EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – Ricky Stuart – NRL Supercoach!!! Poor, Poor, Parramatta –

August 4, 2013 16 comments
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– Ricky Stuart – NRL Supercoach!!! –
– Poor, poor, Parramatta –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 31st July 2013 |
The fall of the Parramatta Rugby League dynasty has been many years in the making – they last won a premiership in 1986 – their 4th and all since their first in 1981.

It was the era of Jack Gibson, Stirling, Price, Kenny, Cronin, Groth, Ella, and many other Eels legends – it is the only era Eels fans have had to cheer about.   Ever since they have been a Club trying to recapture those glory days and their fans have been kept waited a long time.

The most recent history of the manic coach musical chairs sees Ricky Stuart sitting in the job.  When his time is done it will be proven that Parramatta are a Club without a soul, without a heartbeat, a club where the rudder of Leadership is a bankrupt and left meandering in an abyss where the fans keep showing up, the players keep turning up, but the outcome stays the same.

As an outsider it is easy to see all this – my friend as an insider defends the Club to the hilt and blindly trusts his judgement as a fan to believe Ricky Stuart is the answer.  It is a crime to even try to tear down his belief.

When a racehorse fails to do what is expected who do the punters blame – it is never the horses fault – it is always the Trainer, the jockey, or just plain bad luck in running – it is never the horses fault.

Then why is it in the human world of sport and the Parramatta League team in particular,  where a 3 and 17 win loss record is not the trainer/coach/owners fault – it is the player rosters fault?

Parramatta’s defining crisis point will come mid way through the 2014 season when all Parramatta fans realise that Ricky Stuart is the problem.  What will they do then?

The new player roster Ricky Stuart has promised will be weaker than this season – firstly – who will he attract to the club – money players at best and we all now how that works in professional football.

How Parramatta can be so stupid to allow Stuart to lead the Club down a path that will tear the heart and soul from the club is something only the Club can answer.

Returning to the Coach musical chair appointments see the are list below –

… can anyone remember the anguish the club went through with each of these appointments?

Then a few years back many though a change of Administration was the answer when Fitzgerald was dumped after decades of service – did that solve the problem – where is Paul Orchard now?

Lets recap Ricky Stuart’s credentials – Stuart won an NRL premiership in 2002 when in his first year as head coach of Easts – we all know that he was hand-held throughout the season by Phil Gould and Graham Murray – in the next three seasons when he flew solo he saw the Roosters make successive Grand finals and lose – and then in 2006 he was booted from the club – all the while his player pool was of high quality.

His stats appear below: [Sourced from Wikipedia.]

Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2002–06 Sydney Roosters 130 79 1 50 61
2007–10 Cronulla Sharks 74 33 0 41 45
2013– Parramatta Eels 18 3 0 17 17
Total 222 115 1 106 52
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2004 Country Origin 1 1 0 0 100
2005 New South Wales 3 2 0 1 67
2006–08 Australia 11 10 0 1 91
2011– New South Wales 6 2 0 4 33

Stuart’s Club Coaching performance can be viewed further using this source link: [sourced from Wikipedia.]

During the 2011-2012 period he was a NSW appointed State Of Origin head Coach and was appointed so because NSW felt that the rigors of a NRL Coach coaching the SOO team was too much.

Stuart’s State of Origin performance history is displayed in first table above – coached 9, won 4 and lost 5, with a series win in 2005 – the last time NSW won a SOO series.

For Parramatta fans and Administrators to have placed the Club’s survival prospects in the hands of Ricky Stuart it is an almighty gamble.

At Test level we all remember losing the WOrld Cup and Stuart going on a rant about the referee that is his living legacy.

I asked a question of the Parramatta fans – ‘do you not think that if the players were getting the job done the Club would be better off?’  A stupid Q&A scenario – of course on field success brings contentment within the Club.  But Parramatta fans have gone past this point – now it is the thought of on-field success at some point in the future that brings contentment.

If Parramatta’s problems have not been solved with a revolving coach policy, how do they think they will succeed with a revolving player policy?

WIth their recent performance history as the only incentive to attract players – who do they think will get to come and play at Parramatta – let alone under a Coach like Stuart who thinks the current player roster can’t get the job done – walking this player dump walk is inviting players to be judged based on a Coach’s ability to win games.  Stuart’s record over his whole coaching career is not that great – how do Parramatta fans think he will change that around?

Stuart strikes all as someone who has anger issues – his emotive sideline antics has a two-sided impact – we all see his passion and him wearing his heart on his sleeve – but so do the players.

Again we all remember his post match antics when he lost the World Cup – Australia losing to NZ in Australia – Wayne Bennett helped coach that NZ side with Stephen Kearney – in fact that Kearney performance and his Assistant Coach record with the Storm under Bellamy, was the reason Parramatta gave Kearney two years coaching at Parramatta.

Stuart has come after Kearney and now in his 1st season he has three wins from 18 matches and his answer is to dump half the 1st grade player roster and the Club supports him in the action.

Poor … Poor … Parramatta …

Blind Freddie can see that the problem the players have on the field comes from the Coach and the Administration’s desperation … why should the players put their bodies on the line when all they see is a Club self-destructing.

Players can read the signs, and it is they who go out there and get booed by the fans every week for their performances.  All on behalf of the real failures – the Coach and the Club Administrators.

It’s time for the fans to get real, wake up and take back their club.

