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Ace Electric Vehicles have announced that they are branching out from solar farm production into being probably the first electric car manufacturer in Australia. Their first vehicle, it seems, will be a YEWT as they call it! It is planned to be available late this year, sell for under $40 000, and have a range of about 300k per charge. We wish them well, and hope that the Federal Government supports such job and technology creation efforts, against future perhaps 'dumped price' imports, until our home grown efforts are self sustaining.
I am tired of the 'big end of town's' bad behavior and, at times, grossly inflated salaries and perks. Now it's the Banks turn to be exposed by Royal Commission. I have no doubt that a sorry story for the rest of us will unfold over the year ahead. The eventual punishments no doubt, will primarily be fines that simply come out of the Banks profits. Maybe it's time we had a true Federally owned 'Bank Australis' to keep them honest? They have had their chance. Please, no nonsense any more about their 'spin' in saying all of us sharing in bank profits via indirect super or personal shares or whatever. As was quoted in George Orwell's Animal Farm, "Everyone is equal, just some are more equal than others"! Perhaps too we should look at us having a genuine share of the pie, via a Federally owned 'watch keepers stake' in other major areas too, such as telecommunications, energy, and transport?
It seems to me that we are unduly swayed by the very few extremists in our country who find a cause, and and create a disproportionate amount of social noise seeking to have their view accepted by the rest of us and to act in their interests (right or wrong). Maybe we could have a FedGov, continuously running on line questionaire/poll, on various 'big' issues, so those so many of us who have a considered and perhaps private opinion, can post and see where we all sit, and not think that if 2000 march loudly, or seek to swamp an event, that they represent the views of the population at large. What do you think?
It is hard to believe that it's now 2018! Who thought we'd live to see it? It seemed so far away in 1990 or so. It's a bit too late for New Year resolutions for our lot, so lets just make sure that, with our great good fortune to be living here in the Land of OZ, that we are as happy as we can be, and that we try and make as many others as we can, happy too.
We seem to have the concept back to front. In Oz, we have to 'opt in' for organ donation, rather than 'opt out'. In an apathetic nation, this means that so many, many people, who would willingly wish to help others, don't, because they have never got around to opting in, as a donor. If we could all be 'scavenged' for useful parts, after death, (unless we formally advise otherwise), many people, who now die, would be given the gift of continued life. Only about 2% of people die in a way that facilitates organ donation, and we have around 400 people nationally, living in the hope of finding a donor. We need many more donors. Surely we could so easily help them all to a better life with some new national legislation?