LAW 5 JUSTICE 0: The Predicted Score of the Royal Commission into Victorian Policy Informer 3838

So a Victorian police informer has been revealed, a(nother) Royal Commission announced and major gangland criminals are lining up to have their cases reviewed and decisions annulled, due to legal procedural errors by the Victorian Police. A whistleblower is struck down. The Police’s reputation is trashed. Criminals are likely to win. I predict the score will be Law 5 Justice 0 – a thrashing for Justice. We will all be losers. Here’s why.Read More »

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Dear John Pesutto: Climate Change, the Liberal Party and the Victorian State Election

Dear John (Pesutto),
I went to a ‘Climate change: why should I care?’ meeting this week. You and the other candidates for the State electoral seat of Hawthorn were there to present your policies for this month’s election, along with experts talking about the current state of our reactions to climate change. Given the global importance and urgency of this issue, yours – and the Liberal – response was so disappointing. No wonder you were booed.Read More »

Photos: How the World Has Changed

I used to love taking photos.  My house is covered with pictures I took that people admire.  But digital cameras and now smart phones have changed all that.  I’ve upgraded to an iPhone 7 with its ‘great’ camera and abandoned my digital SLR,  but still, I no longer love the pictures I take.  Anyone can be a great photographer…and the value of photography and photos has plummeted.  Can photos recover?  What should I do?Read More »

Who’s is Australia Post Anyway? A failure of Board Governance

So Ahmed Fahour, CEO of Australia Post, resigned yesterday, immediately after announcing a strong profit result and despite being supported by the board chair who said he had done a fantastic job of turning around the 100% government-owned Company.  Perhaps it was the disclosure of his $5.6m salary, perhaps the government enquiry into Australia Post’s salaries, perhaps the Prime Minister’s comment to the board (appointed by the current government) that salaries were too high, perhaps that Farhur had been there 7 years.  But what is clear is this:  it’s yet another failure of board governance that allowed this situation to arise.  Let me explain why the wrong people are being castigated.

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A Pox on United Energy and Origin Energy (no. 2)

Happy New Year to all my readers…except for United and Origin.  You’ll remember they failed dismally to get our new house connected to electricity and gas prior to Christmas.  We are still not connected!.  Now we are at the Energy and Water Omsbudsman stage, which is why I think others should know of these companies’ total lack of customer service, so you don’t suffer too.  Here’s what’s happened since.Read More »

GREEN ARMY WAS WASTED MONEY. VOLUNTEER GROUPS CAN DO IT BETTER.

As president of an environmental organisation, you would think I would be sad or outraged that the federal government’s Green Army program is destined for the scrap heap.  Especially as my organisation received significant benefits from the program.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Green Army is an enormous waste of Australian taxpayer money.  Environmental groups and local government organisations can do it much better.  Here’s why.Read More »

Beyonce, Lemonade and You

I’ve been intrigued by the Beyonce phenomenon (what does she sing/do/say that makes her no. 1?) for some time. Recently I decided to buy (yes, pay for) her new CD, Lemonade, which she released, unheralded, with no standard distribution system, via her facebook page.  I was fascinated by the bold, anti-establishment approach, so listened to a song or two on YouTube (along with the millions who had already listened in the first week, really), found them compelling, and decided to buy it.  Analysis:  this is an amazing album that breaks/sets so many trends, you too should consider it.  Why?Read More »

MERRY CHRISTMAS, READERS!

Thank you for reading my blog and for the comments you have given me.  I’ve enjoyed writing it so far and I’m glad so many of you are enjoying reading it.

As Christmas is upon us, I won’t blog more till after it is over.  I’d be glad to hear from you about what you would like me to blog about, or not blog about (!) and any ideas you have for making this better for you.

Merry Christmas and I look forward to resuming after the festive season is over.