Tourism; at what cost?

Why I want to climb Ayres Rock.

7 News just promoted Jetstar Australia’s new budget-priced direct flights from Brisbane to Uluru, not mentioning once the cultural significance of the landmark.jetstar

Despite the natural and spiritual import Uluru holds with First Nations and conservationists alike, it is still being climbed and with more than 10 % of visitors opting to climb the rock and… why not? The climb will be closed for good on October 26 2019, might as well get going while the goings good.

“hundreds of thousands of people every year flock to Uluru to see the rock, now thirty thousand people from Brisbane will be able to appreciate its natural beauty.” 7 News.

Yeah, let’s climb Ayres Rock! Let’s help exacerbate erosion and add to the permanent scars on the great big rock. It’s just a rock anyway, and if we need to go to the toilet, we’ll just shit on the mountain and let the fragile ecosystem deal with it. Later we can watch all the dried faeces cascade down into the only water source animals have for miles.

Yeah, it’s just a rock, who cares? It’s not that it is a sacred site for an ancient people of the worlds oldest civilisation. It’s not that it’s exactly the same as defecating on the Sistine Chapel or the Notre Dame Cathedral, it’s more that I don’t care that it is.

Climbers literally crush the eggs of one of the areas rarest animals, the tadpole shrimp lives on Uluru and their eggs are adapted to long periods of drought and are hatched by rain. The shrimp are on the verge of extinction. But, it’s just a rock and they are just a part of one of the rarest and most fragile ecosystems on earth.

Besides, at 179 dollars direct from Brisbane, who’s complaining? Maybe it’ll spark a plane ticket price war and we can travel all over Australia destroying sacred landmarks and cultural icons.  According to Seven News, it’s on “most international tourists bucket lists” so I’m just going to forget about the great sadness and responsibility the Anangu people feel whenever a fatality or injury happens on the climb and go for it!

The Northern Territory is astounding in its beauty as it represents Australian uniqueness and nature in its grandeur but, unfortunately, it is most known for its stony desert Island, Uluru. Which is why most tourists travel to the NT even though they could witness some amazing natural beauty just up the road. The NT is packed full of natural wonders and White Australia decides they need to climb a rock that has nothing to do with them.

101 different tours and experiences? Nah, I’m climbing the rock.

 

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Modernising Workers Compensation in WA

As we speak, the Western Australian government is drafting a new bill to make Workers Compensation a more accessible law.

Delivering on an election commitment, the McGowan government looks to utilise public consultation to modernise workers compensation in Western Australia.

It looks like this bill will be introduced into parliament by the end of 2018, provided there are no hiccups along the way.

The bill will be developed in consideration to the WorkCover WA’s Review of the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

This is a long time to put off a bill, and so far, the bill will only implement changes that support lifetime care for disastrously injured workers.

Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said that[1] “The current Act has only been amended on a piecemeal basis since it was adopted in 1981, and it’s unwieldy for stakeholders who use and apply it,

It seems the government is mostly rewriting the bill just to make it more assessible and transparent for workers seeking compensation claims and businesses wishing to know their rights when it comes to compensation payouts.

According to the safetyculture.com[2], Bill Johnson stated “Rewriting workers’ compensation legislation is an important part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to modernise the States industrial relations system.”

It seems they have forgotten to mention the rights and issues currently facing expired 457 visa holders, workers that have overstayed their visa and people who are working for businesses without proper documentation.

Illegal workers constitute a grey area[3] in current law and each case has been mostly settled in court; in current law, illegal workers are not defined as workers due to conflicting legislation, perhaps this new bill will address this issue.

This Bill could be a great example of leadership from the McGowan government, but we are yet to see what it really entails.

Main Source for  article: http://www.mondaq.com/australia/x/688140/employee+rights+labour+relations/WORKERS+ON+VISAS+CAN+THEY+CLAIM+WORKERS+COMPENSATION

 

[1] https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2018/02/A-Bill-to-modernise-workers-compensation.aspx

[2] http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/bill-modernise-workers-compensation-legislation-wa/#.Wt1FBsiWQ2w

[3] https://www.taylorandscott.com.au/our-services/migration-law/migration-visas-and-work-rights-including-workers-compensation/

WHY CARDINAL PELL NEEDS TO GO DOWN

It’s time for the Church to pay for its sins.

Cardinal Pell needs to be stripped of his rank and put in prison.

Even if he didn’t do anything, he needs to face the law. Because the Catholic church needs to apologise for all their wrong doings throughout history.

The church needs to know it can’t get away with atrocious deeds anymore because there is no place in our modern world for a cruel god or a cruel gods’ hand. The Catholic Church needs to do more than change their culture to address this widespread issue.

