Woke up on the first day on the Celebrity Millenium cruise to find our door severely damaged. It resembled a attempted break in .
Woke up on the first day on the Celebrity Millenium cruise to find our door severely damaged. It resembled a attempted break in .
Barnaby Joyce has a number of problems with his personal life and journalists are claiming that, because it’s personal, the public have no right to know.
I disagree, the issues that affect the deputy prime minister’s life is our business and so it should be.
The problem of his alcohol abuse in itself is a national shame and sets the wrong example for punters. His personal life, if rumours are true, are shameful. Whatever affects his family affects all Australians. As the second most senior politician in the country he has a duty to come clean and advise the public before his upcoming election.
If it’s true that he is having a affair with a staff member we have a right to know, if that staff member is in a advanced state of pregnancy we have even more reason to be told the truth .
The media have no right to suppress the truth if the truth is known.
A town steeped in history, historic buildings dating back to the glorious days of the gold rush and a vibrant history of multiculturalism.
All nations travelling from the far reaches of other continents in search of elusive gold were promised untold fortune, settling in Talbot and surrounds those willing to sacrifice all in search of wealth put their back into hard labour and the rainbows promised by the glint of gold.
That labour built this community and the legacy lives on in the magnificent buildings churches and community facilities.
The town of Talbot in the Central Goldfields shire in Victoria has a eclectic population of farmers, trades people and those settling here from other climes most commonly referred to as tree changers.
Its a vibrant community including volunteers, services providers and carers looking after each other in a communal way, commending every person for their commitment to providing for those less fortunate .
The residents are involved in a lot of simple tasks including growing their own vegetables, reusing the products of consumerism, recycling all products harming our small town including rubbish and recycling offered by our council.
Everything that reduces the effects of the wasteful products that we consume everyday is welcome and the residents of Talbot do more than their share.
Talbot also hosts the most successful farmers market in Victoria a market promoting organic fresh food and other fresh food from the surrounding district .
The residents of Talbot have committed through the various committees to support those in need or struggling to make ends meet
However times change attitudes change, world attitudes change and there is a responsibility to progress along with the rest of the world which includes the community we live in .
World politics are fraught with differing attitudes to climate change I prefer the majority of scientist worldwide who agree that climate change is now a serious threat to our existence .
However some information about climate change has yet to reach some tiny minds in Talbot. In particular the magazine Talbot Today and Tomorrow and the climate change deniers who contribute to its pages.
Coral reefs dying, record daily maximum temperatures across the world, heatwaves and destructive storms carry no weight with the head in the sand attitude of the editorial board of this magazine.
The rate of human caused global warming is accelerating in the years of 2014-2015-2016 breaking the previous high points for the hottest years on record .
The dangerous nature of dwindling food and water resources particularly in developing countries from extreme climate events such as heatwaves, storms and flooding must be of concern to everyone .
But it’s not happening in the tiny town of Talbot because contributors to the magazine refuse to accept climate change, extreme weather events or factual evidence of any kind.
One contributor under the non de plume of the “astronomer ” says in relation to extreme weather events we should “do nothing” we should not teach the children in our community to reduce, reuse, recycle or care for our planet because climate change is “not real”
This thinking is dangerous, dangerous because it says to future generations that the earth and its infinite resources are not in any danger at all , well there are no jobs on a dead planet the environment is not a piece of black coal to be waved in parliament.
Its time for the tiny minds of the climate deniers in Talbot to face the facts on the environment that it’s in real danger and by continuing to spread misinformation and lies, the citizens of Talbot are placed in jeopardy for their health ,safety and future wellbeing
Unless the editorial board of Talbot Today and Tomorrow are prepared to accept the facts presented by the vast majority of scientists and governments worldwide it will continue to wallow in mediocrity.
No longer should the residents of this town be subjected to the ignorance of the “Astronomer ” no longer should this magazine continue to print misinformation dressed up as science by this person .
It’s time for the editorial board of Talbot Today and Tomorrow to face the responsibilities of a magazine that ought to remain impartial or at least present the facts to its audience in a responsible manner by relieving the astronomer of his mundane duties and untruthful diatribes towards the folks of Talbot .
Ugly factional deals, recommendations from the Royal Commission into trade union governance to prosecute her for forgery and the obvious mismanagement as general manager of the Hospital Services Union must make members of the ALP extremely nervous about her past and concerned about her future performance.
The recommendations flowing from the Royal Commission and the fair work ombudsman naming Kimberly and Asmar being involved in the forging of right of entry permits must be proceeded with haste , or is the fix in!!!
Kitching would be the most untrustworthy member of the ALP to manipulate her way to the position of senator elect in recent memory
Kitching is the labor party equivalent of Pauline Hanson as a perennial candidate since the inception of the party.
The late Joan Kirner, former Labor party premier, refused to have any association with Kimberly or those associated with her and vigorously opposed her pre-selection in the western suburbs in 2013 She showed remarkable insight into the thugs and spivs operating in the party.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten is a personal friend of both Kimberly and Andrew and is said to be a close confidant and advisor. Both are frequent visitors at the Shorten household.
Andrew has been refused membership to the Labor party because of past practices, he is a lurker and a grub so why is he a advisor to Shorten ?
Kimberly and Asmar have excelled disgracefully in factional politics and the abuse of positions in the Health Services Union dragging the union and its lowly paid membership to the depths of despair.
Recently published photographs of Kitching and disgraced trade union official Kathy Jackson dressed to the nines hobnobbing at Flemington racecourse will be permanently seared into the hardrive of members treated like shit and denied fair wages over the years.
Kitching and Jackson of course will never have the arse out of their pants they have benefited enormously whilst low paid orderlies, cleaners and kitchen hands have been subjected to the HSU being used as a factional plaything while languishing at the bottom of the greasy wages pole.