The ‘dreamland’ the fans live in is all a part of the fracture that is the Parramatta Rugby League Club … an example – Chris Sandow – a Souths reject picked up by Parramatta for $500+ when any league fan could see he was a dud … even my friend who supported the buy initially has come on bended knee and acknowledged that he can’t play and it was a bad buy.

No – Parramatta will agin own the wooden spoon and in the next season when Stuart has promised all – they will again be favourites to run last.

Poor … Poor … Parramatta … Stuart leaves his mark – look where Cronulla are now – and how long did it take Easts to again be a competitive force in the competition.

Ricky Stuart is no supercoach – in fact this blogger thinks he should just bow out of the game and learn to deal with his anger issues.

Perhaps when he has learnt some humility and wants to give back to the game,  he should try coaching some kids where he can let the players teach him about respect and a true coach’s role in getting the best out of players.

Stuart has to learn how to give rather than take from the game … that is his story.


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EYE-BALL’s Herman on – Federal Economic Update – A conjuror’s spin –

August 2, 2013 8 comments
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– 17th July – Constitutional Reform – This time it is recognising Local Council.


– 5th July – Gone – Ski Part II (Gone is Gonski)


– 27th June – Gone-Ski: Prime Minister Julia Gillard


– 24th June – The Ashes


– 21st June – The Senate


– 5th June – Zombies


– 1st June – Canberra – and black holes


-30th May – What is an adequate Contrition?


– 24th May – Simplex


– 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister


– 24th Mar – An Example of bureaucracy gone mad


– 10th Mar – The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


– 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


– 6th Feb – Corruption


– 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination


– 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism


– 12th Nov – Hegemony


– 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election


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Title:
– Federal Economic Update –
– A conjuror’s spin –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 2nd Aug 2013 |
Some have termed it a mini-budget. Unless it is debated on the floor of parliament it is not that. It will not be passed into law until after the election. It contains updated Treasury estimates. The deficit trajectory is now for a fiscal deficit of A$30.1bn in 2013/14.

It is yet another ALP policy statement. Everything that has occurred since Rudd ascended back to the lodge, is another roll of the dice, attempting to reverse the contrarian opinion polls since early 2010. Virtually nothing has received scrutiny through parliamentary processes only trial by media. Each roll of the dice is asking us the electorate to give them another chance. Given the tardiness or lack of merit of the opposition we continue to grasp at any other alternative.

That is particularly what the opinion polls are saying. There is no realistic choice.

When the budget was passed down in May, I was deeply shocked to find a structural deficit approaching $20bn. I expected a deficit approaching 10bn. Gillard has gone, Swan is gone and so on but Swan is standing again for Lilley, and more. Wong switched camps, and Dreyfus and Burke (it all doesn’t really matter). Hey Bob Carr appointed by Gillard switched horses mid race.

The real problem was how do you reverse the structural deficit when GDP is under immense pressure, where cutting government consumption will make things worse? The deficit and government debt prior to last May (at that stage of the economic cycle) was totally inappropriate. Stimulus was required rather than cutting federal government spending.

Anyone who said the bleeding obvious, that a recession by 2015/16 is becoming more probable is guilty of talking down confidence. But should you quietly speculate on this bleak outlook, then that is OK because that is called free markets. Not predatory behaviour.

Costello did well to put a surcharge on superannuation drawing from future spending rather than current spending in the late 1990’s but it came at a cost. The cost of reversing the policy and compensating in time for the cost, the desecration. Some might even argue the reversal was the seeds of part of today’s problems but I see that as part of the overall stresses created by the ensuing mining boom.

There was a major economic policy shift in November 2007 and from there onward. Australia started running substantial fiscal deficits. With every turn of the page, government ramped up consumption.

The package today at 1pm AEST is currently all about bank’s deposit insurance and tobacco excise. Each are worthy of careful scrutiny but they are also a major smokescreen.

Unemployment has risen. Volumes to export for the major miners are up in coal. A glimmer of hope has appeared for the live cattle trade, with prices stabilising. The AUD has fallen to just below 90, to assist terms of trade. Several sectors of the broader economic spectrum are doing well, as measured through ASX performance. But WA property prices are weak, the mining services sector is sick, the signs are mixed. The problems of major sectors like SPC Ardmona in the Shephardon and Goulbourn valleys are insignificant compared to those like the car industry.

On Wednesday morning local radio featured a story of Mark who is sleeping rough on the steps of Parramatta Town Hall. He had a job once , but when he was made redundant he sooner or later found himself on the street. When you couch surf, sooner or later you burn your friends. You outstay your welcome. Surviving on $220 a week is impossible. You can’t afford rent. You can’t save a deposit bond, or an electricity deposit. Vagabonds drift towards Parramatta because of the meal van each night at Prince Alfred Park. Sooner or later all your worldly possessions are moved around in a shopping trolley. The fridge and TV and stereo were hocked to pay bills a long time ago. There is a core group of men sleeping rough in the Parramatta precinct of 40. The aid services are stretched. No one would consider hiring you or giving you a job. You are sleeping rough, and generally considered to be of poor mental health. Definitely dishevelled unwashed and unkempt.

Mark was very well spoken, and it was radio, so I can only wonder was it all a political beat up?

But the story is indicative of what is really happening out there, of the long term unemployed, how it breeds mental health issues, of those struggling to find hope. Those who know of a better world, but are on the outside looking in. Too often cold and hungry.

