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Qantas CEO, Geoff Dixon – another rort?

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In the light of the excessive remuneration received by Sol Trujillo we have to question the amounts recently awarded to the CEO of Qantas. Ok they *are* holding their own internationally and are one of the few airlines to be making a profit, howeve they are also in the process of moving 300+ IT jobs offshore in order to reduce costs etc… usual excuses.

Mr Dixon is entitled to fair return for effort I suppose, but surely when 300 plus Australian jobs are being moved offshore, now isn’t the time for him to be have AU$7 million paid into his super fund on top of an aleady generous package? Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if he even paid the tax owed on that amount but the tax bill is also being picked up by Qantas!

I bet he must be feeling really cheesed off about how badly off he is. Maybe *his* position ought to be moved offshore… and him along with it?

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September 30, 2006 at 11:18 pm

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Some people seem to know my weak spots

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Someone on the ‘sister site’ who seems to be female (but you can never tell online) is really getting up my nose lately. She comes out with the most ridiculous statements and then complains about being picked up on them.

Recently she’s called herself ‘christian’ then says she doesn’t care if people are executed or not, has said Australians are greedy, lazy and stupid, and that men don;t know how to do housework. She’s *now* decided that because I complain when she makes idiotic statments that it must mean I fancy her!! And if *that* isn’t *the* most idiotic statement ever then I don’t know what is.

Trouble is… I’m a moderator so whilst in theory I can ban her or modify/delete her posts… it would make me look like a right intolerant prat.However… there is a limit to how far I can be stretched and if she keeps it up she’ll be out of there quick smart!!!

Aggravating bloody woman. It amazes me how people like her can be allowed to vote. Oops sorry… while she *is* allowed to vote… in fact is *required by law to vote… she doesn’t… because of her religious convictions and all that guff.

Yeah right – she still manages to whinge on about how bad the government is and how far downhill society has deteriorated but at the same time has detatched herself from any responsibility for it!. Pure hypocrisy.

I can tolerate any amount of stupidity from people who know no better, or can’t learn, but when people *won’t* learn it gets right up my nose.

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September 30, 2006 at 8:39 pm

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Posh Spice to sing no more

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In a less than surprising announcement, Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, has told the the world she is quitting the music industry and will take no further part in it.

Posh Spice

No doubt legions of us will be heaving a collective sigh of relief… tho many of us will also question whether she and music ever *did* have much of a connection?

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September 30, 2006 at 2:57 pm

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Sol Trujillo – less is more

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According to News.com, one of Telstra boss Sol Trujillo’s top managers is accusing the government of running a “a “vile and vicious” personal campaign against the Telstra CEO”.

As if they’d need to. This is a CEO that has sat and watched Telstra shares collpase in value by a massive AU$18 billion… while he himslef was awarded a $2.58 million *bonus* bringing his total package to nearly AU$9 million.

Ih this guy is paid on performance like the rest of us it would seem that the worse off Telstra is, the better off *he* is. Nice work if you can get it though.

Any conspiracy theorists out there want to make something of the fact Mr Trujillo is American and so is the majority of the ‘new blood’ he instlled to make sure the company was run the way he wanted it to be??

What’s wrong with having Australain management running an iconic Australian company I wonder??

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September 30, 2006 at 2:48 pm

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Peter Costello sucks us dry.

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Lucky us. Peter Costello, our Treasurer, has unveiled the final budget surplus which is one billion dollars *more* that he’d anticipated sucking out of us. Seems the surplus for 2005 – 06 is a total of AU$15.8 billion dollars.

Which bum is the Treasurer?

So which bum is the Treasurer?

In the meantime hospitals are closing, schools are underfunded and the roads are crumbling under us. Whoopee… I’m so glad to have contributed to his record totals and so are the thousands living on subsistence wages… or minimal handouts from the government to stay alive.

It’s obscene.

