Thursday 17th of April 2014

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 21:51

Telephone company TPG has been fined $400,000 in the Federal Court for failing to give customers access to the triple-0 emergency service.

Sharon Merrin of Brisbane tried to call triple-0 after her husband had a heart attack in 2011.

She could not get through and later discovered that TPG had cut off access to the emergency service number because her phone bill was in arrears.

Her husband died three days later.

An investigation by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) revealed there had been another 193 failed emergency calls from 100 home phones.

ACMA said TPG failed to ensure the service was available to nearly 6,000 telephone services.

It is the first time a phone company has been prosecuted under the Telecommunications Act, which makes it mandatory for them to maintain access to emergency calls.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-16/tpg-fined-for-cutting-off-access-to-emergency-services/5394832

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 21:17

As you know, the Nazi government of Queensland has waged a war on "bikies"... No matter how "innocent" of crimes, bikies are being pursued like criminals without proof or evidence.

 

Meanwhile the Meat and Livestock Australia is using bikies in its adverts for "tender easy to cook meat". 

Apparently lamb can turn even the toughest fellow a bit soft, according to a new campaign for Meat & Livestock Australia. The ad sees a burly bikie embracing his maternal instincts after preparing a roast lamb for his fellow bikies.

 

The 45-second spot was created by BMF and aims to address the perceived lack of time people have for cooking a traditional lamb roast on Sundays. The spot promotes smaller roasts that can be cooked in 30 minutes

http://www.marketingmag.com.au/news/new-lamb-ad-turns-bikies-soft-38768/#.U05lCUZ_VsE

Now, how about making shish kebabs out of politician backsides or roasting the Queensland government pollies' nuts — for having stupid policies? Can't wait for the next election in that state... Meanwhile in NSW, the vino has been spilt... and Barry is wearing it on his trousers...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 20:58

 

Barry O'Farrell was rolled out of the NSW premiership today, yet according to his colleagues he was more honest than Ghandhi and his Government as pure as driven snow. Peter Wicks from Wixxyleaks corrects the record.

Today was a day that will linger in the memories of NSW voters long after the election next March.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has resigned after some severely damaging revelations emerged during Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings.

Another day that might suddenly come back to mind is the 28 March 2011.

That was the day in 2011 that the day the voters of NSW bought a lie — and what a whopper it was.

Barry O’Farrell had run a campaign based around allegations of Labor Party corruption and scandal.

In his own words, Barry promised voters a government that was “scandal free”.

What a lie that turned out to be.

In the short time O’Farrell has been Premier there has been almost more scandals and scandal prone ministers than you can count.

Some of these include:

But wait, there's more.

 

 

See also: the next day, after the morning dump...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 20:22

Landholders on Queensland's Darling Downs say they are being kept in the dark about the nature of serious environmental harm allegedly caused by an experimental coal gasification plant.

Last week the Queensland Government filed four criminal charges of irreversible or "high impact" harm relating to the plant against resources company Linc Energy.

It emerged the state's environment department began investigating suspected environmental breaches nine months ago, but landholders told the ABC that the first they had heard of it was last Friday.

Linc Energy faces four charges of "wilfully and unlawfully" causing serious harm, each of which carries a fine of more than $450,000 or five years in jail.

The company rejected the charges as "misguided".

The ABC understands one of the charges related to a so-called overburden fracture, a crack in the layers of rock and soil that sit above the coal seam.

In some cases this can lead to the escape of gases into the air or allow groundwater into the cavity.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-16/landholders-claim-secrecy-over-experimental-coal-gasification/5395626

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 20:19

 

The resignation of Barry O'Farrell has opened a gaping conceptual hole. It seems disproportionate. A bottle of wine and a memory lapse does not seem enough for the guillotine.

Which means everyone around here is wondering if there is more to this story. This does not help O'Farrell in his moment of ultimate sacrifice.

If the events that led to his resignation are as stated, the problem appears to have been containable if O'Farrell had a good political consigliere. Because the Premier's diary would have been frightening to behold due to the sheer number of meetings, events, correspondence, debates, briefings, legislation and parliamentary duties he would have had to have been across.

 

Probably about 4000 discrete items a year by rough estimate. Multiply that by three years and you get 12,000 separate items.

Given that most people have trouble recalling much of what they did last week, it was plausible that even a 1959 bottle of Penfolds' Grange and a thank you note could get lost in the torrent of detail over the past three years.

It is possible O'Farrell did not recall the Grange gift and was telling the truth when questioned at the Independent Commission Against Corruption, which is why he made the error of being unambiguous. It is a criminal offence to give false evidence to the ICAC, hence his crucial mistake was to not allow for inexactitude in his recollections. He could have invoked scale of detail.

That he did not do so may have been because another prominent Liberal, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, had recently poisoned the well of forgetfulness. The senator went into an ICAC hearing as a cleanskin and emerged as an amnesiac. 

 

 

Even though what O'Farrell said was wrong, the sheer size of his diary provided plausible deniability. This, coupled with a frank admission that he was wrong, made it a survivable lapse. The public was not going to demand his head over a bottle of wine, given that O'Farrell has worked so hard to build a reputation as a cleanskin and is otherwise not linked to scandal.

This is why there is speculation bubbling, on the basis of nothing, that it was not just about a bottle of expensive wine.

Such cynicism is based on the corruption that was in the DNA of the longest-serving Liberal government in NSW, run by Robert Askin from 1965 to 1975. When Askin was premier every operator of an illegal off-track betting operation or illegal casino knew that the best way to get things done or to stay alive was to drop a donation, off the books.

