A Change of Pace With Our Editorials

Given my druthers, things among many that I would like to see in our future world  are:
1. A rail journey around Australia’s coastline
2. A return of capital punishment for heinous crimes
3. The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, becoming compulsory for all of our public media
4. World population control to replacement levels only for our current population or less
5. A major worldwide research programme into creating cold clean fusion power energy sourcing
6. A return to a ‘clean and green world environment.

What is on your wish list?

Unfair Deeming Rates

Pensioners will need to vote with their feet next time, unless those with savings, whose interest  so many  depend to supplement their pensions, get relief from the  grossly unfair and clearly improper, ‘deeming’ rates.

Deeming rates are what the Government ( Centrelink)  presume are the interest paid on individual investments to assess pension levels.. Today these deeming rates, are far higher than the rate actually paid out by Banks.

As of today, senior’s bank investments only earn around 1.5 % or so. (That means $7500 pa for those lucky enough to have $ 500 000 in the bank, and for those with say $20 000 in the bank, an earning of a measly $300 p.a.

Solidarity in the pensioner vote, to protect us into the future when there will be so many more of us, will become increasingly important.

STOP PRESS! Fed Gov has since taken action here

Climate Change

Keeping and open mind I hope, it seems to me that the evidence of human introduced climate change, riding on top of any natural climate variations, is a fact. That said, and despite the amount of Australia’s atmospheric pollution being largely irrelevant in a world sense, everyone, (not just the prime polluters China and the USA), needs to join with the  world all over in playing our part in the control of what global warming effects that we can.

The vast majority of climate science indicates that in the next decade, we are likely approaching a so called ‘tipping point’, where, by the end of this century, atmospheric heating effects will ‘run away’, out of our control, and lead to a vastly different and much less hospitable world to live in for those who follow us.

It appears that we will need world wide political pressure, by every voter, everywhere,  to effect the necessary changes we need, and rapidly reduce our reliance on oil, gas and coal, if we are to have any chance of keeping our world largely as it is today.

A friend of Greypath has just released a heartfelt video on the subject which you might care to have a look at and circulate elsewhere if you wish.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Unnnnc9F70  

 

Aged Care Royal Commission

It will be of great interest to many Greypathers to see what this Royal Commission brings in to the light. I have visited many such aged care facilities and have yet to see anything like the matters that led to the commission being appointed. That said, if the recent investigations in to the banks and financial institutions are any guide, we are in for some most unpleasant findings. We seniors, as both voters  and potential users of aged care services, and our seniors organizations, will need to be heard loudly when the time comes for action.

The New Year Ahead

What would you wish for, if you still believed wishes came true?

For our Greypath seniors, apart for world peace, the lotto etc, it invariably seems to be wishing good things for others than ourselves.

So that’s what we at Greypath wish for all of you, a year of acceptance and contentment with where we are at, and that you can find happiness with the simple things we find along the way, in this grand adventure called life.

Voluntary Euthanasia

With a high profile recent case of a 100 yo Professor, choosing to end his life in an overseas clinic, the question arises: Is voluntary euthanasia an ethical or religious matter for you?

It would be interesting to see how some of we Greypathers think

Most of our editorials seem to be of little interest, if we go by the comments, so maybe this  time it might be different.

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.

Snouts in the Trough Again

We were regaled earlier this week with news of an Australian CEO, funded indirectly from the public purse, who is paid about $6 million p.a. for doing a job that his US counterpart, with a business at least ten times as large, was paid $350K p.a.!

After a lifetime of seeing such matters arise , I think its well overtime that we established  independent, national and state, Public Salaries Probity Boards, with sweeping powers of arrest and recovery, if such is legally justified. Those  who have approved ‘found to be corrupt or wrong’ payments, should also be charged. .No wonder so many of the disaffected voted for Trump. This sort of stuff has gone on long enough!!!

Since this post the Victorian Goverment Speaker has resigned after failing the ‘ pub test’, for about $35000 allowances apparent misuse, and now his Deputy Speaker is under pressure re a much larger amount. for a similar matter.!!!

Crime Assumptions?

crimew___________With the current daily newspaper and TV emphasis on crimes of all kinds, one could be forgiven for thinking that we now live in a lawless country, where we should be more afraid for our safety than when we were young. Are the rates of crime up generally, is it area specific, or is it just increased raw numbers due to our increasing population?
Do established Australians, new and/or ethnic minorities, or other, commit more crimes per capita, than the so called ‘rest of us’?
Does anyone have access to the facts? If so mail the editor and we will sort such out for an interesting post in the Senate

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