Light blogging ahead

A combination of work, travel and my book commitment means that blogging here will be light for the next few months. I plan to post excerpts from the book in progress, and I’ll try to put up open threads from time to time.

35 thoughts on “Light blogging ahead

  1. @Alice

    The Lane Cove construction was mighty annoying even before the toll road opened. One of my friends decided on the spot to never use the toll but to find “detours” around it. As you would be aware, the natural geography doesn’t leave much in the way of alternatives. The congestion on Epping Road was to be expected.

    Back in 2001 when I was considering the move to Sydney, friends warned me about the traffic. Now back then I’d sold my car – wreck – and planned to use public transport. I bought a Gregory’s street map of Sydney and was reassured to see on the back cover a rail network diagram, complete with a Chatswood to Epping rail. It didn’t enter my attention that the C-to-E line was a dashed line…
    Well I did find out about it being a proposed line and was none too happy to hear it.

    Damn shame about your sister; I am aware of how the public service super works, up to a point. Odd how the potential loss of a few log-chopper jobs somewhere can stir up emotions yet loss of public servant jobs brings a reaction of “Good!”.

  2. holy crap! you guys just reminded me, a few days ago I took the gateway bridge (now without any physical way of paying), and I just remembered the seeing a sign that said “3 days to pay”, and “”. if not for your passing reference, I would have completely forgotten and probably been slugged with some ridiculous fine.

    well, off to the “go via” page to figure out how the buggery I’m meant to pay my $3, given that I don’t have a credit card….

  3. Exactly Don,

    re my sister…what really amazes me is that they want to privatise an entire department and yet they offer the public servant to go to the private organisation but cant take their super with them. Of course she cant do that. There is no security once you transfer. They could chuck you out immediately (and they lose thirty years of super as in my sisters case – why would public servants transfer??. They wont, of course they wont….). It effectively means, if she doesnt accept public service offers 1,2 and 3 (anywhere across the country) she is unemployed once the LSL runs out.

    Great initiative. Hundreds out of work. As for the loggers being out of work, of course there is usually a private sector timber corporation putting pressure on Govts isnt there (funding lobby groups)?.

    As for the people that say “good” when public service jobs are lost – they wont be saying “good” forever Don. Public servants spend money too.

  4. Alice, regards your sister. A Faustian choice it may be but if my two bob’s worth is of any use I recommend she take the bush option. I did it some years ago and the far west of NSW has many pleasant memories. I was a bit younger than your sis but if she can manage her affairs – a very big ask I know – she will enjoy the change.

  5. Pablo – thanks for the advice…Ill pass it on. She elected many years ago to retire at 55 anyway…so it would cover the gap…except for relocation expenses and Im not sure that would be in the deal. It would be a shame if she wanted to work longer though. However, if she retires before that and doesnt take a Bourke option, she cannot get her super and must run down other savings before she would be eligible for unemployment benefits etc. So there is a potential two year gap as it stands…

  6. TerjeP at 16: Do you want to buy shares in the Harbour Bridge? If you seriously believe the TRUenergy claim that it will not do any maintenance and risk losing consierable income in the event of a station failure (an eventual result of not doing maintenance), then you swallow uncritically any propaganda by a company. And that’s even excluding the fact that a utility that threatens it will not do any maintenance does not deserve to be in the business. The threat reminds me of the claims when the Whitlam Government tariffs in the 1970s and local clothing manufacturers and unions claimed it would cost more jobs than the industries actually employed. A reality check in always in order.

  7. In the previous post, “consideable income” should, of course, by considerable income and the sentence beginning “The threat..” should read when the Whitlam Government cut tariffs in the 1970s… My apologies.

  8. @Paul Walter. Thanks for that. To all commenters, please note that I have to come down hard sometimes to keep this blog a useful forum for discussion. My judgements aren’t always right, any more than those of the ref who denies an obvious free kick for your side, but it doesn’t help to argue with the ref, so I’m grateful to those who take a time-out or other call with good grace, rather than arguing back.

    I’m travelling with v limited Internet access at present, but I hope to post something from the book before too long.

  9. Retiring at 55 years of age would be good! seeing I am 55 years of age,and am dagging around for my next assignment in the paddock with fireweed,there is so much justice in Australia,I might as well have a holiday with Ostrich Airlines and join all the other worshippers of sun and sand!Where’s the sun!Wears the sand?

  10. TerjeP, you “argue that a key problem is that currency isn’t created by the private sector. It ought to be. In Australia it mostly was prior to 1910.”

    Well exactly. Look how well we sailed through the 1890s depression with nary a problem…

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