Mentioned it previously, busing again on Friday. To forestall infirmity and decrepitude I go to my club’s gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at about four in the afternoon. This means I can feel good about drinking when I come home. How do I manage on the other evenings? Good question. Just don’t feel as good about it.
I’ve taken to walking up a stop to avoid having to stand or, worse, enduring the indignity of some youngish persons offering me their seat. Isn’t working. Going into town, yet the buses are crowded. I can’t vouch for it, but most passengers look like what used to be called “new Australians.” No problem with new Australians per se. I was one once. Just think we need more buses; and schools, and hospitals, and houses, if we are going to invite so many people to our shores. Maybe a new city or two.
The Department of Home Affairs put net overseas migration (including temporary workers and students) at 400,000 in 2022-23 and another 315,000 in 2023-2024. I had to reread the numbers. Seems like a lot.
That’s what we get for saying ‘yes’ to that plebiscite on migration last year. Of course, I’m kidding. We, the citizens of Australia, were not asked; and won’t be by either side of politics. Nor were we asked by Scott Morrison about adopting the destructive chimera of net zero.
On the other hand, we were asked by Albo to vote for him and be rewarded with a $275 reduction in electricity bills. A false promise? Only technically; because no one of any sense believed Albo and his obsessive climate side-kick Chris Bowen in the first place. They say whatever they think will get them elected. It’s not even a questioning of lying. They simply have little regard for facts and even less regard for the interests of the Australian people when those interests don’t coincide with their agenda.
Bowen was at it again the other day, making up the cost of going nuclear via SMRs. Westinghouse have recently said its 300 MW SMRs would likely cost US1 billion each. According to Bowen we would need 71 of them to replace our existing fleet of coal-power stations. Well, 71 times US$1 billion doesn’t come anywhere near to $387 billion dollars, does it. But, in any event, didn’t Net Zero Australia tell us earlier this year that $1.5 trillion would need to be spent by 2030 to achieve the government’s unbelievable climate-related targets, including of having 82 percent of electricity supplied by renewables by 2030. Ergo, the cost of SMRs, even at $387 billion, seems like a snip.
I see now that we are to have an inquiry into the Covid response that will neither ask nor answer the most important questions. It’s a joke which, by omission, effectively whitewashes the policies and actions of state governments, their health bureaucrats and their police forces, which did so much harm. It’s an insult. It typifies the disdain which politicians have for the people that elect them. Democracy is not now the worst system except for all the rest; it has become part of the rest.