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September 28, 2006 at 11:05 pm

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You may have noticed I’ve started to move away from the ‘pure text’ offerings of the past and started adding photos. This is really because I think there are some things that require a permanent photographic record and while I’ve strained to *not* do it I suppose fighting against the tide just puts me in the same position of King Knut that old British king. So… I decided to go with the flow.

Will I add pictures I’ve taken myself? Well yes… tho it’s a pain to have to resize them it’ll be silly *not* to do it so look forward to a more colourful OA 😀

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September 28, 2006 at 10:56 pm

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Electric Car – conspiracy?

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Conspiracy theories abound on the web but there are times when you really have to wonder if there is some truth in some. A case in point is the release in Australia of the Reva Electric Car.

This wonderful bit of kit is built in India and has been selling well all around Europe. It’s been imported into Australia by Reva Australia but is not allowed to be sold! Why? Well government restriction mainly. The full story about the car can be read here.

The Reva
It really needs to be released and soon. I for one would jump at the chance to own one. Most of my motoring is done taking the kids to school and back with the occasional shopping trip. I pay currently around $100 a week for petrol. The car is priced at $15,000 so at that cost, it would pay for itself in three years just in the cost of fuel saved. I suppose I’d have to question whether the car would be able to carry three people… but even so it’d be worth a serious look!
It really makes you wonder if the government is in a conspiracy with the oil producers to keep this little car off the market despite the escalating costs of petrol in both economic *and* environmental terms.

I wrote to Federal transport minister Warren Truss at his address W.Truss.MP@aph.gov.au asking when we can expect legislation to be passed to allow the car on the road – not heard anything yet but if you are interested in the environment I’d suggest *you* also read the story at the link above and write as well!!

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September 28, 2006 at 10:33 pm

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Vale Steve Irwin

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Thing about not updating the blog too often is that I miss writing about things that are important to me. One of the most recent events to have upset me was the untimely and unexpected death of Steve Irwin.

Steve and Bindi Irwin

The wife and I were latecomers to Steve’s shows and as such perhaps I wasn’t best placed to write an obituary about him from the perspective of a fan. Nevertheless on our sister site (Australian Opinion) I’ve found myself in the unenviable position of defending him against hacking remarks by fellow aussies!

I think that a lot of it is due to the endemic national pastime of cutting down anyone who raises himself above the herd… they call them tall poppies and Steve was clearly seen as one of these… at least on the forum.

I honestly fail to understand why. Ok this guy was an entertainer… that’s how he made his living. But his first love was Australia, it’s animals and the environment. Yes he took the money… he had a zoo to run and a family to support… what else would he do?? Work for free??

And yes his shows were brash and in your face – but they were highly entertaining and if nothing else he breathed fresh air into what was becoming boring tv. One more shot of David Bloody Attenborough sitting in a group of chimps and I’d have screamed! That sort of presentation was great in its day but for the modern kid another approach was needed… and that’s what Steve brought.

He inspired millions around the world to follow his example and work to protect their own native flora and fauna. He generated massive interest in Australia and what it has to offer. He set up an animal hospital, bought tracts of land to use as wildlife sanctuaries… lots of projects are being funded by donation yes… but also with his own money and money generated by the Australia Zoo.

Yet they bag him and complain about how he went about doing his ‘thing.. They complained about his way of death, the media support, the outpouring of grief around the world… they even complained about little Bindi bravely telling the world about the father she’d loved and lost.

Bindi reads at her fathers memorial

I mean what the hell do they *want*?

Personally I liked him and felt he represented the modern day form of the loveable Aussie larrikin that built this country. I for one am desperately sorry to see him go.

If you feel the same why not become a Wildlife Warrior and do *your* part?

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September 28, 2006 at 5:45 am

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Wow… still here!

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Yet again I’ve forgotten to write up the doings in the blog… I actaully forget it’s here often as not.

Anyway – I’ve decided yet again I don’t like the theme… this time it’s just *too* damn simple so I’m looking round for another one… again… 🙂

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September 27, 2006 at 10:28 pm

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