I mean, Pope Francis did set up a key panel called the ‘Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors’ which tried to implement change. Pope Francis even appointed two members who survived sexual abuse from the church but they couldn’t handle the fact that the commission wasn’t really making an effort and soon quit.

This is outrageous. The church hired two former victims, put them on a panel of people who have likely committed abuse as well and then totally ignored them. This is speculation, but I am mad.

It is fitting that a fledgling convict colony is bringing the mightiest religious outfit in the world to its knees and we need to go further. Not just for the children, but for the countless souls lost in the name of God and Catholicism.

From the Holy Inquisition where the Catholic church burned and tortured Europe for close to six centuries to the Crusades in a series of attempt to make war on a different people all in the name of reclaiming a holy land that they were free to pilgrimage to.

The point I’m making is that, like many institutions, The Catholic Church is built on a foundation of violence, torture and the overall degradation of mankind.

We can’t let the church take advantage of us and our children any longer.

I hope Cardinal Pell goes down even if he is not guilty, I am saying this out of spite and with conviction. The church needs to repent for its sins.

 

Big Banks to Compensate for their Shady Mistakes

After three weeks of tribunal hearings, the royal commission into banking has outlined corruption and misconduct throughout all the major banks of Australia.

The Commonwealth Bank has been encouraging mortgage brokers to oversell their loans, raise credit limits of gambling addicts and was even charging the deceased on their overdrawn accounts.

NAB has been found doing dodgy deals with gym owners for home loans.

The ANZ wasn’t even verifying living expenditures when processing loans, this is in direct violation of the National Consumer Credit Act

The thing is, with each disgrace coming forward, we as Australians are learning more about how we are not only funding these wrong-doings but we are also the victims.

Compensation has been made but how far should these banks go?

Labor is pressuring the government into establishing a compensation scheme for the victims of these banking giants.
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According to The Guardian, Bill Shorten wrote “it is unacceptable for people to suffer because of the misconduct of others” he also suggested that, if the Commission needed more time and resources, Labor will call on the government to give it to them.

It is important to realise that the Royal Commission can’t force the banks into paying a single dime in compensation.

Shorten is determined to set up a low-cost tribunal to help Australians get what’s theirs.

we are happy to wait for justice as long as it’s served with a side of compensation.

 

What do the Greens mean to you?

The Australian Greens are going through a tad bit of disunity, but does this really change who their constituents are voting for? Does it mean they will forget their roots and forget regular Australians?

The answer is no, the issues within the Greens will not affect their policies drastically. Voters need to be assured that the Greens will always stand up for what is right.

For example, I just received an email from Richard Di Natale this morning about their “dope plan” and the JUST LEGALISE IT campaign; they want to make marijuana legal for adult use.

In the early days Bob Brown campaigned for the natural beauty of Tasmania, this captured people’s hearts, this is what gained momentum for the Greens.

With Di Natale shredding his own party members and blaming sniping and bullying as the reasons for the loss of the Batman Electorate. This is self-sabotage; the Greens are only powerful when unified.

Richard as a leader should know this and I hope he is working on these issues within his party. The Greens have a tagline of “doing politics differently” but it seems like they have started doing politics the same.

Speaking of the same, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under the Whitlam government was seen as the stomping ground for the beginning of left-wing politics in Australia because Whitlam realised then, they needed more than workers’ rights to win elections.

The Greens will always be competing with the ALP and the fringe parliamentary groups for votes because people who vote for the coalition are much too ‘sensible’.

The Greens lost to Labor in Batman because Labor campaigned brilliantly in Batman, and despite the backlash from the media, public and the right wing; Bill Shorten and his rhetoric on Adani came out on top.

Is a slight loss to Labor in a marginal seat like Batman something for the Greens to fret over? Probably not, there is always next time and be assured there are many more inner-city seats to contest for.

This is not said lightly; the greens are a Grassroot party and they need to focus on these small marginal seats and put their limited resources to good use.

Throughout the Batman campaign, the Greens focused entirely on the environment and asylum seekers.

Then, surprisingly, Di Natale tried to appeal to conservative voters on the eve of the batman election. This is enough to baffle many Green voters and it possibly lost them the electorate.

They need to be worried about principle because a two-trick pony with no principle isn’t very fun to vote for.

The Greens are one of the only credible representatives of the left in Australia, that is their voting base and that is where they should have been targeting in their campaign.

The leader of the Greens changed his tone to serve a more capitalist agenda; so, by in large, moving away from the left only served to disillusion his loyal supporters.
You can almost imagine a huge mural of Di Natale, one side he is holding a bunch of share slips and the other a couple of anti-mining pamphlets.

