Bank Australis

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?

Left and Right Wing Extremists and More

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?

Where did that year go?

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.

Organ Donation

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?

The Angst Over Australia Day

While most are happy as things are, we do seem to have a few options as to a more widely suitable day to celebrate being Australian.

Captain Cook’s Survey (Botany Bay) – 28th April 1770
Current Australia Day- First Fleet Arrival 26th January 1793
Federation Day – January 1st 1901.
Ned Kelly’s Birthday??

It may be worth us continuing the national dialogue, with a view to, when we become a republic sometime in the next ten years, picking a day for such change, when we are light on for a day off, (say in August) ?

Did You Know About Easy Mode on Your Mobile?

We have an elderly friend who has been having routine difficulty with the complexity of a later model android phone. This is a common problem as the family hands such down. All she wants to do is to take and send text and calls. Seeking to swap her phone for a simpler one, we asked a young and smart Optus advisor to do such. Instead, he pointed out that the smart phone had a little known option under Settings. It was to select EASY MODE.
This redesigned the look, and reduced all the clutter and simplified the key processes. She is delighted, and it saved buying a new simpler mobile.
If you are having a similar problem, do visit your provider, and ask them to do the same for your phone. (Its reversible).  While you are there, ask them as well, about using a stylus, it makes for many less errors in typing text messages, especially for those with big finger tips and small keyboards .

A quick way to separate yourself from your money.

The ABC will, on Monday night (26th June) run an expose on the costs to seniors who enter retirement villages, featuring one group in particular. Among ‘over the top’ charges, we have heard of horrendous ‘make good on departure levies’ before, but apparently a departure charge of 40% of the original cost of buying a unit ‘takes the cake’….

No senior should ever trust anyone who is selling us services of any kind. Always get opinions from others who are using or have used such services, from house cleaning, repairs, through to accommodation, and more.

Pollution in our Waterways

Port Phillip Bay is about 1900 square kilometers in area. Its shoreline is about 200k. It is subject to the endless onslaught of waste from the Yarra and other rivers, and hundreds of drains. In the Summer we can get around 300 000 cigarette butts a day enter the bay, and countless plastic waste.
Every small plastic bottle that finds its way in to the Bay, eventually breaks down to over 25 000 toxic particles!

These get in to the food chain through fish ingestion, (they look like plankton when small), and can eventually cause all sorts of human health problems.

Plastics also kill endless sea creatures each year through entanglement, ingestion and  and strangulation..Fortunately a new beach cleaning volunteer group known as Beach patrol has grown to encompass and support many small groups who clean up our beaches once a month, to great effect. If you are interested in details for your area, please email the editor.

Overuse of the Word Hero

Why must the press devalue the word hero?

A hero is someone who puts their life or limb at risk, to save another.

A hero is not a surf lifesaver who swims out and brings someone in as part of their skill set, (unless they are taking a personal risk to do so), it is not a 3 year old who dials 000 when their mum is ill, (they are smart and most valued citizens to be, though), it is not someone who applies CPR to someone for an hour, or someone who tries to put out their neighbour’s house fire with a garden hose…

All those, and so many more human acts, are to be deeply valued, but they are not heroic acts.

Unfortunately today, so many words are becoming devalued through over hyped use.

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