Right To Abode Parliament Debacle

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Hamish McKenna

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Right To Abode Parliament Debacle On Again

The new citizenship woes for the Australian Parliament involve the “right to abode” which, it seems, is rife amongst our politicians.

This right to abode gives the members of parliament in question [possibly 20 or more] the right to travel to the UK and take up permanent residence there. This again equates to them holding dual citizenship.

It must surely make you wonder why on earth this was not sorted out with the last round in which the high court ruled that they could not represent you in parliament.

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Climate Change

Ulterior Motive

Is it not possible that they are using this as a smokescreen to hide the fact that the government is shying away from its responsibility to address the global issue of climate change?

I may be wrong in saying that, I hope I am.

Read about climate change in Australia here.

Tankers Attacked Push Fuel Prices Up

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Oil Tanker Fire
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

Oil Tankers Attacked In Gulf Of Oman

The US appears to be pointing the finger of blame directly at Iran for the attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

This incident has already been called an invasion of the right to navigate our seas.

My big worry is that President Trump will call a state of war against Iran and throw the entire worlds economy up the spout. We don’t need another GFC* when we are still in recovery from the last one.

But then again, if Iran has done this violent act, the country should be held to account. The thing is though, I read that neither of the two oil tankers attacked were American, One was Norwegian and I think the other was Japanese. I don’t recall hearing of Iran being in conflict with either of those countries so the powers that be (Trump) will need to be very sure of their information before any action is taken.

GFC* Global Financial Crisis

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Pauline Hanson Has A Great Idea?

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Pauline Hanson's Great Idea

I heard today that Pauline Hanson is intending to block the government’s tax reforms unless they agree to her plan of building a new coal-fired power station. ER, WHAT?

Greenhouse gases that’s what. Why can she not insist on something sensible like giving all Australians subsidised installation costs for solar energy systems? Even if there is no feed in tariff it would save on energy bills for all consumers whether renting or owning. Landlords would have a tax offset in their tax returns and end of the financial year. Plus we would be cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.

THE WHOLE PLANET WINS!

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Global Warming Issue

Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Global Warming

The Election is over and done with. Now comes the business of governing. The re-elected government of Australia does not recognise Global Warming as an issue worthy of being prioritised.

Our weather patterns are changing. The reef system around Australia is under threat. We get severe weather events more frequently, cyclones are becoming more violent.

Our oceans are heating up. There was a report of a Blue Ringed Octopus as far south in Western Australia as Yanchep lagoon. That is just one hour north of Perth.

In the U.S. there have been far more tornados wreaking havoc than in previous seasons.

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This photo shows what a tornado did to the U.S. town of Moore, Oklahoma.

Sir David Attenborough has said that Global Warming is an issue that affects us all.

Our home is sick. We need to cure it. It is time to lobby your local Member of Parliament to raise the subject in the house. One idea is to pass an act that prevents developers from clearing great tracts of land for housing.

I am not saying that we should stop building homes, but rather that we develop estates in a way that mature trees can be kept. Trees are an essential part of the ecology. I will always set up my picnic rug under a tree when in a national park BBQ area and I am sure you do the same if possible. Trees keep us cool.

As to the graziers, trees prevent erosion. So if you plant more trees, your stock will have shade, there is less chance that your topsoil will get washed away in a flash flood and your feed will grow better.

I am sure that some of you will think that I am taking a very simplistic view of Global Warming.

But, hey! The simple things are what matter in life.

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Federal or Feral Government?

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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General Election / Federal or Feral?

The General Election is upon us. Will we get a Federal or a Feral Government?

The last weeks campaigning has seen both political leaders of the major contenders traverse the continent in attempts to woo voters in their direction.

Bill Shorten has spent the week avoiding or evading questions about where the money is to come from for all the proposed improvements.

Scott Morrison has spent the same week avoiding questions related to environmental or climate change issues.

Morrison speaks with confidence and emotion.

Shorten speaks in a monotone voice apparently void of conviction.

I am confident that whichever party wins our election will shake up their respective cabinets, moving people experienced in certain aspects of governing into roles that they need to learn by hitting the ground running (so to speak).

Do we trust the Labor party to improve our economy, increase real employment, make housing affordable while keeping our books well balanced?

Or do we trust the Liberal Coalition to look after all of the same important issues while swapping leaders at a whim?

Sure, Scott Morrison has introduced legislation to make a leadership spill more difficult. But not impossible.

Meanwhile, the poor old Koala (now an endangered species) is suffering quietly in the background while it’s habitat is cleared for the development of industrial and residential areas.

Urban sprawl is pretty much unstoppable unless we introduce a one-child policy or something else equally as horrendous. But can we please look after our unique fauna? They deserve to have a home to live in too.

Harry

So, on Saturday, May 18th. think carefully before you vote.

I would honestly vote for Harry if I could. I am sure he is much more trustworthy than any politician could ever be.

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