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Carols by Candlelight

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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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The big question about climate change

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I sent the letter below to both The Age and the Herald Sun.  The Age chose not to print it but the Herald Sun did – but – they doctored it removing the reference to Andrew Bolt.  If you criticise Andrew Bolt to the Herald Sun, they won’t print it, and if you do the same with The Age, it seems The Age are wary of printing it in case they are seen as “knocking” a journalist from a rival newspaper.  So Andrew Bolt escapes public scrutiny. ******** If I am unwell, I go to my doctor.  If my car…

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The American Presidential election

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In Australia, elections to vote in a new government take place every three years unless the government of the day decides to call an election early, which is not uncommon unfortunately. Election campaigns normally only last for a few weeks. The last election campaign that we endured recently lasted for 8 weeks and by the end of it we were sick to death of it all. The previous Liberal Coalition government was returned to power with a majority of one in the House of Representatives and a divided Senate that includes more minor party members and independents than are normally…

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Pauline Hanson on migrants

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Twenty years ago Pauline Hanson told us we were in danger of being swamped by Asians.  Today she is warning us we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims.  What happened with the Asians?  Did they swamp us? But methinks Pauline needs to go back to school and learn some Australian History.  We are a country that has always been negatively obsessed with the current intake of migrants.  As Annabel Crabb said in her excellent article in the Sunday Age yesterday: Read George Megalogenis’ excellent book Australia’s Second Chance.  It reminds us that the first ethnic immigrant group to…

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Father’s day

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Fathers’ Day has come and gone again.  I remember when it was affectionately known as “sock-giving day” because jocks and socks were the most common presents that Dads received. Two years ago I was given a Bunnings voucher and my wife used it to buy pot plants.  This year I received a Geelong Performing Arts Centre voucher and my wife expects to share in that rather than I go to two separate shows on my own. Memo to son:  my wife doesn’t wear my socks and certainly doesn’t wear my jocks so perhaps socks and jocks will be the order…

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