boat and ask me to come back to work as she was desperate for nurses. Wilcannia was where I met the Child Bride, and many other significant events.
The issue with the average life expectancy is about refusal to acknowledge warning signs of illness, refusal to take medication, refusal to go to the regular clinics, and only turning up to the hospital when in dire need of medical intervention. Why is it so? Because it’s the hospitals job to cure the patient, not the patients.
This refusal of self responsibility is at the core of the Aboriginal health crisis and cannot be slated home to White Australia – even though it is.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 1:16 pm

It was a great idea, but sadly the engineering couldn’t keep up with the demand.

Twitter’s head of engineering resigns a day after platform’s disastrous launch of Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign announcement (25 May)

Twitter’s head of engineering announced on Thursday that he was resigning, the day after the disastrous attempts to launch Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign on the platform.

His company was left highly embarrassed by Wednesday night’s debacle, which saw Twitter unable to live-stream the audio of DeSantis’s campaign launch, and a hot mic discussion with Twitter’s owner Elon Musk and moderator David Sacks.

Musk and Sacks said the problems were due to ‘server strain’ and ‘melting the servers’, claiming that it was the largest event ever hosted online – but many pointed out that far larger events had been held without a hitch.

An initial 500,000 people logged on to try and listen, CNN reported; when the event eventually got underway, only half that number remained.

Happens all the time: unlike broadcast television the internet requires one for one provision of bandwidth to each customer. If you misread the interest from customers your tech will melt down. Which is what happened. Good on Mr Dabiri for doing the honourable thing. I hope someone immediately re-employs a guy like he seems to be.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
May 26, 2023 1:18 pm

AB and Bud light do not like their customer base. The actually despise them. I think and trial separation is in order with a view to divorce.

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 1:18 pm

Anheuser-Busch

Forget all the tranny grooming crap, I have a simple question: How many cans or bottles of beer have a person’s face on it? Worldwide?

Chris
Chris
May 26, 2023 1:23 pm

I made the career limiting move of suggesting that, with the apartments being developed, we go out to Perth’s eastern burbs and get some indigenous families to move in to heavily discounted apartments.

I’ve never encountered such an awkward silence in all my life…

I live near there and cycled through over decades. In the 1980s or 90s the Labor Government smashed tories by adding social housing to Subiaco including along the railway reserve – approximately 100m from Subiaco Oval. Those now-old units were smashed and boarded up when I was cycling past maybe a year ago. There was a ‘traditional’ Coles trolley permanently abandoned on the walk/bike trail just there.
I have never heard of feedback for that project good or bad – just silent in the Post and public conversation generally.

Frank
Frank
May 26, 2023 1:24 pm

It seems odd the way Stan Grant has managed to capture so much attention for himself. Nobody would ever accuse him of being an intellectual heavyweight, his only contributions seem to be reading a teleprompter and engaging in some truly juvenile agitprop. It is pretty sad that something of that standard passes as being worthy of inclusion in the press.

Lysander
Lysander
May 26, 2023 1:26 pm

Chris – they held a series of “townhalls” at Bob Hawke College (ugh)… but I got out of that industry before it destroyed me!

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2023 1:27 pm

“and somewhat hilariously Mulvaney admitted he knows nothing about sport. “

Glad you used the right pronoun.

JC
JC
May 26, 2023 1:29 pm

SCOTUS doing the lord’s work again and continues to clip the wings of the administrative state.

The Supreme Court’s decision this morning in Sackett v. EPA continues a welcome trend of requiring that statutes have fixed definitions that do not allow for ambiguity at the outer margins — ambiguity that prosecutors and administrative agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, exploit in order to concoct crimes that Congress has not codified and to extend regulatory reach to places and activities jurisdiction over which Congress never vested in bureaucrats.

JC
JC
May 26, 2023 1:32 pm

Anheuser-Busch

I understood clearly how it came to this the second I read where the holding company’s marketing department is located.

It’s in Chelsea NYC, the most hipster neighbourhood outside of Brooklyn.

Frank
Frank
May 26, 2023 1:34 pm

How many cans or bottles of beer have a person’s face on it?

Did the bud Light cans actually have Mulvaney’s face on them or was it a special consignment just for him to make the advert with. I thought it was the latter but never really followed it up.

Chris
Chris
May 26, 2023 1:34 pm

Chris – they held a series of “townhalls” at Bob Hawke College (ugh)… but I got out of that industry before it destroyed me!

Good for you Lysander.

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