You can just see the glow of my laptop where I was working on a clients web sIte in Tassie hosted through Rumcorps.net servers in Dallas Texas. As good an office as any!
A pod of about 20 whales come fast from astern and passed either side of the yacht, frightening hell out of us.
No flames apparent so I hardly slowed down until I had travelled a hundred odd meters with no visibility. About the time I started to panic I came out the other side.
Have a good one
This weeks defence beat up starts with By Cameron Stewart and Michael McKinnon with a by-line in the Australian stating Air force ‘powerless’ to pay pilots enough.
When I joined the Army I did so for a career of adventure and never considered remuneration as a motivator. I was coincidently paid well (40k in my last appointment in 1986) but the job was the draw. The adventure, the adrenilin surges, the travel, the power and responsibility of command and the smug satisfaction of doing a difficult job well in the face of the media still berating us for having the temerity to kill communists, and even then, looking for ways to make us look bad.
When Hawke was in power he authorised $30k advances to RAAF pilots to encourage them to stay instead of flying Qantas. I, and my collegues, suggested at the time that the $30k bonus underlined the government and medias lack of understanding of the professional serviceman. All the RAAFies wanted was air hours. Let them fly their bloody F18s and they would stay.
You see, my civilian readers, there is nothing quite as exciting as pushing mach2 in pursuit of another pilot and winning. (Not to mention the excitement of losing!) Although being fired on by machine guns and then attacking and defeating the bad guys has some element of exitement we’re talking about pilots today.
The pay of RAAF pilots continues to lag behind that of their commercial counterparts, with junior RAAF pilots earning about $56,000 a year, rising to $95,500 a year for senior pilots with 10 years’ experience. By contrast, a senior Qantas pilot might earn $190,000 to $220,000, aviation sources said.
There is a trade off here. If you want to be a bus driver and ferry drunk passengers to Brittain on their ‘rights of passage’ tours in a plane that is so boringly safe that it can fly itself then go do it. If your life’s goals are monetary based with the holiday home at the Gold Coast, a Ferrari in the garage and a million or two in rollover then Qantas is your go. ( Stay with me you Jet Jockies – don’t be seduced)
On the other hand, if you have some sense of adventure; if you want to test yourself, push yourself and have others try and keep up; if you don’t care about money once you and your family are secure and you can pay the good school fees then join the RAAF.
If you’re a RAAF pilot reading this and don’t understand what I’m staying, then get out.
You see, flying fighters is not just about the mechanics of flying. From the Infantry perspective, it’s about flying at night, in bad weather, below 1000, with Sams coming up at you and not deviating until you’ve dropped your ordnance on the bad guys, thus saving the arse of the good guys.
Nowhere do Stewart or McKinno identify the author of the report or it’s status. For all we know, it could have been written by a whinging malcontent and by all accounts, most probably was. If it’s unidentified it’s meaningless but they take the effort to find a negative report and then pay good money under the Freedom of Information laws to get a copy, and in my opinion, achieve very little. What is their point. Are they suggesting that 25 year old boggies get 200K plus a year or are they just hammering the ‘Defence is bad’ mantra.
The RAAF says the report was overly pessimistic because it did not foresee the downturn in the aviation market following the Ansett collapse. But experts say demand for commercial pilots is rising again. The report, called the Pilot Sustainability Project, says RAAF pilots are now flying less and this “may well be contributing to a lack of professional satisfaction”.
You bet it is!
As an aside – if a guy spends ten years flying F18s and then resigns to fly 767s and two years after he started with Qantas the balloon goes up. Then within a month he’s going to be heard muttering. Mmm, lets see – little grey plane, mach 2, upside down at 40,000 feet – how do I do it again? I trust the ex RAAF Qantas pilots realize they are a part of the Nations defence inventory.
I don’t know what their point is exactly, but I will say – It’s not about the money, honey, it’s about the game.
From my point of view, you can attack Labor all you like until you mess with us Vietnam Vets. Graham Edwards served in the same Company in 7RAR as I did, he does a hell of a lot for his old mates and any other Vet in strife and that’s exactly what he was doing when Tucky put his foot in it.
Thanks for tip from another ex 7RAR vet, Peter Upton. Thanks mate.
I’ll say this about actors. I like a lot of them when the are scripted but most lose me when they adlib. What is it with them?
I’ve got a feeling they all start to believe their own PR and begin to think their opinions matter. Look at me – I’ve got an Oscar, obviously I know more than you non-actor types and my opinion is the one that matters.
Bad news guys and girls, an Oscar, or a zillion teen-age fans only means you’re a good actor, or cute, or sexy. Don’t mistake any of those qualities for intelligence, rational thought, awareness of world affairs and don’t, whatever you do, think we care about your opinion about anything other than acting.
Stick to feeding my fantasies of regained youth and power. Make me laugh and cry with your scripts and acting skills but, for God’s sake, stick to your scripts.
In todays Age Louise Dodson claims the earth has opened up and swallowed the Coalition as she has always wished. I’m not suggesting the article is wishful thinking but I think it will be interesting to watch developments
The federal Labor Party has won massive support from the electorate and Opposition Leader Mark Latham has a personal approval rating unmatched since Bob Hawke was opposition leader in 1983.
If an election was held now, the Coalition’s 20-seat majority would be transformed into a 28-seat win for Labor, according to an ACNielsen AgePoll.