So today while we speculate on the price of tobacco and the efficacy of bank deposit insurance, both designed to distract from the real issue ie the fall in government incomes (taxes) and the excesses of federal parliamentarians, do we spare a thought for Mark or Mary (the single Mum) or Ralph (the alcoholic) or Beryl (the broken grandma – who hasn’t seen her grandchildren in over a decade for whatever reason).

The more I dwell on it, the more I dwell on the speech I made at 7.45am on election day 3 years ago. In 15 minutes those doors will open and we will go into a working frenzy. We will assist the little fella to play his part in our democracy. We are the servants of democracy. Today we are expected to help those little people cast 4000 votes. Each polling assistant is expected to serve 600 local electors, and each declaration officer is expected to help cast 100 votes. Today is the one day in the 3 year electoral cycle when we get to hear from them. We have heard enough of the politicians and all their promises. Today it is the little persons turn. The ones who to get to have their say every 1100 days. We will treat them as the voice of democracy. Etcetra.

Within a fortnight of that day as the counting was pointing to a hung parliament, the media was in their speculative frenzy, could we have true bi-partisan cabinet, should we go back to the polls, the futility, the chaos and now nearly 1100 days later, just the void.

Today as the Australian Bankers Association threatens how if a deposit insurance tax is not implemented properly, it could jeopardise the core strength of the banking sector – that is a euphemism for the banks who each make roughly 6bn per annum will pass it on to the mortgage sector.

0.05% deposit insurance can be passed onto term deposit rates, but can it be passed on to savings accounts where nominal interest is 0.10% (before outrageous fees).

Without going on to tobacco excise, Canberra misses the point. When they talk of Public Service productivity savings of 2.25% (having risen from 1.25% last May – in the forward estimates) it is hollow – it is rhetoric, it is pyrrhic. As a financial planner you talk about discretionary spending.

If Canberra be serious about cutting discretionary spending they might start in their own backyard. During this parliament Canberra (the Productivity Commission) awarded themselves pay rises of 30% (according to some 40%). Only weeks ago they were discussing new electoral funding measures.

How about cutting parliamentary wages by 10% (make that 20%) and cap parliamentary expenses for the next term at 80% of parliamentary expenses for the current term (about to expire). The flow on to senior civil servants will start a meaningful dialogue. That will really affect discretionary spending.

Nextly get tough with the banks. WE ALL DRINK from the same well. Your sector’s health is not beyond that of the household sector or small business. Any bank paying any executive million $ bonuses we are watching! We have levers we will use to curtail your excesses! Why do you charge the destitute silly fees (without decency – yet encourage this deregulated nonsense)?

Then comes real change with the public service. This word we use called Productivity is becoming an oxy moron. It is mixed up and abused, with regulation, green or environmental and culminates in red tape. All projects will be affordable. Cost benefit will become a core value embodied in all mission statements. Transport will be affordable and efficient. Taxes and charges must be justified, or eliminated. All types of cash splash will not fall on the household sector or small business. There will be no new taxes in the next 3 years.

And it will go on.

And On.

Don’t forget -This will be implemented by Christmas.

Everything we are currently hearing is nothing but spin. The spin of the conjuror. It is that stage of the electoral cycle. It is time to hear from the little fella. But he has no idea what to think.

What might I say on election day this year.

Argh!

Believing in sanity, is itself insanity.

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EYE-BALL Opinion – EYE-BALL’s MediaZone Growl No: 4 – Australia’s Media Horde

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– EYE-BALL’s MediaZone Growl No: 4 –
– Australia’s Media Horde –
| Author: EYE-BALL MediaZone | 30th July 2013 |
Hello all … frustration more than anything drives this post – frustration at our Media and the complete ineptness demonstrated in the way they report political stories and the News.How many times do you now see a story and immediately recognise the bias involved, the slant, the unasked question we all want asked, the pursuit of a desired answer to a question we all know was prompted, how many times do we see journalists behaving like dogs off their leash?The reality in how politics is being fed to the public via News broadcasters is nothing more than extended personal political battle-lines, all to a cause to serve media barons and their lust for political favours.

All political News these days holds a propaganda message designed to influence rather then inform.  A lead story on one broadcast is treated as low profile on a different broadcaster because of how it portrays the story comport.

Who’s interests were best served when the Gillard ‘police investigation’ story was rejected by the media as News, who’s interests are being served when the Abbott travel rorts for his book publishing tour were discovered and treated as a non event?

The Slipper, Thompson, Williamson, Obeid, MacDonald corruption stories – all major fraud stories and stories all given different prominence and focus by different broadcasters.

Over a long time the likes of Rupert Murdoch and his fellow media barons have demonstrated their willingness to sacrifice integrity and moral standards in the pursuit of political favour for withheld news stories.  Deals are done and trade off’s made to have stories pulled or ‘toned down’ when the media is looking for favour – be it lobby donations for a more agreeable media ownership spread, more coverage, more influence, and it sickens to imagine where it will all end.

The Media are responsible for the greatest fraud of all time – the media barons alone have destroyed the integrity of News reporting – remember Conrad Black, the Maxwell empire, and the countless other media barons over the years who have come and gone.  There is still one that has survived them all – the Murdoch press.

Globally Murdoch is the most influential media empire the world has ever seen – and still he does not have enough.

Who do we have in Australia, Kerry Stokes, Fairfax – ha … small time players and not in the same market as Murdoch.   Murdoch plays the ‘kingmaker’ … and the Australian politicians and public listen.

Neutrality of opinion has disappeared in the way journalists write their stories.  Editorials express opinions and journalists take their cue from the editors.

To highlight the most recent episodes of some non Murdoch owned or influenced TV shows – the following is presented.

