Wednesday, 30 June 2010

...and the things that make you shake your head

Ah...the things that make you smile

Cricket is safe for another century:

Peter Lindsay's PET program, the longest gestation in history

New Contributor Dee posts:
The Liberals or the LNP have had Peter Lindsay MHR as Canberra's representative in Herbert since 1996; thirteen years consecutively. Now in 2010 as the time for the next federal election comes closer, here is Tony Abbott "promising" that the LNP will deliver a PET scanner "immediately".

The LNP now say "four years is too long to wait" and compare themselves favourably with the ALP's claim that they will deliver a PET scanner in 2014.

This glaring inconsistency will not be missed by any elector in Herbert, so one of the rhetorical questions has to be "how many people do the LNP think they are going to deceive?"

The other hilarious part in all of this is the claim from Tony Mooney's pamphlet that the "Life Saving PET Scanner Delivered for North QLD" - past tense for something "promised" to happen in 2014. Same question about deception applies.

I can hardly wait for the new LNP candidate to promise that the LNP will "flood proof the Bruce Highway" which was always the favourite of Peter Lindsay at every federal election. Never delivered on that one either.
Thanks again Dee and welcome on board.
I too have been noticing the seemingly daily full-page ads in The Bulletin featuring The Monk and his Pet. At $3,500 a pop minimum this strikes me as an 'interesting' tactic this far out and perhaps and indication of how cashed-up the Libs are going into the election - no doubt thanks to the Miners.

Or maybe they're just stupid - spend $3.5 grand a day and not once mention the local candidate's name (what-ever it is) is just plain strange!

Friday, 18 June 2010

After five and a half years - some truth is finally told

Well, five and a half years after his death at the hands of copper Hurley, we finally have some truth about how the police culture and system set about covering his little ass.

It will be fascinating to see whether the Top Copper will still be there in a month and similarly whether Bligh has really stuffed-it this time by recently reappointing him. (I have this strange feeling in my waters that this may well turn out to be her Waterloo and if not it will be because Niel Roberts is sacrificed instead)

Other interesting reading:
  • The CMC Report can be found here

  • Palm Island officer Chris Hurley promoted while fellow officers face sanctions from

  • Labor MPs attempted to pressure Queensland's corruption watchdog to wind back its criticisms of Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson from

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

More on the Mining Tax

Commenting on my earlier post regarding the Mining Super Profits Tax, Dee pointed me to this clip from the CFMEU.

'Nuf said!
(Except that Peter Martin from Fairax is still one of the few mainstream comentators writing anything sensible on this issue - check regularly here to stay up-to-date)

Hat-tip to Dee

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The Government Mining Tax Adds are a response to a national emergancy

Contrary to the confected outrage being expressed by the Murdoch press and the Federal Opposition at the Government’s citing ‘national emergency” as the reason for their $38 million add campaign about Mining Super Profits Tax, I actually agree with the Government on this on. Getting a fair price for our non-renewable resources is an issue of critical national importance – at least as much so as deciding as a nation whether to go to war.

Unlike those issues however, in this instance we have some of the largest corporations in the world running a bottomless and extremely misleading media and advertising campaign against the proposition that as a nation we should must get the best possible price for our assets. Such a self-interested campaign is a threat to our national well being.

Recommended reading on the Mining Super Profits Tax:
The corporate backlash on Public Opinion
or just about anything here by Fairfax's Peter Martin and in particular this table that he discovered in the Budget Papers:
'Nuf said, I reckon

Charges must be laid after the findings of Inquest into Mulrunji's death

In case you haven't seen it, Monique Bond has some spot-on suggestions after reading Coroner Brian Hine’s findings.  More here

Can Tony Mooney really use a computer - Slim seems to think yes!

Hi Islander,

Another coup for the Mooney family as they have scored a spot in the NBN Co fibre optic broadband trial:
But only just though as the eastern border of the trial area is less than 100 metres from the back of their house in Kelly Street, Mundingburra.

Just a coincidence you think? It's a funny old boundary that eastern boundary, isn't it? It's sort of China Street, but includes the houses on the eastern side of China Street, so that makes it a bit of an odd shape when their back fences become the border. Does that matter? Why China Street anyway?

If they had of wanted a nice straight boundary, they could of run from, say Charlotte Street to Bowen Road or Thompson Street to Bowen Road or a few other combinations.

But why have a straight boundary, when you can have a bent one?

You remember how we love to speculate?

Well how about one of the outrageously overpaid bum shiners in the NBN Co being none other than Mike Kaiser, a maaaaaattttte of Tony's from the old days - branch stacking, Karen Ehrmann, paying other's branch memberships, Andy Keogh, Shane Foster, forging electoral documents, Jenny Hill, bags of AWU and SDA money, dodgey pre-selections, misuse of ratepayers' funds etc.

But no, the boundary was done to suit the Herbert hopeful - to use the terminology of your good friends at the Bully!

So we have the next greatest rort of taxpayers' funds by the Another Liberal Party - the fibre optic cable roll-out! The next great distraction from Senator Stephen Conroy (SDA).

Trying so very hard to out do all the similar schemes the other Liberal Party ran from 1996 to 2007.

Do you think it might be as bad as the insulation scheme? Or the Building the Education Revolution? Or the mining tax puffrey advertising scheme?

You can bet your house that it will be!

How many other Another Liberal Party members live in the area? Nice to know? Anyone give a stuff?

It smells real bad from the Slim View! How is it from the Island View?