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With Apologies to Robert Hall who plays the Coroner in the TV Series CST who set this soliloquy in motion and who is or was a 5 times US Senator.

I’m 80. Except for a six-month period many years ago when between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked on the farm hard, since I was 16 and the Navy until 24. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 40-hour weeks, and have called in sick several times only in the past 3 years.

I made a good salary as a professional engineer, but I didn’t inherit my job, my skills or my income, and I worked to get where I finished. Given our current economy, with bread at $4.80 on a bad day and the farmer got 20 cents for the wheat after waiting 4 months to harvest and another 3 months to get fully paid, there’s no retirement for me in sight, I have to keep my woodcraft going to pay the increased water and energy bill and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that our Labor Government has to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the Government will take the money earned by industry in energy carbon taxes, by force if necessary, and give it to pensioners but more to asylum seekers and people too lazy to earn it. $100,000 each to 50 asylum seekers over the past 2 years.(Labor Policy Dec 8 2009)

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes and fees to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of my paid-off, $100,000 home, on one-third of my former salary, then turn to the left-wing Fascist State Government who collapsed the former State Bank by lending to political mates and today do billion dollar secret deals with developers and with the greatest of largess with public money, gave away $10 million to 3 developers when the Monarto Gaol project was scrapped,”because it was the right thing to do”.

I’m tired of being told how bad the 2010 SA State budget has to be by left-wing politicians who just gave themselves a hefty 16% Superannuation hike while denying the nurses 2.5% over 3 years. In the next thirty years or bothered to consider waterproofing the nation for food production.

With the World population to increase by another 2.8 billion( U.N.figures) and politicians serve their own way, both the United States and Australia may well have the economy of Zimbabwe , the freedom of the press of China , the crime and violence of Adelaide , the tolerance for Christians in Iran, and the values lost that form the basis of our Rule of Law that has survived for hundreds of years despite military,religious and political juntas to destroy it. .

After living in Libya in 73 and 74, I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when often I have witnessed first hand and read news stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”. Of Muslim men affected over some slight offense that quickly becomes “loss of face” to be settled in blood. Of Muslim men murdering the innocents because they aren’t “believers”. Of Muslim men burning schools for girls to leave them uneducated, barefoot and pregnant. Of stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”, and of Muslim men involved in mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qu’ran and Shari’a law tells them or allows them to,

…. and I’m tired of radical Islamist men blowing themselves up and killing the innocents in the process believing they will dwell forever in their version of Paradise for having done so.


Every elected politician should be involved in governance for that is the whole purpose of having a Parliament, an election, and being elected. But somehow the Front bench and the Caucus have abandoned the purpose of being there and become corrupted by a self serving junta and any noble virtue to serve the State or the Nation is lost.

One of the most interesting comments posted on pointofviewSA related to the notion that a project of any nature with a cost of over $1 million should be signed off by both sides of the Parliament. There are States in the US that have a Grand Jury to make sure that public expenditure is clean and transparent After all, the majority of votes elected to govern and the Opposition are the Parliament, and it is the Parliament that is the legal instrument of Government not the ruling junta of a few powerheads.

To object on the principle that the electorate has elected one party to do as they like is fatuous and self serving and a weak opposition reinforces it. In SA for instance, the ruling junta, having won governance for another term has decreed that Parliament will only sit for 32 days in the whole of 2010 and so far the Opposition remains silent. Is such an edict an arrogant contempt of the Parliament, or an assumption of a public mandate

Yes, every MP should be involved in affairs of the State and ultimately the Nation all the time, that is if indeed, they have any idea what their responsibility to those affairs are, or who are afraid to challenge a Party leadership for policy change.

It must be very demoralising to be elected to the Parliament only to find that one becomes “just another Party hack” .

” How fortunate for Governments that the people they administer do not think” …..
Adolph Hitler, http://www.geocities,.com/northstarzone/TV.html

Jerry Spence, the trial lawyer in the U.S.who defended Imelda Marcos against the U.S. Government one time, has written some fearless comment about the two party political system. Although he refers to the U.S in, “Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power”, published by St Martins Griffin, he may as well be referring to North Terrace, Adelaide.

He writes,”A division of the philosophies of the Two Parties is often hazy and contradictory and what one Party holds close today may well become the other Party’s tomorrow. But, at any given time, the differences have been necessary in theory and often fabricated to show a difference, because if there in none then what is the point of having a Two Party System?”

