'Copperfield,' said Mr. Micawber, 'farewell! Every happiness and prosperity! If, in the progress of revolving years, I could persuade myself that my blighted destiny had been a warning to you, I should feel that I had not occupied another man's place in existence altogether in vain.
- Wilkins Micawber
WWCC - Loyaulte Mi Lie
"People make me happy.. not places.. people"
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." - Samuel Johnson
"Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself" - Tony Benn
Quite right. A small but significant distinction.
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"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
As i expected, Pittsworth Shire was merged with Toowoomba, but what i didn't expect, was that 6 other shires would go with it. It's the most ****ed up move, as 8 shires (Toowomba, Pittsworth, Crows Nest, Jondaryan, Millmerran, Cambooya, Clifton & Rosalie) became 1, one that is made up of a huge rural area, and a major town (Toowoomba), that have so little in common. Of the 95,000 voters in the shire, 66,000 of them reside in Toowoomba, and only 30,000 in the rural areas, meaning that unless Divisions are made (50/50 chance at this stage) the rural areas are going to be lucky to have more than 2 of 10 councillors.
On Tuesday the councillors from all the above named shires met (for what i'm led to beleive , will be the one and only time) at first just amongst themselves to discuss the amalgamation, and then with the arrogant **** of a Local Government minister Andrew Fraser. Fraser was only interested in being there so long as he was telling the councillors how it would be, and after the admin type questions had passed, he simply got up and left, like the arrogant mongrel he is. Furthermore, to rub the salt into the wounds of the rural shires, they've been told that unless there is a unanimous vote on the shire name, it will be named "Toowoomba Regional Shire" which is bull****. There was a 7-1 vote for the shire to be named "Darling Downs Regional Shire" as it covers the vast majority of the Downs, however, because this has been such a democratic process and all, it will be named Toowoomba Regional Shire because it wasn't unanimous (toowoomba was the 1).
To further make a mockery of the no-longer democratic state we live in, Beattie and Fraser earlier threatened to sack any mayors or councillors should they make to many waves against the suggested amalgamations. A north wester QLD council (who's name slips my mind) was further threatened just yesterday when they decided that they would run a referendum to see if they wanted amalgamtion or not.
Goodbye democratic Queensland, welcome to dictatorship that we might as well now call Beattieland. Also, to my understanding, when such a huge change is made as the amalgamations, a social impact study is supposed to be conducted, a process which the government completely overlooked. Whilst the social impact won't be felt in the first 2/3 years, i fear for what it will be like 5 years down the track, when the damage will be irreversible.
**** you Peter Beattie. Whale Poo >>>> A Bathful of Scissors >>>>>> Peter Beattie/Andrew Fraser
Newspoll out tomorrow apparently shows little improvement for the Government.
I wouldn't imagine things would tighten until the campaign proper.
This article, written by one of Australia's fairest journalists, sets things out nicely.
I think this quote sort of sums things up from an intellectual perspective:
The idea that the court case was flawed yet the executive action by Andrews was justified seems an impossible concept for much of the media and the legal profession. It is, however, the irresistible conclusion from the saga
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These are not unfettered, draconian powers - they are the power to detain based on a reasonable amount of evidence, with the continued detention overseen by the judiciary. Moreover, this guy was not plucked off the street randomly. He was arrested on the basis of information provided by Scotland Yard that his SIM card was found in the vehicle that was driven into the airport and other as yet unreleased information. That the SIM card evidence was found to be incorrect, doesn't detract from its worth at that time, in terms of his initial arrest.
The legislature is trying to achieve a balance between the rights of the individual and safety of the broader community. They've looked to achieve that balance by allowing the authorities to detain someone (not based upon no evidence) for a limited period, where the continued detention is overseen by the judiciary. The balance may not be perfect, but I just don't see how it is draconian. Either you have faith in the judiciary to oversee the thing, or you do not.
In shock news today, Australians apparently view Howard as a sneaky old codger... Stay tuned - next we find out about how people think the kids on Australian Idol suck!
GOOD OLD COLLINGWOOD - PREMIERS IN 2010Originally Posted by Irfan
Is Cam White, Is Good.
Howard's taking a beating every day in the media, it's pretty sad tbh. Rudd to win by so much it's not funny. The only chance the coalition have of even coming close is if Howard steps down and Abbott takes control.
Rest In Peace Craigos
My major quarrel is people voting for Rudd just because it's "cool" to not like Howard. I mean what the hell? I go to University, and I do an Arts degree, so obviously I'm surrounded by radical left-wing morons (who vote for Labor, kinda doesn't make sense given that Rudd is a conservative, but proves their ignorance). They won't even give Howard the time of day, which is quite ridiculous because if he weren't in power they wouldn't be seeing a cent of their current Aus-Study money among other things.
I'll be voting for Howard, and hoping the voters of this country inform themselves enough to be able to make a judgement based on the facts, rather than what is lambasted in popular media outlets these days.
Anyway, Newspoll confirms, frankly, that people have seen through it. Although they approve of his handling of it, there's been no bounce.
As for not expecting an improvement until the election is called, why not? We've been hearing this all year from coalition supporters - there'll be a budget bounce, the NT intervention will help, Haneef will help, the Climate Change policy will help, the Education slush fund will help, the Tassie hospital grab will help, attacking the states will help. It hardly seems that the government is keeping its eggs for the campaign, but so far nothing's helping.
You can't on the one hand announce all these things in the hope that they'll help, then turn around and say, "Oh well we're waiting for the election to be called before there's an improvement". That's about as inconsistent as saying in 2004 that you'll keep rates low, then when they go up blaming the states. Either you have hte power to keep them low or you don't. You can't make the capital out of it in 04 then not accept the consequences when it turns in 06-07.
Seriously though, is this the longest pre-election election campaign in history? It's just got to the point where I wish they'd call the damn poll so we can all get on with the real vitriol and pork barrelling - from both sides
Last edited by Burgey; 06-08-2007 at 04:49 PM.
Keep Your Feet on The Ground,Keep Reaching for The Stars!
And Rudd is a conservative in terms of his affiliation within the ALP, he's not a conservative by way of comparison with the Coalition alternatives. The term itself isn't any sort of ultimate authority, and it hardly suggests ignorance to choose the closer of two major options to ones own beliefs. I'd vote for Pauline Hanson before I'd vote for Hitler, but that wouldn't make me a fan of hers.
I know a place where a royal flush
Can never beat a pair
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