The three high-profile political programs I watch are “Insiders”, “The Bolt Report”, and “Q&A” – in no particular order of preference all have highs and lows in what there serve up to the public.

A common thought about all three is that they do a great disservice to the political debate as media presentations. For example –

The Bolt Report:

Take last Sunday’s program built under promo’s in that the PM will make his first appearance on the program. Bolt invited us to see the PM squirm under his questions and revealed that the PM would answer honestly – look what happened: [Warning – watch for Bolt’s need to pursue the answer he wants – not the answer the interviewed wants to give …]

You see the point – the political Q&A is not important – only the shock value to boost Bolt’s ratings. Bolt could be called a ‘narcosis psychopath’ in the way he believes his opinion is the only one that matters. He stint on “Insiders’ was proof in his believe that his opinion was more relevant and more correct whenever he shared the panel time and question. Now his show is on commercial TV and is struggling for ratings so there is commercial value in trying to play the Bob Dwyer ‘Pick-a-Box’ theme of audience drawn into the suspense and drama of trying to trip up the PM or some other guest on the show.

Bolt’s ‘prima-donna’ performances have earned him a reputation that scares politicians. Albanese is the only other ALP Minister to have appeared on his show. Rudd’s aim was to shorten Bolt’s stature, Bolt’s aim was to get one over the PM on National TV.

How does that advance the political debate? How does that hold the Government accountable – there were so many areas Bolt could have gone to expose Rudd’s weakness – i.e. the AWU scandal and how Gillard became PM in the first place – the Peter Slipper affair as he sat on the backbenches watching it unfold – same with the Craig Thompson affair – surely Rudd’s responses to these questions would have served the Australian people so much more than questions about a new initiative in asylum seeker policy that is currently being tested by the people smugglers.

Rudd has to wear his share of responsibility as well – if he wanted to put Bolt in his place and that has to be the only reason Rudd would appear on the show – his response to Bolt’s ‘goading’ could have been so much more dismissive and to the point … it was pathetic television and a waste of time.

“The Bolt Report” gets a 2/10 rating, and Andrew Bolt gets a 1/10 rating for interview style and how he presents himself as a member of Australia’s media industry.

ABC’s “Q&A”:

Monday nights program – linked via “IView” here – was a massive disappointment – normal host Paul Jones was absent and Virginia Trioli stepped in.

The first question asked by a schoolgirl was:

Sarah Burgess asked: Can you please put Australia out of its misery and let us all know when the next election will take place? I have a school formal to plan and people have gay weddings to plan….

‘… put Australia out of its misery …’ indeed – how does a schoolgirl who is more than likely not old enough to vote get to pass a judgement about ‘political misery’?

How the researches who vet the questions allowed this to pass as in the interests of the viewers watching the program points again to program agenda as opposed to true political interest.

So much of the media today are about when the election will be called – why waste all that page and TV time on a question that will never be honestly answered …

Kate Ellis was allowed to state chapter and verse about the ALP policy successes whilst answering a question about something entirely different – why did the presenter allow this?

The most interesting guest on the program was Peter Shergold, who was Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2003-2008. He was also the nation’s most senior public servant when he resigned four months into Kevin Rudd’s first term as PM.

In two decades he served in the public service he served four Prime Ministers and eight Ministers in both Labor and Coalition governments. During this time he established the Office of Multicultural Affairs, headed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), and was Public Service Commissioner. He was secretary of several government departments, including the Department of Education, Science and Training, and the Department of Employment, Workforce Relations and Small Business.

Surely his contribution to the political debate during this program could have been better used – he hesitated on his first direct question that asked him for an opinion … the question was –

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Just returning to the question, Peter Shergold, you’ve been down this path before, of course, being head of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Can you intuit what the Prime Minister’s strategy might be at the moment if you were to speculate?

PETER SHERGOLD: I think the major strategy is to keep us all guessing. I think that’s the key. Of course if you’re a public servant this is very exciting days, indeed, waiting for the caretaker convention to come when for four to six weeks–

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: You public servants are thrilled by such …(indistinct)…

PETER SHERGOLD: –for four to six weeks the country is in good hands, the public service, and you notice nobody notices the difference.

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: So what are you arguing for here, Peter Shergold: rule by public servants?

PETER SHERGOLD: I think it is important, actually, that public servants do recognise what their role is. It is the role of government to set the national interest. It is the role of public servants to give advice on that and then to implement the policies of the government of the day, whichever it is.

That was about the most exposing question put to Shergold – why not ask about the reason for his resignation i.e. the Rudd work ethic in those first months had the public service up in arms about the demands and hours they had to work – surely Shergold’s take on that would have audience interest in forming opinions as to why Rudd was booted by his ALP MP’s.

The rest of the program descended and Magda Szubanski’s levity was about the only reason one stayed to watch the whole program. This is a program that has the ability to get real answers to people’s concerns – the problem is that it to is in a ratings war and dictated by populists formats.

Liberal MP Josh Frydenberg had his moment of fame when he talked about the Rudd tweet about cutting himself shaving – really … is this what Frydenberg wants to introduce as his contribution to the debate …

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Josh Frydenberg, can you explain why Kevin Rudd is so liked?