He continues,”In most ways these differences have not been related to the measure of truth or honesty or what is good for the State, but what is good for the Party or the politician seeking power. The political game is carried on above the community – like a couple of thieves who have decided to steal all the chickens from the chicken house. Their fight over them has little to do with the captured chickens well being. The politicians war is merely a power game using the community for political purpose.”

We could have advanced the State enormously over these past 7 years if only politicians told the truth or had the courage to face the truth instead of the ducking and weaving to avoid their responsibilities from one election to the next.

Edmund Burke,” The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”, may well apply to the outcome of the South Australian State election, March 2010. http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Biographies/Philosophy/Burke.htm

The Water Commissioner, Ms McLeod is to be commended for her condemnation of the political decision to allow longer times for city folks to water gardens, if only because the lady talks sense.. Politicians are on 3 months holiday on full pay so why would they care for the reality of Riverland families walk off? The city is a constant liability to the rest of the State.

Instead of harvesting storm water, subsidising domestic rain water tanks, and forcing them on new subdivisions and directing the rain from the big roof areas into the aquifer,the politicians go for the big show, the grandiosity of the half billion$ project that will take another 5 years to deliver. The performance of being seen in a hard hat sipping on a glass of desal is typical of the self serving theatrics of this Government. The show must go on. Now the need to increase capacity to 100 glt to water gardens when families in the irrigated food line, unable to carry the debt of the long drought any longer to sustain a living, walk off and abandoned properties become a dust bowl.

Be very watchful. Looming on the horizon is the SA Water 20% increase charges to “maintain the margin of profit”, a measure that should be watched very closely by the South East and Murraylands towns who have no connection with this city problem.

Story at http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26526943-5006301,00.html#submit-feedback

The Government scrapped the jails for Monarto and then paid out $10 million to the 4 “preferred” developers as “conscience” payments that are not disclosed. That alone would be one for the ICAC but there is another dimension – that it should be necessary to build 4 more jails in the first place. The Government seeks greater measures to deal with crime after it is committed rather than prevention – a much cheaper alternative It is a serious indictment of this Government failure to teach community values and rule of law to children before a teen mindset. A classic example of people being elected into positions of power who have no vision or if they do, it is suppressed by the Party to address its own interests first. Neither the morality of life experience or the talent to exercise it is allowed to interfere with Party interests.

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The Advertiser Editorial of August 30 2007. “Everyone Loses When the Justice System Fails” referring to the Mountford Case. In the backlash that created the editorial, Mr. Pallaras, the Director of Public Prosecutions whose photo appears there, is quoted saying that it was “no longer in the Public Interest to proceed with the case.” and “Understandably, the complainant and the Police were fully consulted prior to this decision being made”. In this particular road rage death, the victims grieving Mother wants the DPP “to tell her to her face” that the attacker goes free. The public response to the matter has erupted somewhat.

It seems appropriate to quote Lord Goldsmith the UK Attorney General who, in 2006 had this to say in part, “The rule of law is not simply about rule by law. Such a proposition would be satisfied whatever the law and however unfair, unjust or contrary to fundamental principles, provided only that it was applied to all. The rule of law (however), comprehends some statement of values which are universal and ought to be respected as the basis of a free society”…..and … “These values are the basis of our Western society, which has grown and progressed in spite of attempts by royal, military, or religious and political despots to destroy it. However, we must be mindful that rule by law is unethical, very often unjust, and not so much an intrusion into those values by legislation but by the very failure of the legal system to respect them”.

With appreciation to Mr. Pallaras for his observations that an ICAC is needed in SA, it is perception that is more powerful than the facts and like the Mountford Case, this one might sit well with the law but not so with community values .It is universal, that not only must justice be done, it must also appear to be done.

We have the courts to decide such a matter. The Courts are the stop gap to determine whether it is “not in the public interest to proceed” ( to trial) and not one man no matter his position in the community.There is too much of this road rage developing with tragic consequences. To my mind the heart condition as a predominant cause of death to justify the “fine line of a decision” is similar with the bashing outside the bar and the victim falls to the ground and dies from a fractured skull.

A victim of assault is entitled to the protection of the law if he is attacked and this has nothing to do with whether or not he has a heart condition or the pox.

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  • Linda: It is not limited to the Liberals. The current State Government has a lot to answer for concerning me and my family.
  • Ahmad Hewes: I loved your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on...
  • pointofviewsa: Sorry Mr. Mc. Been out of action with an aneurysm repair - not recommended for anyone who likes to be busy and my post op advice is to not consider ri