With the amount of support the Greens currently hold, I would be surprised if they continue to try and play both sides. Labor can barely pull it off and we all know how popular they are.

Perhaps this was just a strategical move from Di Natale to see if he could gain votes from the right by subtly changing his rhetoric.

It didn’t work. Their voting base is the same as always with the added bonus of youth voters.

Why the left should compromise with a UBI

How the Left can Compromise with a Universal Income.
Left wing politics has some some swell ideas about equality, but some are determined to shut down the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) on the terms that capitalism or crony capitalism could corrupt it.

This is jaded.

It’s not wrong in its fears but it is “jaded”.

The real scare here is if the right wing manages to take away all  the social benefits and services to pave way for the UBI. This is nasty, our social system would collapse under itself and debt would skyrocket.

We aren’t on our way to a magical land of a classless and stateless society, with a stagnating wage growth, higher power bills, high student fees and capitalism just running absolutely rampant it is only getting worse.

Let me get this straight, a UBI is a redistribution of wealth. It will be a sore point for many when we realize there will still be a class system. That is the way the world works, if you earn more then you are going to have more money to spend. The government isn’t going to take away earning rights.

The UBI is a good thing for the left and the right, why wouldn’t affluent businesses and land barons want their customers and serfs to have money to buy their goods and pay the rent.

If everyone can afford to pay for their food, water and shelter then everyone has the opportunity to move past class. Isn’t this what the left wants?

The idea of free money for everyone works; for everyone.

A UBI means we can literally skip the first two steps of Maslows Hierarchy of Needs. Meaning societycan move on to bigger and better things.

Martin Luther King said “The solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure; The guaranteed income”

The fact is that we have people living on the streets and a UBI would give people the incentive and means to be more and live better.

Some people don’t help others because they are busy trying to provide for themselves, some people have to hold two full time jobs just to survive and some people literally can’t work. These people need a UBI.

Erik Olen Wright, a prominent sociologist and advocate for a UBI explained in an interview for KPFA that a basic income will help socially productive work such as caregivers, music and the arts thrive.

A single mother needs a basic income, A student needs a basic income and just imagine a world without the starving artist.

Many believe a UBI could cause inflation, but inflation only occurs when new money is printed or when the amount of currency is actually greater then the amounts purchasable in the economy.

So in short, A UBI won’t cause inflation.

In 2003, the Mexican government rolled out a food aid program and gave some villages the market value of food in a month in cash. The economists looking at these villages saw only a miniscule rise in the cost of food prices by 0.2%, not a statistically paramount change but the economists can’t say the cash wasn’t the cause.

Like I stated before a UBI is a redistribution of wealth. The very thing the left campaigns for.

Right now the waters are unclear and there are social tests going on all around the world, Australia just has to wait and see how successful these tests really are before implementing something like this.

Some of the hard left is against this because they really believe that we should slay the bourgeoisie and redistribute the wealth to the masses like some hardcore Robin Hood.

They are harmless though, what we should be scared of is the fact that an unconditional income might increase the number of bad poets in society

Trumps In Space

Donald Trump said he wants a new Military arm for space, are we expecting an alien invasion?

Probably not.

With the Air Force Space Command already up and running, it’s hard to see any reasoning behind this new rhetoric.

Every President since the cold war has announced some sort of space program, Trump is just saying -in one ridiculous foul swoop- exactly what his constituents want to hear, “more military spending” and “we’re going to the moon”.

Trump’s own defence secretary stated “You can emphasise more help for the military in space without going to the massive organisational change and expense.”

The countless communication, navigation, weather and reconnaissance satellites in orbit would be in absolute jeopardy if a ‘space war’ were to break out. Insane.

I am dumbfounded at the need to have battles on Earth let alone outside of the damn stratosphere.

Though space laser battles are super cool, I just don’t know how detrimental they are to our survival as a species.

What is seen as detrimental to the survival of our species though, is a dedicated space program.

Trump did sign one at the end of 2017 which outlines “an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities”

Presidents and space is about as old a concept as pigs in space, but Trumps new declaration is not another half-brained idea of his, because it is not his and it’s not half brained.

Mike Rogers, the Strategic Forces Subcommittee chairman proposed a space corps in 2017, this would “keep the United States ahead of rival nations like Russia and China”

Frankly, The United States needs to spend more money on space to stay in control. This is to ensure the continuance and reliability of important military and commercial information that the American space program is sending to earth.

The question the American government was really asking themselves is, How much money should we stake on space to stay ahead of our contenders without starting an arms race?

Trump, tactful and elegant, threw that idea out the window and stated that America will create the worlds first army dedicated to space.

It’s not a bad idea to be truthful, but as to form, this rhetoric was as brash as it was harmful.