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, firstly, there’s no difference between Kevin Rudd Mark I and Kevin Rudd Mark II. I mean for the same reasons that Julia Gillard said a government has lost its way those reasons have not changed, namely the tax burden, namely the budget deficits, namely the border protection chaos. In terms of the celebrity of Kevin Rudd, I think it’s quite dangerous because what it is is it’s obscuring the real debate on important issues. So, for example, the day that he tweeted that photo of cutting himself shaving was the day that our unemployment numbers came out and unemployment rose to 5.7%, more than 6% in Queensland, more than 8% in Tasmania but we didn’t have a debate about that. I mean youth unemployment, an area in Kate’s area, has hit the highest level in 15 years. This is the problem. This is the problem. We need to have a debate about the policy issues and not about Kevin Rudd cutting himself shaving.

This question should have opened many doors – why did the media focus on the ‘shaving cut’ as opposed to the unemployment numbers … whatever Rudd’s purpose to tweet that he cut himself – and I’m sure it was not him that actually typed the tweet but some media staffer – the opposition chose to raise the tweet in context with the unemployment numbers. Does this not demonstrate the shallowness of Frydenberg and the rest of the panel, or the audience for allowing the comments to go unchallenged?

“Q%A” get a 2.5/10 rating, and it’s a rating that has been on the slide for some time.

ABC’s – “Insiders”: [or the Barry Cassidy ego and ALP propaganda show – watch heretranscripts here – ]

Cassidy gave Opposition Immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison a good go – unusual for Cassidy. Morrison has grown in his responsibilities and is an impressive communicator. His early days in the job prove he has come far.

The issue here is that the Rudd answer to the ‘asylum seeker’ will not prove to be a failure or success until it has had time to impact. The rush by people smugglers to get the people who have paid for transit rather then refund if people change their mind highlights the desperation these people are subjected to.

This is criminal and negligent homicide by the people smugglers and it all happens far away from our shores. It will only be in 9-12 months as to whether opinion can be gauged whether the policy has worked or not.

Rudd knows that if he finds a perceived solution to the asylum seeker invasion that he has a better chance at the election. Abbott knows also that and success to the Rudd plan means his job becomes tougher in trying to win the election.

It is understandable why the media have this focus – but they also know that short term speculation can only damage the policy as the people smugglers build a case for the Abbott response to hasten the asylum seeker exodus.

“Insiders” Rating – 4/10.

Summary:

So where does one turn to get informed political opinion?

Is the Murdoch press the only source of real journalism?

None of the above programs has any real interest in exposing the AWU scandal, nor the Craig Thompson, or Peter Slipper corruption charges.  I ponder long and hard as to why that is?

The people have a right to know why Tony Abbott’s ‘book-tour’ travel expense claims differ to those of Peter Slipper.   Why is Abbott given a free ride and Slipper hung out to dry?

Also – why the Union movement was called upon to help with the payment of Thompson’s legal expenses – all to avoid his bankruptcy and the resultant calling of an election for his seat some two years ago.

These are stories that have public interest yet none of the three above programs go near any depth of question on these matters.

The subject of a post due to be published soon is the expense accounts for Tony Abbott – as a forerunner check out this excel file imaged below to see how Mr Abbott has used his parliamentary expenditure expense account since mid 2009. [Click image to enlarge in a new window.]

Ho hum .. off we go … the $370 million spent as expenses by our 230 MP’s and Senators has an annual spread of $1.6 million per member. That is some 8 times their recent remuneration payment – before the increase it is a factor 13 times.

This $1.6 million does not include parliamentary staff cost – which can be for up to a minimum of 4 additional staff ranging in remunerations from a high of $240k to minimum’s of $65k.

The $1.6 million also does not cover the cost of the non-contributary parliamentary superannuation schemes for pre 2005 members – nor the staff expenses over and above remuneration costs – i.e. redundancy, super, and health schemes.

We are truly living in the age where public servants enjoy a ‘sense of entitlement’ that borders on is decadence …

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– Almost done –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 30th July 2013 |
The  combined efforts by many have helped see the demise of Gillard from our Parliamentary ranks.  Yet – the job is still not done –

For now those who fought for her removal can take a break and feel the satisfaction in their accomplishment.

Ms Gillard has abandoned her Victorian Home and her constituents and is moving herself back to South Australia – already packed and vacated well ahead of her parliamentary responsibilities.  It is so typical of how our democracy is no longer about the people but about the individual.

Can you see a football captain sacked quitting the team … perhaps not the ideal analogy … but the context is relevant.   Gillard was voted to represent the people who lived in her electorate – not to be the PM but to be representative of constituency.  Why has she deserted them and please don’t think that because an election is looming is a legitimate reason.

She will be provided with a parliamentary pension somewhere near $200k+, to go along with additional perks as an ex-PM to fund the rest of her life.

Her criminal past renders her as a person who should not be entitled to live off the public purse.

In the time since Gillard was replaced by Rudd – some 4 weeks ago – the political fortunes of the ALP have responded – another reason to congratulate the efforts over the last 30 odd months to have her removed.

But from this bloggers perspective it was not so much about the ALP v coalition – Gillard had a criminal past all ALP parliamentarians knew about yet they still elevated her to be our PM.   Those who fostered, schemed, lobbied, and voted for her promotion,  now have to deal with their own roles played in her elevation.   This should never have happened and those responsible all have to be made accountable.

There is too much invested in the AWU scandal and if Mr Rudd tries to make it go away, and the same for the Craig Thompson, Peter Slipper, and the Eddie Obeid corruption scandals, he will find his political revival will be short-lived.

Justice has to be served and seen to be served.  Our parliamentary system is constantly rorted by corrupt politician’s greasing their remunerations via expense account billing – all under a sense of entitlement.  It all has to be exposed.

