WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO: This dashcam footage shows the shocking moments before Kayden Lawson crashes into another motorist at 200km/h on the M1 motorway at Morisset. The 22-year-old was today sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ jail. What’s your reaction? Story: http://bit.ly/2l5wNWU
Ahmed Fahour, CEO Australia Post enjoys $5.6m in pay a year. I asked the Minister for Communications during Question Time today:
“Australia Post’s CEO pre-corporatisation received $360,000, Ahmed Fahour the current CEO enjoys $5.6 million. France’s Postal Services CEO receives $1m whilst the United States CEO only $550,000. Pre Fahour stamps cost 50c; now $1. Minister, no more Christmas cards. In 2014 Australia Post sacked 900 staff. In the same year, Mr Fahour’s Australia Post donated $2.8m to his brother’s Islamic Museum. In light of Ahmed’s Australia Post’s generosity, Minister, could I get $30,000 to repair the Catholic Church in Julia Creek?”
On appointment in 2010 Mr Fahour was paid $2,086,710. This salary package has almost tripled in 6 years to $5.6m.
Exorbitant CEO pay is a consequence of privatisation and deregulation; and it is not limited to Australia Post.
The case was strongly pleaded by Lance Hockridge, to privatise Queensland Rail. Mr Hockridge was the then CEO and as a senior public servant would have been on around $250,000 a year. Within a few years after privatisation he was reported to be paying himself a package in excess of $6m a year, for exactly the same job.
According to the Australian and the Daily Telegraph with one article titled ‘Happy Dragon’, assuming these stories are accurate, it would mean Gail Kelly had received $77m in 8 years, between 2002-2009. “Happy Dragon indeed”, but where is St George?
Sol Trujillo for little more than 3.5 years at Telstra was paid $40m. Ben Butler at the Courier Mail said ‘complaints had a 241% increase in three years during Trujillo’s reign at Telstra’. Before he arrived at Telstra share prices were $5, when he left they were $3.
Piketty in his landmark book, stated clearly that the world’s wealth now is going to the managerial class, which effectively sets their own wages. He makes the point that 100 years ago the world’s wealth was going to the owner class, the Carnegies, the Fords, the Rockefellers. People who risked their own money and built the motor vehicle industry, the steel industry, the American railways industry.
It is now going to a class of people that really produce nothing. Particularly in Australia’s case they simply cut workforce numbers and send the jobs overseas. Then pay themselves an extra $1m a year for closing down an Australian industry.
They cry out for foreign investment, which of course means CEOs pay themselves increasingly more. Until now we reach the point where the only thing we export are jobs.
Essington Lewis who created the biggest company on earth BHP, an Australian company, when he died he had an estate of $1.7m. In today’s terms an estate worth a measly $2.4m, which would not buy you a decent home in Sydney today.
Essington Lewis, Les Thiess (coal), Lang Hancock (iron ore), Laurence Hartnett (motor vehicles) all died with very little money. Their riches were in another treasure chest which, please god, they are enjoying now.
Their riches were what they gave to their fellow Australians. That was how those men measured their wealth.
This is the face of little William, a happy and much loved little boy. Every moment of every day is a struggle for his beautiful family. Every day they try to keep going not knowing what has happened to their little boy. Every day they pray that he is safe, that he is loved… that he’s not afraid. Every day they hope that the next phone call might be the one telling them their boy has been found. Every day they have hope in their hearts that their little boy will be found alive and well and returned safely to the arms of his family where he belongs.
Somebody knows something of William’s disappearance. Every single day William’s family maintains hope that this ‘somebody’ comes forward to tell Police what they know so they can find little William and bring him home. If you are the somebody who knows, there is a $1Million reward for information that leads police to William. That’s 1 Million reasons for you to make the call! Call Crime Stoppers NOW on 1800 333 000. #OneMillionReasons, #BringHimHome, #BringWilliamHome, #MakeTheCall, #WheresWilliam, #NowsTheTime
An incident occurred in a supermarket recently when the following was witnessed: A Muslim woman dressed in a Burkha (a black gown & face mask) was standing with her shopping in a queue at the checkout. When it was her turn to be served , and as she reached the cashier,she made a loud remark about the Australian Flag lapel pin which the female cashier was wearing on her blouse. The cashier reach......ed up and touched the pin and said, 'Yes , I always wear it proudly. My son serves abroad with the forces and I wear it for him. The Muslim woman then asked the cashier when she was going to stop bombing and killing her countrymen explaining that she was an Iraqi. At that point an elderly gentleman standing in the queue stepped forward and interrupted with a calm and gentle voice, and said to the Iraqi woman: 'Excuse me , but hundreds of thousands of Australian men and women , just like this ladies son have fought and sacrificed their lives so that people just like YOU can stand here in Australia , which is MY country , and allow you to blatantly accuse an innocent check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen. It is my belief that if you were allowed to be as outspoken as that in Iraq , which you claim to be YOUR country , then we wouldn't need to be fighting there today. However - now that you have learned how to speak out and criticise the Australian people who have afforded you the protection of MY country , I will gladly pay the cost of a ticket to help you pay your way back to Iraq. When you get there , and if you manage to survive for being as outspoken as what you are here in Australia , then you should be able to help straighten out the mess which YOUR Iraqi countrymen have got you into in the first place , which appears to be the reason that you have come to MY country to avoid.' Apparently the queue cheered and applauded. ...IF YOU AGREE... Pass this on to all of your proud Australian & other worldly friends.. I just did............!!! It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. It's also nice to be AUSTRALIAN!! Like our page > Aussie Infidels
I'm disgusted with the decision of the Fair Work Commission to cut penalty rates. I know what it's like to rely on penalty rates to keep a roof over your head and pay your bills. The FWC said in its decision that this will create hardship - why would we allow the creation of more hardship for working people? Today is the day to join your union and get involved in fighting for your pay and conditions at work. Please like and share if you support penalty rates.
Did you miss the Sale of the year? Re-Watch the moment the A9X broke all Lloyds records and sold for $260,000!!! Started online for $1, jumped to $160,000 within 30 mins & just kept going up! To see the full Auction click here: http://www.lloydsauctions.com.au/classic-cars Next Classic Car Auction - Saturday 25th February - 69 Manchester Road, Carrara, QLD