I have a mate in qld thats left his farm - just walked off a property his family has owned for generations because the whole family is ill and has nosebleeds that strangely started shortly after the fracking.
My thirst for narratives was quenched on Feb. 22 in Annapolis during a House of Delegates hearing on HB 1325, a bill call for a fracking ban in our state. The storyteller was Craig Stevens, a guy with a shaved head, sporting his father’s Civil Air Patrol flight jacket. Stevens held up a well-traveled plastic bottle of brown water and told delegates the contents were the product of contamination of the well of Scott Ely’s family farm in Dimock, Pa. in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, along with his own water being contaminated in in Silver Lake Township, Pennsylvania, up north near the state’s border with New York.
Veronica Kronvall can, even now, remember how excited she felt about buying her house in 2007. It was the first home she had ever owned and, to celebrate, her aunt fitted out the kitchen in Kronvall's favourite colour, purple: everything from microwave to mixing bowls. A cousin took pictures of her lying on the floor of the room that would become her bedroom. She planted roses and told herself she would learn how to garden.
They want to replace labor as the major party so have set themselves up as another opposition to labor, then wonder why when the swing is on to labor their vote declined.that strategy of opposition worked for them in victoria
they still only know how to be a spoiler, not to be a part of governing
they are facing the same issue as the democrats didThey want to replace labor as the major party so have set themselves up as another opposition to labor, then wonder why when the swing is on to labor their vote declined.
In a survey of 173 people in geraldton regionGo down and ask the average Joe on the street what is, a lot probably haven't even heard of it.
The GST revenue that WA received was a joke.Have to take issue with wa
That was almost all under the libs - and in their defence we faced a crippling recession with no help from the rest of the country - we were on our own. The libs went on a spending spree that was in hindsight excessive - but when you consider that in country wa we still have big 100 year old businesses going broke weekly and small businesses going broke daily - thousands of people deserting towns etc etc - you ask what else were they to do - if they hadnt spent that money the recession would have been worse.
I like all except 37 must mean the lightning bolt circa 1997 Port entering the AFL jumperIf I were Emperor for a year.......I am sure I have forgotten a few, but happy to have input.
1: Abolish all Family Trusts(biggest tax avoidance rort around)
2: 1% sale tax on every property sold.
3: Abolish negative gearing.
4: Complete overhaul of council services and an enquiry into where they squander all of the ridiculous rates they collect.
5: 5% GST levy direct at paying off the national debt. Maximum period 10 years.
6: Mandate that all State Govts must put away 3% of their budget into a Future fund.
7: Any State with debts exceeding 20 billion will have their GST revenue allocated to a Future Fund until as such time as they get their finances under control.
8: No politician can serve more than 12 years in either State and/or Federal Parliament.
9: All State upper houses to abolished by Emperor mandate. Rule 666.
10: The duplication of Federal & State public service work to end.
11: Federal politicians to receive their pensions at 67, like everyone else.
12: Federal Public servants to be paid 9% Superannuation not 15% as is the case.
13:Super contributions tax to be halved.
14:Australia to have a limited nuclear operated fleet including ships and subs.
15: Car industry to be immediately reinstated, along with generous subsidies if required. All Govt depts must buy Aust made.
16:Super funds that post 3 consecutive losses to members will be required to reimburse the losses to the members.
17:Essential services to be nationalized and put into law that they can never be privately owned.
18:Tertiary education free to all Australian citizens.
19: It will be illegal to use subsidiary shell companies to dump losses from other ventures or companies.
20: The reinstatement of the death penalty to cover acts of terrorism and multiple murders.
21: National Id card to be implemented
22: Criminal courts to have authority to award victims of crime up to $75,000 compensation, and if not paid, added to the sentence.
23: Adopt US style of sentencing i.e. 100 years etc. Life means life, not out in 20 years.
24: Sharia law never to be accepted or permitted in Australia.
25: All religious institutions will no longer be tax exempt.
26: Plebiscite on climate change. If yes wins we go renewable. If no wins we go back to coal. If 50/50 we go half and half.
27: Drought proofing areas by developing better methods of saving rain water and run off water and getting it drought areas & desal plants.
28: All drugs to be decriminalized and taxed. Money saved and raised to be used to help addicts get off the drugs.
29: Swiss style dying with dignity hospitals to be opened in every State. No more barriers. If someone decides they wish to die with dignity, let them.
30:ASIC & ATO to merge and become one super dept looking into all company crime and tax avoidance.
31: Any athlete who attends a Govt funded Institute of sport must pay back the funds via HECS. No more free rides.
32:It will become compulsory for politicians to answer questions during question time, like they do in the UK. Failure to do so will attract a $1K fine.
33: Salaries of ABC on air staff to be halved. Since they refuse to attract money via commercial means, the tax payer will no longer fund self indulgent broadcasters.
34: Aboriginal Parliament of elders to determine what Aboriginal people need.
35: Australia is a Republic with a President appointed by the PM.(Just as it is now with the GG)
36: Budget to CSIRO immediately tripled and then expanded each year.
37ort Adelaide to be allowed to wear their traditional jumper. We need to have a laugh every week.
Well, to those types I'm 'far left' despite being centre-right by this forum's standards (and probably centrist overall), so their political compass is obviously badly askew.Also the hard right of the LNP would write off this thread as just a bunch of lefty Victorians who aren’t fair dinkum.
Reminds me if Carmen Lawrence who said she was a libertarian socialist in her youth. Weren't we all.Anarchist/socialist
I understand that my views are not mainstream, but I respect the right of people to hold their own views (mostly as beliefs, because they're logically flawed )