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Penalty rates

By | Letters to The Age - published | No Comments

I never thought I would see the day when I agreed with Senator Eric Abetz.  Penalty rates need to be reviewed, especially as many people regard weekends and public holidays as just another weekday.  But for existing employees who are managing a mortgage and family budget based on the fact that they are legally entitled to an agreed penalty rate, reducing their pay would be immoral.  By all means lower or reduce penalty rates where common sense prevails, set a date from when it will take effect, and new employees after that date should be subject to the new entitlements.

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Boots on the ground

By | Letters to The Age - not published | No Comments

Australia is open to US plan for “boots on the ground” in Syria (The Age online 17/2).  Every time the US says jump, Canberra says “how high”.  Why is it always Australia that fights alongside the US?  Why aren’t other countries doing their share of cooperation or increasing it where they are already?  France, Germany, Britain, China, South Africa, Spain and so on. The more we put “boots on the ground” in the Middle East, the more trouble we are creating for ourselves in the future.

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Andrew Bolt

By | Letters to the Herald Sun - published | No Comments

Andrew Bolt is telling us that it is time to axe Malcolm Turnbull and that the next leader has to be a right-wing conservative.  Someone like Morrison, Dutton or even Abbott.  God forbid! Andrew Bolt is so anti left wing it’s a wonder he can walk in a straight line.  We have people who profess right wing views and also those who have left wing views.  Surely common sense states that the best people to govern this country are those who hold the centre view and are capable of negotiating with the right and left wing factions.

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The blame game

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I have enjoyed an email friendship with a guy in New York for some years now.  I was stunned when he told me he was voting for Donald Trump.  When I asked why, he said that most of the powerful politicians in the USA are corrupt and that Hilary Clinton was the most corrupt.  He argued that anyone with no political baggage was preferable to Hilary. Could this happen here?  Absolutely.  It already is.  The last election sent a strong message to Canberra which has been ignored.  The pollies are not governing for the State or for the Country.  They…

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Contacting companies

By | Letters to The Age - published | No Comments

There was a time when one could pick up the phone and ring a company with an enquiry or complaint and the call would be dealt with promptly and efficiently.  But that came at a cost and the cost cutters didn’t like that. Phone numbers started disappearing from letterheads and web sites and replaced with email addresses.  If you were lucky, you might get an email reply within a few days.  But in time this process fell out of favour – it meant hiring more people and training them. Then the email support addresses disappeared and we were encouraged to…

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Faysal Ishak Ahmed

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I had a heavy heart and a tear in my eye when I read Michael Gordon – “Death raises questions over detainee’s medical treatment” – (the Age 26/12).   Faysal Ishak Ahmed fled the horrors of Sudan looking for a new life and who knows what he might have achieved given the opportunity.  He may have been a surgeon, or a teacher, or a pilot – we’ll never know.   Sadly, for him, he picked the wrong country at the wrong time.  He was clearly ill and in need of proper medical attention yet we denied him that right.  We…

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Carols by Candlelight

By | My thoughts - FWIW | No Comments

One reason I don’t watch much of Channel 9 is because I am sick of the mind numbing ads that scream out at the viewers.  They certainly know how to pack them in.  So one would think that maybe, just for one evening, Channel 9 could broadcast Carols by Candlelight without these intrusive ads.  But no – it is a captive audience and there is a lot of money to be made.

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NBN tax

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The Turnbull government wants a levy on Telcos to help pay for the rollout of the NBN in regional areas (Telco ‘tax’ for NBN rollout – The Age 13/12) Blind Freddie will tell you that the Telcos will pass this cost on to the users which means in effect that we will cop this ‘tax’.  And if the tax is – let’s say – 10% – then the Telcos will pass on a little bit more claiming additional accounting costs to them.  I wouldn’t mind so much if we were getting a decent broadband network but as a retired IT…

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