Askin had a terrible gambling problem and was always on the hook to his bookies. But he always paid his bills because his fixer always had cash flowing in the pipeline.

The terrain was brought to light in a book, The Prince and the Premier, published in 1985, by a former editor of The Sun-Herald, David Hickie. The book's sub-title does not leave much to the imagination: The Story of Perce Galea, Bob Askin and the Others who Gave Organised Crime Its Start in Australia.

It details how millions of dollars in pay-offs flowed from the illegal gambling industry while police commissioners Norman Allan and Fred Hanson allowed it to flourish because their boss, the premier, was in on the take.


Gus: The problem here is that the bottle was an UNFORGETTABLE WINE... And by the way don't think for a moment that Gus has some inner sanctum knowledge of anything for him to start mentioning — about ten days ago — the year 1959... I know "coincidences can be uncanny"... Anyway in regard to Askin, if I remember well, his chauffeur or whomever aide de camp, wrote a book a few years ago saying that all what was said about Askin were lies. 

 

 

 

 

see also: 

 

remember when — march 1959... Note: Barry was born in May...

 

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 17:27

Barry O'Farrell did what he could to minimise the political impact of his maiden visit to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

[The Premier's] inability to recall the contents of a 30-second phone call ... compounds the suspicion we are not getting the full story. 

There was one thing, however, he couldn't control: his lack of a plausible explanation as to how it was he did not receive a $3000 bottle of 1959 Penfolds Grange his acquaintance Nick Di Girolamo sent him as a gift just after he won the March 2011 election.

ICAC heard evidence that the precious bottle was sent by courier to O'Farrell's home. Under oath Di Girolamo said O'Farrell even called him to thank him for it. O'Farrell insists, also under oath, he never received it. Who to believe? The Premier's problem is that we are asked to accept that the bottle was stolen or otherwise disappeared from outside his home in Roseville, which he describes as a ''friendly'' neighbourhood. That alone stretches the bounds of credibility.

His inability to recall the contents of a 30-second phone call to Di Girolamo the evening the bottle was purchased compounds the suspicion we are not getting the full story. The episode has exposed O'Farrell's lack of candour about his relationship with Di Girolamo. Rather than barely knowing each other as he has previously implied, it has emerged the pair had each other's private mobile numbers and were in frequent contact.

Di Girolamo says they talked perhaps once a fortnight; O'Farrell says it was more like once a month.

For many, the pertinent question might therefore become: if we cannot trust the Premier to be up front about his relationship with Di Girolamo - a Liberal Party fund-raiser and former lobbyist - why should we believe him about a potentially embarrassing gift?

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 17:22

grease...

Peter Allen was born Peter Richard Woolnough in TenterfieldNew South Wales, Australia. He was the grandson of George Woolnough, whom Allen immortalised in his song "Tenterfield Saddler". Allen began his performing career with Chris Bell as one of the "Allen Brothers", who were a popular cabaret and television act in the early 1960s in Australia [Bandstand with Brian Henderson ("Hendo")]Mark Herron, the husband of Judy Garland, discovered Allen while he was performing in Hong Kong. He was invited to return with them to London and the United States, where he performed with Garland.

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One of his songs, I Still Call Australia Home, became popular through its use in television commercials, initially for National Panasonic, and since 1998 for Qantas Airways.[4] .[5] This has since become an unofficial anthem for Australians abroad.

Picture from Pix, June 14-30 1962

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Allen

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 17:16

 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has unveiled a $3.5 billion roads package for western Sydney, saying it will fund the infrastructure that will make the city's second airport work.

But a tourism group says it cannot understand why the "infrastructure prime minister" has overlooked rail, saying the decision will leave western Sydney's roads more congested.

Mr Abbott is staring down criticism of his plan to build a second airport at Badgerys Creek, saying it has been put in the political too-hard basket for too long.

He says the combined funding from the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments will see the upgrades of major roads surrounding the Badgerys Creek site.

The Commonwealth will contribute $1.2 billion for the roads over the next four years, with total spending to increase to $2.9 billion over eight years.

New South Wales will tip in a further 20 per cent, bringing the total funding to more than $3 billion over the next decade.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-16/badgerys-roads-package-announced/5393682

I hope the flight controllers know what they're doing at the new airport... the Sydney air space is complicated enough for a provincial town...  But at the same time as the road is announced (completion time? 8 years?) the naphtine Victorian government announces a train line to Tullamarine about 55 years after the airport was built... There is no shame in being late...

Meanwhile:

 

On the day the Abbott government finally came clean that it misled western Sydney about Badgerys Creek airport, I was holding a mobile office in Doonside, catching up with residents.

During my visit, one of the most frequently raised issues was, when are we getting lifts at our railway station in Doonside?

The Doonside and Rooty Hill train stations look like relics of the 1950s. Upgrading them is a state Coalition government responsibility but it won't fix them due to budgetary restrictions. The Abbott government refuses to invest in public transport infrastructure unless an airport is involved.

read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-abbott-duped-the-people-of-western-sydney-over-badgerys-creek-20140415-zqv2s.html

 

 

Actually it looks like as if Tony Abbott refuses to invest into public transport EVEN IF THERE IS an airport in the mix... Read story at top... One of the criteria not mentioned in that story is that there is a need for separation of take-offs due to quite disturbing strong turbulence created by large jets that can interfere with smaller aircrafts taking off behind. 

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-04-16 16:34

dictator

Source: Gus Library of old stuff (Pix — 14 June 1962). Note the picture of Rafael has been "retouched" for better reproduction in the magazine... See the war of retouching...