The justice dished out to those who believe in this sense of entitlement has to be the equal of our courts, and more importantly because of the trust invested and extended to our leaders – any wrongdoing should carry harsher penalties.

If the AWU inquiry ‘goes’ away under a Rudd or Abbott Government, then a great injustice will have been served upon the Australian people.

 

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EYE-BALL Opinion – The Reasons for our Anger – we are living our own destruction …

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– The Reasons for our Anger –
– we are living our own self-destruction –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 30th July 2013 |
The  efforts from within our society to fight the injustice and the tyranny by our leaders at Local Council, State and Federal Government levels is a frustrating and lonely road.   Most won’t even think about challenging the problem let alone speak out against it – yet the corruption within our Leader groups is what we most often ponder about.

It also includes how we feel about the private sector and how CEO’s and the like abuse their perks and make bonus’ that sicken the soul when revealed.

It even goes to how we ponder and feel about the outward signs from our neighbours, or the person you sit next to on a train, it is most often about why our own life is not blessed with what others appear to have.

We all know about the increasingly difficult struggle to make ends meet on a day-to-day basis, and that eternal question nags at us – why is it that everybody else seems to be making a better go of it?   The West has nothing to complain about when it comes to poverty and opportunity to better oneself.

The truth is are all in the same mortgage ‘trap’, those who don’t have one want one, and those who have one live every day not knowing whether the next day will be when it all falls apart.   To those I say – take a look at third world Nations and tell yourself you deserve a better, or an easier life.

The western world is asleep and oblivious to the hardships of real live being lived in distant lands.   Yet – western civilisation has lost sight of what life should really be about.  They live their lives day in and day out thinking they are happier and have the joyous rewards yet over time the battle has been lost and now all that remains is the anger at what they have to do to try to find happiness and joy.

The reality is that Western civilisation has lost the ability to enjoy life and the pursuit of financial independence has consume society.  Financial rewards has become the trigger we all think will make our lives happier and filled with joy.

They don’t understand that the more they struggle for it, the more it eludes them.  We are all in a life struggle we don’t really understand and have little awareness of.

The real struggle for life survival is in refugee camps, on the high seas, and amongst the ever increasing homeless … the world is getting darker and soon the lights we turn on at night to make us feel safer will dim, and we will all realise just how asleep we have become to what has really been happening all around us.

Real life and the survival of humanity is being played out in distant lands – out of sight and out of mind.  When it comes to our doorstep we will regret not getting involved.

When our society becomes dependent and at the mercy of military law, we will realise just how wrong we were to allow our Leaders to ‘dip their wicks’ and abuse their responsibilities over the last 50 odd years.

Public service should be about the struggle and want to do public good – not about the decadence and exuberances our Leaders believe they have entitlement to.

In the darkness fast approaching – a lone and despised voice speaks out – one might say a light shines in all that darkness and this voice of reason and accountability might be the voice we should at least listen to – a sample of that message is reproduced below:

Lack of transparency undermines our democracy


| Author: Julian Assange | Date: 25th July 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE federal parliament has received enormous attention in the past year not because of the eloquence of its debates but because the behaviour in its chambers and in its backrooms has been so Machiavellian that the world has looked on in amazement.

What has been even more disappointing has been the stealth with which our elected representatives have worked together (often across party lines) to pass laws without proper public consultation. In the past month alone Labor and the Coalition have come under fire for agreeing to remove several federal departments from the reach of the Freedom of Information Act.

Commentators argue that Australians are sick of the childish and bullying behaviour in Canberra but I think what Australians are really tired of is the way in which government in all its forms operates behind closed doors.

Whether it is superannuation entitlements for politicians or decisions about who should be prime minister, the doors in Canberra remain closed to the scrutiny of the average Australian.

The results are distrust and scepticism that anything enacted by the federal parliament is genuinely motivated by the wellbeing of all Australians.

According to classic notions of parliamentary government, the legislature imposes accountability on the executive government through legislation and inquiry. The original purpose of a parliamentary system is not only to represent voters but to ensure that the government is held to account for its actions between elections. This sort of accountability has been embarrassingly absent in Australian politics for years.

There is an implied assumption that all MPs should act in the interests of their electorate, but that doesn’t mean they do. The WikiLeaks Party will demand that the policies and legislation debated in the two houses will be the same debate that goes on elsewhere in the building.

One of the first actions of the WikiLeaks Party in the Senate would be to insist that there be full disclosure of the asylum-seeker arrangements with the Papua New Guinea government that Kevin Rudd announced last Friday, including host arrangements; the provision of resources and details of adequate medical and psycho-social health resources and personnel; the construct of the refugee claims review process and of subsequent judicial review; and of the conditions of resettlement for those whose applications are successful. Under the Migration Act 1958, Australia retains an obligation to Australia-bound asylum-seekers it may “transfer” to PNG. Considering PNG’s developing country status, the Australian government must disclose how it will assist PNG to financially support resettled refugees.

WikiLeaks Party’s core values of transparency, accountability and justice are the template against which we will examine any important issues for Australians: tax reform, asylum-seekers, climate-change policy and more. We will not accept legislation or government policy that is based on inaccurate, poorly disclosed or inadequate information. In this way our positions will always reflect fairness, good government policy and practice, and protecting the interests of all Australians.