Now that is a big call. Still it gets coverage in one of Australia’s major newspapers so it must have some basis in truth, mustn’t it?
Yes, I know, the tag AgePoll might have some bearing but I don’t know. I haven’t read the questions put by ACNielsen and I don’t know what the demoraphics were so I’ll reserve my opinion.
It strikes me that those who really need a Bill of Rights never have them and those that don’t need it keep demanding one. Thus by definition a Bill of Rights is useless – having one doesn’t protect the downtrodden.
The ACT Labour Government became the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce a bill of rights.
It enshrines to rights to:
*Equality before the law, without discrimination of any kind
*Life, beginning after birth
*Freedom from torture or cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
*Not to be subject to medical or scientific experimentation without consent
*Protection of family and, for children, such protection as is appropriate for minors
*Freedom of movement
*Freedom of thought, conscience and religion
*Peaceful assembly and association
*Freedom of expression
*Participation in public and cultural life
*Liberty and integrity of the person
*A fair trial
*Not to be held in slavery or servitude or be required to perform forced or compulsory labour
*For minorities to enjoy their own culture, practise their own religion and use their own language
I have just one question. Why?
Chief Minister John Stanhope is why. The bill of rights has little to do with the rights of Australians and a lot to do with his politics.
The bill would allow Heroin trials, same sex marriages, same sex adoptions and his loony left-wing activist mates to throw rocks at Parliament house. It would pay school fees for mobs of labor lawyers kids as every time society stopped the extravagances of the looney-left whatever agency did the stopping would end up in court with our money transferring to Stanhope?s mates coffers.
Strong on ‘rights’ and totally devoid of ‘responsibilities’
Stanhope is the idiot that used a recent Citizenship ceremony to rail against the government and their participation in the Iraq war. Stanhope confuses rights to politicize citizenship ceremonies with the responsibility to only dissent in appropriate circumstances.
Standing on soapboxes, in the House and on TV are appropriate venues for dissent. Ceremonies, where the recipients are about to get the greatest gift of all – the right to live in one of the greatest democracies in the world, one that doesn’t even go close to needing a bill of rights- is not the place.
Keith WIndschuttle starts a debate on assimilation. He is of the opinion that it is the way ahead for aborigines and I for one agree and have been saying so on this and other sites for some years now.
To me the recent Redfern riot is the result of rounding up aborigines and putting them in a locality all by themselves and saying ‘ be good boys and girls now and we will give you lots of support and help. (read ‘money’) The good one see the writing on the wall and move to suburbia and we are left with losers and rabble. We have the same subgroups in white society but we don’t round them up and put them in one locality – they are spread out.
If I was given the power to fix the problem I would start by sitting down with elders, say at Yeundemu, and ask – do you really want to live here? Is your attachment to the land so strong as to keep you in squallor?
I have a strong attachment to the South West of Western Australia where generations of my family rest under marble headstones but I moved on and followed a career in the military. The call of home is strong but it is easily muffled by a lot of other considerations and I think to stay there, just because your family were there, condems one to a life limited by the locale. Yeundemu (at least the last time I was there )is a desert shithole – a great place to drive through on the way to somewhere, anywhere.
Under Hawke, the commonwealth government actively supported the “outstation” or “homeland” movement under which some Aboriginal communities withdrew from larger centres of population into isolated areas. The government also increased funding to the existing remote communities located on the old missions and reserves and in largely Aboriginal-populated country towns.
I don’t agree with Bob Hawke on this, in fact I don’t recall agreeing with much that he did, but ‘outstation’ or ‘homeland’ relocation has to be the best example of ‘hide the problem’ around.
We shouldn’t lock them up in desert ‘homelands’ Let them come into town, let the kids envy others and let them work out for themselves that ‘envy’ doesn’t lift your lifestyle but education does. If a school room is 100% full of kids from dysfunctional families then there is no benchmark. In towns, with a mix of success and failure, black and white, the comparisons are obvious.
In competition, kids strive to win
The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows clearly that, in suburban Australia, there is now an Aboriginal middle class (population 18,000). Even at lower socio-economic levels, in urban regions the majority of Aboriginal adult males have jobs and the majority of Aboriginal children complete school. In the remote communities and towns, where Coombs’s policies have prevailed, these statistics are completely reversed.
Knowing the left will be incensed by Windschuttle’s lates foray in to politics I went on over to Robert Corr for his take. He says of Windschuttle;
But what of his claim that we should simply move people off their traditional lands? I reckon that’s a cop-out.
Rob, it was a cop out to force them there and I don’t think anyone is talking about forcing them off their tribal lands, just encouraging them to move to where the action is. Move to town, go to school, get a job, earn and save, buy a block of land, build on it – eureka – you have equity in the land. something you will never get in the desert.
Stay where you are and even with land rights you are left with no equity in shit country. Sit in the sand, teach your kids about the dreamtime, watch them sniff petrol, grow up, beat the wife, stay drunk all day, die, get buried, get nowhere in life, didn’t improve on the last generation.
No hope for the next.
Rob’s answer is to reinforce failure.
In my opinion, the narrow rights that native title confers are the real problem with land rights. If that title confered real, economic title to the land, it might go further (but by no means all the way) to making those communities viable.
Economic title to Yeundemu will give people equity in stuff-all. And don’t counter with ