WATCH: Consumer watchdog CHOICE placed a button battery inside a pork sausage to show you what harm it can do. If it has the potential to do this to a sausage, just imagine what it could do to a child’s body. Read more HERE: bit.ly/1WuiDLE #TenNews
"They (the people) don't want to see another 50,000 refugees coming into the country... Farmers are devastated, they're on their knees, there are suicides going on. Our kids are on ice... They (the people) don't think the political parties are listening" - Pauline Hanson #9Today
An Essential Research poll released today found 49 per cent of Australians support my ban on Muslim immigration, including 60 per cent of Coalition voters, 40 per cent of Labor voters and 34 per cent of Greens voters.
David Hockney: Current features over 1200 works from the last decade of the artist’s career including digital and photographic drawings, video works and paintings at #NGV International: https://goo.gl/EMJjqZ
Long before we carried around plastic bottles of very expensive "spring" water, there was the old canvas water bag! Every home had one of these, although I haven't seen one for a long time. Remember how you could buy a water bag holder that you screwed on to the front bumper bar when the family was going on a car trip? It was the only way we carried water for the whole family....Mum would have aluminium annodised cups in a zip-up leather pouch and would hand one to each child for our drink when we stopped for petrol....No soft drinks were ever considered! Photo shared from Pinterest.
In response to the ridiculous story published in the Sunday Mail today, I thought I'd give you some facts on electoral funding.
MAJOR PARTY'S CLAIMS FOR FEDERAL ELECTORAL FUNDING SINCE 1998 Labor $88.2 million + Liberal $85.6 million + National Party $14.3 million + Greens $14.7 million + Nick Xenophon $900,000 + Bob Katter $300,000 +
We hitched a 10-hour ride with a truckie from Melbourne to Dubbo and got an eye-opening view of the dangers that await motorists these school holidays, along with some potentially life-saving advice on how to stay safe.
KOCHIE IS FURIOUS ABOUT THE US MASSACRE "My first emotion on a morning like this is sympathy, then it turns to frustration and I think - when will these Americans make the changes that need to be made to gun ownership laws?" - David Koch calls for gun reform in US and asks "How can a bloke like this be allowed to get his hands on guns?" Do you agree?
The decision to ban greyhound racing has obviously generated a lot of discussion and questions. And I’ve been listening. I’ve read many of the 10,000+ Facebook comments and other coverage in the media and I’d like to take a minute to respond to some of the questions. I particularly want to address some of the myths around this decision.
So, here are the top 10 things that just aren’t true about the shut down of greyhound racing on 1 July next year. This has been a tough decision, but a considered one.
1. You are punishing many for the crimes of a few.
Unfortunately, the report of the Special Commission is very clear that these practices were systemic - for too long, too many people who knew what was going on didn’t do enough to reform greyhound racing. It is also very clear that the industry has had many chances to reform but has failed to do so. In fact, intentional deception and illegal activity was rife. However, as I said in my original Facebook post, I feel very strong empathy for those who are caught up in this who have not done anything wrong. They should feel deep anger towards others in their industry who have brought us to this place. These changes will have a big impact on some communities. This brings me no joy whatsoever. We are preparing a considered transition package to be announced in coming months after further consultation with the industry because we want to help as many as we can as we shut down this industry in an orderly way.
2. This is a land grab for developers. Wentworth Park is going to be sold off.
No, it’s not. Let me state this as clearly as possible: we will not be developing any tracks on Crown Land into residential or high rise. Something to clarify here: the government owns about half of the tracks, but not all of them. We don’t have any say over who the privately owned tracks get sold to. But, for the government owned sites - including Wentworth Park - I can’t be any clearer. They will be used for community space. We will consult with the community about what this looks like, but it may include open space or sports facilities or even things like schools if appropriate. This will be decided in consultation with the relevant communities.
3. All these greyhounds are now going to die. These changes are actually worse for them.
There is absolutely a huge challenge here. We are working very closely with the RSPCA and their partners to re-home as many dogs as possible and our strong preference is for dogs to remain with their current owners or be adopted into homes. One of the reasons we have given till July next year for the industry to close is so we can work out the best possible way to care for as many as dogs as possible. But experts have advised us it won’t be possible to re-house all of them and many may be put down. To avoid that, I’m open to any approach to save as many dogs as we can. But the report is very clear - tens of thousands of dogs are being systematically killed, often in inhumane ways, simply for not being fast enough. This would continue, and thousands of dogs each and every year would continue to die if we had not made this decision. Whatever loss of life regrettably comes as a result of the shutdown is a small fraction of what would happen if the industry continued.
4. This is a hastily made decision and there has been no consultation.
The opposite is true. When the Four Corners story on this emerged over a year ago, our response was not to make immediate decisions. It was to undertake a very detailed inquiry, overseen by a former High Court Judge. That inquiry has taken over a year and had the powers of a Royal Commission. It received 2000 submissions and held private and public hearings. It has been in-depth. It has been comprehensive. There was nothing hasty about it, or this decision. If you read the report for yourself, you will see that the Government had little choice but to take this course of action.