True parliamentary democracy is a system that facilitates the obligation to dissent. The WikiLeaks Party recognises the need to scrutinise government activity and to defend the legislature against the executive government. We will stand as a constant reminder to MPs and senators that the proper function of the Senate is to be independent of the government of the day, something that has been forgotten in Canberra. The vigour of this scrutiny can be maintained only if the government does not hold a majority in the Senate.

The WikiLeaks Party is a party of investigation and oversight, at one with the Senate’s constitutional ideals. WLP senators will act as agents of independent oversight precisely because we are not a party of government, of factional deals, of big business or of the environmental lobby.

Our senators will seek to ensure that all legislation reflects the WLP values: transparency, accountability and justice.

Putting the WLP in the Senate is the same as putting Australia’s best investigative journalists in the Senate. That is what the dishonest Canberra establishment fears most.

Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks Party, is a federal Senate candidate for Victoria.

Sorry if the intro was a bit graphic – but the despair all around us cannot be disputed.

Whilst new PM Mr Rudd and Opposition would be PM Mr Abbott joust for political gain, positive media coverage, and the hearts and minds of the voters – those who are sceptics and cynics to the future of democracy focus on the greater evils.

An award-winning documentary that is a must watch for everyone titled:

“Decadence Decline of the Western World” linked here – the bit-torrent download link provided here …

… presents a luminous scenario as to why western civilisation has become such a struggle – why the last 50 years our society has given in to the excess of the seven deadly sins, and become the basis for our existence.  Those sins represent the decadence our society now represents and the future holds no bounds for misery and misfortune.

If we are to be brutally honest with ourselves those seven deadly sins have become the norm in how we live our lives … taken over our purpose and the way we live – they are –

All of these exuberances have played their part in the demise of past and historic civilisations, i.e. Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and the like – and are most of the reasons why the current 300 odd years of our current Western civilisation finds itself in the death throes of a new and historic era change.

The greatest concern is that we have not realised we are the designers and masters of our own destruction.  We alone are responsible – just as Rome became decadent in its last days, so has western civilisation and just as they did in the demise of the Romans – these things always end badly.

Be it the GFC and its ongoing crisis management lurching us further and further toward the abyss, or the doomsday forecasts about climate change and environmental destruction, to the demise and division of a muslim verses christianity holy crusade that has been a backdrop for over 2000 years, the summary is that there is no one, or no group of people who have the answers to fix the problems the world faces today.

It is unfixable given the ego’s involved and the history of conflict that runs so deep within those Nations – Nations that were largely decided in post WWI and WWII carve ups.

The current era of Western civilisation started around the time of America’s discovery – people flooded the new world looking for escape and opportunity.  I ask – where can one now go to do the same thing?  There is nowhere where new frontiers are to be discovered unless we talk of off planet or beneath the oceans.

We are forever stuck and tied to what is about to follow – and that only seems fair given that we are all responsible for the mess we have made.

Please – try to watch the doco via the links provided – it truly will open your eyes …

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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review…

July 30, 2013 2 comments
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– 2013 State of Origin –
– GAme 3 and Series Review –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 30th July 2013 |
Again the SOO Game 3 decider contest was true, fierce, and absorbing … some two weeks after the event the glow of victory still brings a smile and want to shout the ‘Queenslander’ match cry.

On the night NSW looked would be winners with possession and the tiring QLD forward pack.   Yet the scoreboard did not favour them in the end result.

The immediate post match questions are mountainous – so too with the benefit of time lapsed to consider the efforts of both teams.

In both scenarios it comes down to one thing – what was missing from the NSW effort to get them over the line?

Too have had that much ball possession in the 20 minutes prior to half-time, and then again in the last 20 minutes of the 2nd half and not be able to post a winning score, points to greater issues other than the efforts and committment the players left on the field.

Gallen and Hayne missed Game 3 – would they have made the difference if they played?  We’ll never know but they have not been the difference in the past in terms of NSW winning a decider.

During post match interviews the word being used by NSW coaches and players was ‘clinical’ or lack of  – to that I say ‘composure’ and ‘self-belief’ are better points of reference …

NSW on the back-end of an 8 year drought have already written off next year because QLD host two games in 2014 – already NSW are displaying that defeatist attitude and that is the problem every NSW player has never tasted SOO victory and some have been there for many of the 8 years of losses.

Whilst the crowds and the TV audience are posting new records every season – and the games themselves thrill the audience with their intensity and brutality – continued excuses for NSW losses only avoid the cold hard truth and that truth comes in many forms.

Phil Gould’s interview shown pre-match with Smith, Kronk, Thurston and Slater tells much of the story – this group of players have been together since junior league learning and feeding off each other all their league careers.  Bonds like that can never be forged – this is truly a QLD side of which legends are made from.

Gordon Tallis made the comment in the pre-match build-up –

“…Qld have a team full of stars and anyone of those individuals can take the game by the scruff of the neck when needed – NSW have no-one who can do that… that’s why I pick QLD to win.”

Never has a comment proved so poetic as Game 3 played itself out.

QLD were gone in the back-end of both halves – be it the aging QLD team, the mystifying mistakes they make – or the 50-50 ref calls all going NSW’s way – NSW had enough ball to win this game thrice over …

Yet their failure to get the job done given all the positives they had to work with – the failure to post points comes down to the options taken by the halves.

During that last 10 minutes when NSW drew themselves to a 12-10 score line – every QLD’er watching had fear in their mind as they believed NSW would run over the top and end the winning streak.

If NSW coach Daly was honest he would tell all they he also believed NSW would win the game from that position – the game was there to be won and yet again NSW found a way to lose … QLD did not win this game – NSW lost it.

