What does Julia want to be? Answer PM

June 27, 2010 at 2:57 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Subject: “What! will these hands ne’er be clean?”

Lady Gillard might in time reflect like Lady Macbeth on the consequences of her dastardly actions against King Rudd: “Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! oh! oh!”

The ‘Little Digger’, William Morris Hughes, in heaven, would be jumping with joy at the arrival of Julia Eileen Gillard at the Lodge.

To those critical of Julia and the Labor heavies I would say: “What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.”

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Give our parliamentarians the guts to legislate!

June 26, 2010 at 7:05 am (Uncategorized) (, )

I’m not an economist, nor a political scientist, but my understanding of democracies is that parliaments are elected to govern and legislate by using the legislative tools given to them by the voters in free elections. 

Elected governments, I would think, after appropriate political debate would be able to come up with policies that are deemed to be for the good of their people, and initiate parliamentary legislative processes. Surely this does not always compel them to open their proposals to endless community discussion, particularly in matters of taxation.

Take the current Australian Government’s proposed new taxes on mining and their approach to facilitate and implement them. 

Why should the provisions of the proposed new taxes be disseminated to the mining companies and the community for endless discussion before the legislation is enacted in parliament? It should be obvious to anyone that if you ask, do you want to be taxed more, individuals and companies will answer no. 

The Labor Party has a majority in the House of Representatives so legislation for the new mining tax would go through without a hitch. Bob Brown, the Leader of the Greens, has indicated that his party would support the government in the Senate and with one or two of the Independents the Bill would go through. 

Ross Gittins, in today’s Herald, June 26th, 2010 (“Model way of conning us all”) ably shows  how both sides of the debate, government and mining companies, present independent economic modeling to support their sides, but the interesting thing is that the same commercial firm prepared the data, KPMG. 

What chance does the public have for an informed debate in an atmosphere charged with vested money interests? The parliament is the place for this and our elected representatives should have the guts to argue for a tax that they believe in. 

Anthony Trollope said years ago: “It is the nature of a political party [to avoid] the consideration of any question which involves a great change.” And I guess the same situation prevails in Australia today.

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What do Women want?

June 22, 2010 at 7:21 am (Commentary) (, , , )

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we knowThere are known unknowns. That is to saythere are things that we now know we don’t knowBut there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don’t know.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld  

Red-blooded men are eternally challenged with the psychological, sociological and sexual question – what do women want? Perhaps in Rumsfeld’s jungle of words there are answers within questions that can lead to “known knowns”. Anything is worth exploring to find out what it is that women want, for mistakes in this respect can lead to dire consequences. Look at the recent mess Mark McInnes got himself into. As a chief executive of DJs I suppose he was operating on the principle, he had always had more yeas than nays. But this is no excuse as his rebuttal by Kristy Fraser-Kirk proved.

Be it not for me to be critical of Mark and like most men I would be somewhat jealous of the splendid opportunities he had to associate with many gorgeous women, if merely in their presence, take the likes of Megan Gale, and I’m sure that one would be tempted to try one’s luck. Whatever qualities the hunting male has he must know what it is that women want.

A known known in this investigation is that most of us know what it is that men want, but it’s not sufficient to exclusively explain their desires in terms of cutting off a slice. Most men and certainly all women would reject an analogy that reduced them to a loaf of bread. Some of the most noble of human emotions are sometimes involved in the art of seduction. I’m trying to think of some, and I guess, they would have something to do with the evolutionary biological process. But I suppose that “these are things we do not know we don’t know”.

A lot of stupid old goats will forever make fools of themselves and sexual battles are part of the human condition. Men will too often delude themselves that they have the answer to the question of what it is that women want and women sometimes will think that “these are things we do not know we don’t know”.

Favours exchanged make the world go around but pressured interchange puts things off balance. The world’s not fair. Let Donald Rumsfeld have the last say: “These are things we know that we know.”

I encourage my readers to make comments as it is important to know that “there are known knowns.”

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The Kimberleys unlocked

June 14, 2010 at 5:09 am (Deborah Ruiz Wall) (, , , , , )

Deborah Ruiz Wall's photographic brilliance revealed!

The sea, a source of food

Anthropologists, Yuriko Yamanouchi & Deborah Ruiz Wall, discover the complexities of the Kimberleys.

We all expect great things from these two intrepid social scientists!

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Musings on the Holy Land

June 12, 2010 at 4:38 am (Israel, Palestine) (, , , , , , , )

Miranda                                                                                (Miranda Devine) 10/06/10

I read with interest your piece in today’s Herald but I must confess that I see some logic in Helen’s remarks about Israel. 

The 20th century is replete with unwise geopolitical responses that divide and alienate peoples and territories leading to endless problems. To mention but a few: partition in Ireland, the Indian Subcontinent, Korea, Palestine and the Indonesian takeover of Western New Guinea. 

Below are two comments I sent to letters to the Herald (not published). 

The Holocaust is often cited as a justification for the establishment of the State of Israel. As far as I know the Arabs had nothing to do with the Holocaust, but the Germans did. Why wasn’t a Jewish State created in, say, Bavaria? The Palestinians were certainly made to suffer for the sins of others. 

Veteran White House reporter, Helen Thomas, apologized for her comments telling Israelis to “get the hell out of Palestine” and go home to Europe and America. Her off-the-cuff remarks don’t reflect the official State Department position but they should make one consider and question the geopolitical wisdom of the West establishing a Jewish State in the midst of the Arab Middle East. It has hardly led to peace and harmony in the world. 

Your articles are always worth reading and I appreciate the inescapable moral imperative rather than political correctness that runs through them. 

With kind regards 


Helen Thomas and free speech       11/06/10

What a sorry day for free speech when veteran White House reporter, Helen Thomas, was more or less forced to retire for saying what she thought. (“Tormentor-in-chief to 10 presidents was a rule unto herself”) Her comments were not diplomatic and perhaps a little extreme but in telling the Israelis to “get the hell out of Palestine” she is in accord with much of United Nations resolutions. Resolution 242 calls for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied…  Surely she should be at liberty to comment on the wisdom of the geopolitical decision to establish a Jewish State in the midst of the Arab Middle East after World War II.

David Wall

“It is a ferocious beast, the Jewish lobby.”

Mike Carlton      12/06/10


Acid tongue sinks the scribe who swam with anti-Israel sentiment by Miranda Devine, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 10, 2010

Tormentor-in-chief to 10 presidents was a rule unto herself by Chris McGreal, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 2010

Funny, they remember their epithets but not their manners By Mike Carlton, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 12-13, 2010

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