5. The Government is hypocritical and will still take money from people in NSW gambling on dog racing in other states.
As you can imagine, the licence agreements with the TAB and the racing industry are quite complex and we need to do some work to figure out how we unwind some of these agreements. But let me be clear: we don’t want to, and won’t, be profiting from poor animal welfare practices. We don’t want to curtail your right to punt. But we also don’t want the government to profit from practices like the ones we have seen outlined in this review. We will have more to say on the specifics of this in the coming months.
6. This Government just wants to ban everything.
I’m a big advocate of small government that keeps out of your way. But that doesn’t mean government stands back and allows cruelty to animals on a widespread scale. I understand why some people feel like they are being over-governed when we introduce more laws - particularly if it is a law you don’t like. Creating extra restrictions brings me no joy. But neither does the death of thousands of dogs a year. My instinct on this, before the Inquiry’s report was handed down, was that we would find a way to reform this industry. But then I read the report. I didn’t need to read it twice. We are intervening here because we have to.
7. The industry was already reforming and on its way to a better future.
Although there had been some progress made, the Inquiry found that the industry has had many years to reform and failed to do so. In fact, even after the Four Corners investigation and with the full knowledge that we had ordered an inquiry, the report found trainers were STILL using live baiting and flouting the rules. It saddens me that there are many in the industry who wanted to do the right thing and have been let down by others. But the idea that the industry just needed better regulation and another chance was not borne out in the Inquiry. If you doubt this, please read the report for yourself.
8. A total shut-down is an over-reaction. You should have just given more oversight.
The Special Commission suggested that, if Parliament were to attempt more regulation, 79 different recommendations would need to be taken into account. But it said that, even then, it was highly doubtful the industry was capable of reform. The culture of deception and mistreatment of dogs just ran too deep. Better regulation had been attempted, and failed, many times over. The Commission also found that the reforms required would have made the entire industry economically unsustainable. The sad reality is, further regulation simply isn’t a viable option.
9. If you really cared about puppies you’d shut down puppy farms.
We recently announced our response to a review into puppy farms and other issues relating to domestic pet breeding and sales. It’s a very complicated issue that we remain determined to get much better results with. We continue to work closely with the RSPCA and other stakeholders to try and get better outcomes here. As a dog owner, I share everyones concern about puppy welfare and our government remains committed to big improvements in this area.
10. The review said this should go to Parliament. Why isn’t it?
It is. The Government will present legislation to shut down greyhound racing during the next sitting period and Parliament will indeed consider and debate our proposal. At that point, all MPs can have their say. If they want to oppose this change, they can explain their reasons for that to the community at that time. We expect the legislation to pass because we believe anyone who reads this report will see there is no workable alternative option.
Finally… Thanks to everyone for your feedback and questions. Please let me urge you to go and read the review. It is horrific. It is damning. And it leaves the Government with no real choice but to take the action we have. You can read the report here: http://www.greyhoundracinginquiry.justice.nsw.gov.au
Our house is too small for us. That fact alone creates too many arguments. It's a tiny 3 bedroom house with 6 of us in it on a big block, extending would be over capitalising but we simply don't fit anymore. The kids share a study as their bedroom, the twins share there is no storage and always a line to use toilet. I can't keep this shit clean anymore, we live on top of each other. Bill gets mad that it's a mess, I get resentful that we still live here and he doesn't seem to care how small our house is.
Ever since the twins were born I have creeped real estate pages all the time and hassle bags off Bill to come to home opens.
Recently.... I found it... Our dream house. Closer to the beach and the kids school, not massive but big and old and I LOVE old. Bill loved it too, I drooled over everything about it.
It was totally out of our price range but we thought fuck it, through a low ball, they say it's a buyers market or something like that, we spoke to the bank who would lend us more cash.
Bill is financially conservative, he likes to earn and save, I have no saving, I like to make it rain. I spent the next few days convincing him how happy this house will make us.. The fact that he even agreed to putting in an offer was huge.
I sat there with my husband in a cafe as the real estate agent called to tell him that they had already received a much higher offer, we had no hope. The visualisations of us having people over for dinner and BBQs and having space to store things and feelings of peacefulness slowly drained out of my body and were replaced with the hecticness of 6 people living on top of each other.
Bill saw my sadness, I thought we would fight again over my disappointment.. But he grabbed the phone, called the real-estate agent and placed an offer that was so far out of our price range even I mimed the words "what the fuck?" Does he have some new rich friend that wants to lend us 100k or something???
The real estate agent informed Bill that the offers had now raised even higher then that and we both knew that we would be sued if we offered more money that we didn't have so we accepted this.
And drove home...
But something had changed, I realised the extent my husband would go to to make me happy. Against all of his instincts, he was prepared to put us in a really compromised financial state just to see me happy.
It reminded me of the saying "if it's important to someone you love it's important to you"
And then we pulled in.... To our little home... To our colourful little warm home that keeps us all safe and we have all worked so hard to sustain. And I didn't see mess or arguments or cues for the toilet. I saw us, I saw Bill.
I saw magic, magic happens when you realise that your happiness is important to the ones that you love.