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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Update on the state election

Actually I don't have too much really to say at this stage. I reckon the Liberals are likely to win a handful of seats off the Labor party in the lower house but there is next to no chance that they will be a change of government.

The upper house is a bit more interesting. There is a new system that has not been used before in Victoria and the third parties are excitied as they seem to think they have a chance. Given that there is eight division that each elect 5 candidates, means that a quota is going to be 16.6%. Thus I can't see there being to much chance of the Greens getting up in too many areas and even less chance of Family First. As for the others including Stephen Mayne's People Power there is zero probablity of winning. I think there might be one or two Greens elected only.

In the Lower House, the odds for Greens are lowered if there is some sort of rebuilding of the Liberal vote. Given the Greens need to get in front of the Liberals in seats like Melbourne, Northcote and Brunswick, the Liberal vote might increase in these areas where it is shockingly low and likely to increase mildly.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Canberra and saying goodbye to Melbourne

I am moving to Canberra in three months time. This is the first time I have moved city since I moved to Melbourne in 1999. Except that was not actually a change of city so much as a change to a city.
Although I am somewhat nervous, I remember that some of the best times I have had in Melbourne were when I just after I moved here. Mind you, I had was just turned 18 so things did have a haze of alcohol at that time.
Anyway, I have few things to get done. The first is finding somewhere to live. The thing that suprises me is the high price of rents in Canberra. They seem to be about what I am currently paying in Mebourne, so it is not like I won't be able to cope. But I guess there is a fairly high demand there. I am not too sure if I should return to share living given that I have been living by myself for three years and I am not used to it.
Another thing I will need to do is get rid of some of the crap I have gathered over the past three or so years.

A new take on an old idea

It seems to be there is a move to try and reintroduce something not unlike the White Australia policy. The old dictation test that could be given in any European language was a way of pretending not to discriminate against the Asians, Indians, Blacks and basically anyone the government didn't want in the country. There was even a classic high court case as to whether Welsh was a European language (oddly rule it was not).
Anyway, given the sudden rush to find a way of keeping those who don't value Australian values out, there is a fairly simple test that should be undertaken at citizenship cermonies. That is the need to drink a beer or a glass of wine (for women only). Clearly, the beer would have to not be Tooheys as we don't want nobody to come to the country. That way it would keep out those of the muslim faith. Or to go the whole hog, there could be a complusory ham sandwich. That would keep the Muslims, Jews and veggos out of the country. That would keep all the racists and bigots happy.

Or we could behave like a rational nation and just vet out the few radicals who give the vast majority of migrants a bad name. That is probably the most sensible thing to do.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

It never rains, it pours

After two and a half years without a professional job, I confirmed that I will join the public service as of next year. A national holiday should be declared to celebrate the fact.
This comes four days after I started a new job, whilst keeping the old one. As a result, I am currently doing 50 hours a week in two jobs. That might not sound like a lot but I have to come home to into my change uniform for the afternoon job between the two and means I am not really home for about 13.5 hours a day. No wonder there is a pile of dishes in the sink. I like the new job however.
So in conclusion, it never rains it pours. Plus there is still a job which I went for the interview last week hanging in the wind at moment. If I get an offer for take one, I think we have a flood.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Another Random Idea or two

I was thinking about the outcome of the last five major wars that USA have been involved in. The Korean War was basically a draw. Vietnam was a loss. First Gulf War was a win. Afghanistan and Iraq are still ongoing but they don't seem to going to too well. That makes only one seriously major victory in 60 odd years.
One thing that makes Gulf War One stand out is that a clear goal was set and obtained (Get the Iraqis out of Kuwait). They then went home.
Afghanistan at first looked like a victory because it seemed to have a clear goal of getting the Taliban out of power so as to not allow Al Queda a base. But then the mission goal got mixed up and they now appear to be in more trouble.
The Iraq War had such an open end goal, create a democratic nation that is a beacon to the region, that it was never going to be a success.
America can win almost all the battles but it struggles to win wars.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Time to replace the coinage

The lowest value Australian Coins are now currently worth as much in metal as their face value. It now cost the government more to make and distribute than they are worth.
It is time that the five cent coin is withdrawn and the 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent coins redesigned to be smaller and made of cheaper metals. That is of course if the government wants to cut costs.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Interesting article

Wasting a little time I cam across this article from a few weeks back. It speaks a lot about the mindset of those wanting to commit terrorist acts. They don't seem to go for soft targets like hitting a night club with a car bomb like in Bali. Instead they go for the big targets that are better protected and less likely to be succesful.

Latenight Scams

I have complained before about the Late Night Quiz shows that encourage people to phone in answer the most moronic questions. There now seems to be one on each of commerical networks.
As these shows are basically gambling via mobile phones, the states should attempt to tax the revenue that is being taken.
Clearly, the population of Australia has too much lead or the shows are just a scam to suck in the most moronic members of society.