Kitching was declared bankrupt after a dodgy deal with one of Australia’s richest men Solomon Lew, following a deal her shifty husband had negotiated with Lew went belly up, Lew sought damages of $3million , Andrew scarpered off to of all places, Costa Rica, leaving the missus to sell her multimillion dollar house in Parkville .
The grub’s father was also sent bankrupt, Andrew is about as tough as the skin on a rice custard yet he is a confidential advisor to Bill Shorten.
Rank and file members of the ALP are scratching their heads as well as their backsides coming to grips with such a disgusting deal done without consciousness and without merit.
They say you can chose your friends but not your relatives I wholeheartedly agree so let’s look at some of the friends Kimberly heartily embraces responsible for getting her over the line in the grubby race for the senate .
Her former partner Andrew Landeryou ,David Asmar ,George Droutsas and Dean Sherriff were arrested for vandalising greens and liberal party material at polling stations and allegedly driving a vehicle at volunteers trying to stop them .Talk about the born to rule mentality don’t get in the way of these ALP thugs if you don’t agree with with their thuggish politics but in ALP circles they are treated with kid gloves because of the association with Bill Shorten.
The HSU has been used by the ALP branch stackers over recent times and current secretary Diane Asmar and her husband David have been involved in shonky practices with the Australian election office, and Diane for lying to the Royal Commission in the forgery of documents cannot go unpunished.
Yet they remain serious players in the Labor party’s branch stacking game. The worst crime Kitching and Asmar are responsible for is the shocking lack of respect shown to the lower paid members of the union they pretend to represent .
As a union secretary, Asmar along with Kitching as general manager, were abject failures and have overseen the wages and conditions of members deteriorate during the last five years
David Asmar was called to give evidence to the Royal Commission about shonky funds from employers to his wife Diane , David fled to Lebanon and found a sympathetic doctor to issue a sick certificate until the Royal Commission was completed .
David Asmar is a crook, so is Landeryou, but they say there is no honour among thieves and there definitely is none among the carpetbaggers and shonks in this mob, most are lower than the basic wage.
The decision to put Kitching forward for a senate position reeks of corruption in the process of the public office selection committee and reeks of corruption in the funding of candidates such as Asmar at the HSU .
Arguably the most hated and less respected of any persons in the ALP Kitching and Asmar deserve condemnation not praise for their disgraceful conduct at the Royal Commission and Fair Work Australia.
Neither represents the aspirations of working people much less their own members while playing the power game they let down all genuine members of the ALP.
Kitching and her partner in grime have sold the souls of every member of the HSU by their total inaction and failure to improve their wages and conditions while they both played the ALP power game
The general public deserve better ,any person facing possible charges before the commission cannot and should not be rewarded a place in parliament with serious charges hanging over their heads.
A strange alliance is emerging in the city of Moreland local council elections the merging of two political elites ,it seems that the dynasties of local former ALP member Carlo Carli and a section of the de Bruyn clan famously associated with the shop assistants union are coming together .
Are the people of Moreland about to experience a new political force in the city. The de Bruyn faction !!!!!
Following revelations from Fairfax media of the wholesale wage theft of workers in the retail and fast food industry and the collusion of the shop assistants union with all major employers and their employer bodies raises two questions
Latest estimates of the shonky wage enterprise agreement between the union and employers has cost low paid workers in both sectors up to $300 million a year as part of a no ticket no start agreement which has been outlawed in this country.
The union has been able to subject workers to inferior wage agreements hand in hand with employer groups.
Let me explain in simple terms how the rort works ,companies such as Mc Donalds who are fiercely anti union are approached by the union with a deal that suits employers by having wages lowered and penalty rates abolished for all employees.
The second part of the deal is that because of the fabulous offer the employer will encourage all present and future employees to become financial union members.
The third part of this fabulous offer is that the unions numbers would be inflated giving the union exceptional leverage at Labor Party conferences and at preselection for members of Parliament in the faction riven organisation .
Having colluded with all the employer groups the union will submit the agreements to Fair Work Australia lying that the wage agreements are in the employees best interest and swear that the no disadvantage test applies.
The no disadvantage test means that no employee will be worse of under the new agreement as opposed to the award.
The new agreement then has to be put to and voted on by a majority of employees ,the sting in the tale here is that as some employees are unaware they are union members because the employers have been secretly paying money to the union under false names as part of the secret deal or because of the casual and transient nature of their employment they are denied a vote.
Mostly young people in companies such as Coles or Woolworths are encouraged by the local managers to join the union not knowing why, or not questioning the manager for fear of losing the job opportunity.
The companies then select a compliant union member to put the new wage deal to employees putting a Rosy slant on the agreement
The second question that needs to be answered here is which is the biggest crime.
Stealing employees wages to the tune of $ 300 million a year ? or falsely submitting inflated membership numbers to both Fair Work Australia and the Labor party to increase their influence in preselection battles
Which leads us to reasonably assume that the inflated membership numbers greatly influence the role the shop assistants union exerts within the Labor party.
The Union is extremely conservative, opposed to abortion and contraception, so is only willing to endorse members of parliament holding the same views generally .
Once again we can reasonably assume that at least 6 members of the current parliament are supporters of this extremely conservative group having been preselected on the inflated or corrupt methods engaged in by the union .
The shop assistants union has its roots in the old DLP and should have no influence in the current politics of the Labor Party but because of factions within the party if it is to remain a progressive organisation.
Huge penalties even jail should be available to the courts ,to the union and their employer mates for submitting false evidence under oath to Fair Work Australia ,more importantly for wage theft resulting in workers being robbed of $300 million a year .
Workers should be demanding that the union and employers should be jailed for this act of wages theft .
Kathy Jackson your looking like Mother Theresa more each day
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