In a speech to our Parliament, PM Tony Abbott has explained that
collects intelligence because a government has a duty to protect its people. His
speech implies that it's okay for us to do it because others do it too.
My mother has now returned to haunt me with her mantra…. "and if everyone else was jumping off a cliff, does that mean you should do it to?"
Julie Stepford has spent some time in
mediator in this "little" spat. Ms Stepford reportedly said to SBY "There,
there, lovey. I'm sure your failure to locate any intelligence in Canberra was not for want
The readers' forum in today's Hun [letters to the editor] reflects strong community feeling that tipping in restaurants is unAustralian and should not be made compulsory.
Perhaps I spend too much time napping – doing nothing can be tiring, believe it or not – but sometimes these "issues" appear out of nowhere. Is it a topic that was raised on the teev recently? Did I miss a headline yesterday as I flipped through the paper looking for the crossword?
En tout cas, surely compulsory tipping in eating establishments would be the equivalent of an across the board rise in prices? Surely the projected impact of compulsory tipping should be assessed on that basis?
In State politics, the opposition leader Daniel
Andrews has given the Liberal incumbents an even bigger
smack in the head than Fkn's rep Shaw did last week: Andrews has released a well thought out traffic
I say "well thought out" despite my reservations. At least the Labor Party have shown a little of that scarce commodity known as vision. The idea of widening the Tulla Freeway to six lanes, however, seems a little short sighted.
If there is room for widening and if we are prepared to put up with ten years of construction inconvenience, why not just run a bloody train down the centre of the freeway instead and have done with it?
As for paying for this vision by selling our Port for a few billion – it seems a little like a glimpse of the future TO and I face as old farts. What will we do for money when we run out of things to sell?
Meanwhile, despite a vague Federal pre-election promise to significantly expand mental health services, the State Government has announced plans to significantly reduce admin staff levels in the health system. Guess which area of health this will have the greatest impact on? They are nuts to consistently ignore the true cost to the economy of untreated mental illness.
And so to "schoolies" week. Given its timing, it's hard not to compare this silly phenomenon to Halloween. WTF did this "tradition" – which merely replaces ugly costumes with ugly behaviour – come from?
Is this the first generation to experience exam stress?
At the very least we should prevent these entitled yobbos from going to
Bali and risking our excellent
relationship with the Indonesians.