Monday, 5 September 2016
A bob each way musing: The Australian Electoral Commission has released the political donation list for 2014-15 and Google "First Do No Harm" Inc has decided it's a good idea to give money to Labor and the Liberals - $60k for the ALP & $66k to the Libs. So ya'll know who to blame if your team loses click here to search the records.
A let's share musing: Granny Herald let the cat out of the bag on 04.02.15 -Another of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's investments is under scrutiny, with revelations he has a financial stake in the global parent company of the scandal-plagued 7-Eleven empire. Fairfax Media can reveal Mr Turnbull has shares in two international investment funds that invest in Japanese conglomerate Seven & I Holdings. Seven & I's major subsidiary is Seven-Eleven Japan, which is the parent company of 7-Eleven in the United States. The US company in turn licences the billionaire Withers and Barlow family, who own Australia's scandal-plagued stores. As a Senate committee prepares to probe the wages exploitation scandal on Friday, Labor has claimed the investment raises concerns Mr Turnbull must address.
A victorious Gloucester musing: 4 February 2016 - AGL Energy Limited (AGL) today announced that following a review, it has taken a strategic decision that exploration and production of natural gas assets will no longer be a core business for the company due to the volatility of commodity prices and long development lead times…In New South Wales, AGL will not proceed with the Gloucester Gas Project and will cease production at the Camden Gas Project in South West Sydney in 2023, twelve years earlier than previously proposed. Resulting impairments for both projects have included additional provisions ensuring rehabilitation costs have been appropriately provided for.
A political waste musing: I was listening to the hoomins nattering over their coffee (I prefer tea as anyone letting me close to their cup inevitably finds out) and I discovered that the company which empties the garbage bins at my house gave the Queensland Liberal and National parties a whopping $247,750 in 2014-15. Guess they didn’t see much bang for their buck.
A who is that musing: So which Liberal Senator has a URL ending in a strangely inappropriate three-letter word?http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=G0D? Why it’s Senator Oriency Drab.
A blast from the past musing: On 21 May 2015 Tempers flared at a Byron Shire Council meeting today as a crowd of ratepayers turned out to have their say on the $1.2 million temporary rock wall at Belongil Beach. At one point during the meeting, that covered a variety of issues, councillor Rose Wanchap, in response to a heckler in the crowd, threw both of her shoes into the gallery.
A campaigning musing: A little birdie told me that people are prepared to come to New England from as far away as South Australia to campaign for independent Tony Windsor if he decides to run against the Nats Barnaby Joyce.
A January court blitz musing: Look who is taking local government in the Northern Rivers to court this month. Jane Stanford v Clarence Valley Council(District Court), Lorraine Carroll v Clarence Valley Council trading as Clarence Valley Council(Supreme Court),Dawn Mary Allen v Ballina Shire Council(District Court), R v TWEED SHIRE COUNCIL (Local Court),Rory Bruce-Allen by his next friend Karen Anne Bruce-Allen v BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL,(District Court).
A West Yamba musing: So which landowner-cum-developer is rumoured to be suing Clarence Valley Council and others over an approved development application?
A whosa grinch musing: It's not just a sly Iluka DA that turned up on Christmas Eve - on the same day council workers removed 4 picnic tables and seating from the Rotary shelter at Iluka sports oval. When sprung Clarence Valley Council told locals that this outdoor picnic furniture (said to be have been paid for by Rotary and the local fishing club) would be refurbished & returned before 7 February 2016. More than one little moggy on that side of the river has muttered quietly that it's only being returned because they were sprung.
A what's the question again musing: Here is an Independent Australia pop quiz.
Over the last 31 months, since May 2013, 23 state or federal parliamentarians have either been forced to resign from their party or the executive (government or parliamentary) following allegations of misconduct. How many were Labor Party MPs?
(a) All 23.
(b) Eleven, fewer than half.
(c) Only six.
The footnote added last time still applies: not all stood aside are necessarily guilty. At least one has since been rehabilitated.
Answer: (d) Three