Gould would have believed in the NSW victory as well – but he knew as he has known all along – NSW don’t have what QLD have – the ability to turn adversity, the ability to weather the momentum shifts, the story is that as much as the hype demands NSW are in the contest – NSW have forgotten how to win important games.

The myth that QLD’s have greater ‘ticker’, greater ‘belief’, and greater ‘composure’ lives on and was proved once again.

Those north of the border say it every year in the wash-up – NSW can’t match QLD for heart and soul – and the NSW team Management say otherwise – but the truth is that every Queenslander knows that beating NSW in SOO is a blood sport that cannot be underestimated.

QLD’s believe in the symbolism of SOO victories and when defeat comes – all QLD will feel a sense of loss that will have no bounds.  This is what QLD players feel and play for – a responsibility worn as proudly and all those who have gone before.

NSW don’t have this inner soul that comprehends – they had it once under Gould, and during the 90’s – but these recent teams have not come near what those teams showed on the field in terms of heart and soul.

It can all be traced back to the biggest winning margin in Origin history – NSW crushed QLD when they posted more than 50 points in the year before the winning streak began.

The NSW player antics in post try celebrations will live in QLD memory forever.  Those dark days in QLD SOO history is what drives the coaches, the players, and the QLD supporters – never again …

NSW don’t get it – in that contest they disrespected the game and the contest – they now deserve their humiliation in 8 series losses – never once has QLD disrespected the NSW efforts or the team players in those victories.

QLD has class – and when NSW understand that their losing streak is based on their biggest victory – perhaps they might get some understanding where the QLD spirit comes from.

Another reality is NSW play as individuals – they claim to have the will and the determination, and at this level there is nothing special about that commitment – it is about how far they will go as a team and as individuals to spend themselves physically, and emotionally on the field.

Of course ability and insight to the game is just as important and that comes down to individual player ability – QLD’s dominance comes down to their halves combination over many years.   In Pearce NSW have committed themselves for four series now and he has demonstrated from a QLD perspective that he is the weak link – Soward, Carney, and now Maloney – have been his five-eight combinations and they have come and gone and Pearce still remains.

Look to Pearce’s club form and measure the stats for the re-starts he gets when in the opposition 22 – his conversion rate is the worst in the league – how can NSW selectors think that at the SOO level his record would improve or get any better?

I believed NSW had the forward pack to dominate the aging and smaller QLD pack in this series – Game 1 proved that.  Game 2 they went walkabout – and Game 3 they again stood up and were the better pack on the field.   As a team the NSW halves just don’t make it work and QLD love to see Pearce at half – they see it as a choice that favours them.

Can QLD make it 10 in a row – the odds have shortened and where can NSW go to get the players needed that are not mentally scarred?

Well done QLD – suck it up NSW and in the next year try to be humble as you contemplate the enormity of QLD’s efforts.


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EYE-BALL Opinion – Get Old and Get Sacked – QLD Health Minister destroys careers –

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– Get Old and Get Sacked –
– QLD Health Minister destroys careers –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 18th July 2013 |
The  QLD Government has taken career opportunity to new lengths when it agreed with a policy to sack long-term and experience nursing staff to make way for raw and new graduates.

Read story below:

Experienced nurses axed to make way for graduates in Metro North restructure


| Author: Janelle Miles | Date: 18th July 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

DOZENS of experienced nurses will be axed from northside Brisbane hospitals to make way for unemployed graduates.

Nurses have received letters signed by Metro North Health’s Nursing and Midwifery Services executive director Lesley Fleming outlining the changes, to take effect from July 31.

“As part of the consultation process we will address likely effects of the changes on employees, including number and category of employees likely to be dismissed,” the letter said.

Documents supplied to the Queensland Nurses Union indicate up to 140 full-time experienced bedside nurses, out of about 3500, will lose their jobs under the restructure.

Hospitals affected include the Royal Brisbane and Women’s, Prince Charles, Redcliffe, Caboolture and Kilcoy.

The restructure will make way for the employment of 140 graduate nurses.

Queensland Nurses Union secretary Beth Mohle said the restructure, and loss of experienced registered nurses, came on top of more than 350 nursing redundancies in Metro North since the election of the Newman Government in March last year.

“It’s absolutely outrageous,” she said. “Our phones have been running hot with distressed nurses contacting us.

“This is just totally unacceptable. We need to find a solution for employing new graduates, as we’ve been saying for some time, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of experienced registered nurses who have done nothing but give loyal and hardworking service.”

A spokesman for Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the minister endorsed the strategies Metro North Health had put in place the ensure the long-term viability of the nursing profession through providing opportunities for graduate nurses.

Metro North Health was contacted for comment.

This decision boggles the mind – the wealth of experience and knowledge lost in those 140 positions can never be recovered – how many mistakes will now be made with patients because of the loss of that experience.

Then there is the realisation that careers now end on someone elses decision – how does 140 experience nurses start a new career or placement when Government Health funding is beyond its limits. The chances of these displaced nurses getting similar employment have to be poor – particularly when Government policy is to replace experienced and long-term employees with raw an inexperience graduates.

This story is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stupidity within Government – politicians in positions to make these types of dumb decisions need to be exposed and made accountable for the decisions made.   How can a decision like this be justified?

If there are no nursing positions available for new Graduates – why do honest hard-working nurses need to be sacked to make way for raw recruits?  This is an abomination of a decision and needs to be fought at every opportunity – else all ages workers will be on the scrap heap as other Departments and Employers take their que from this policy.

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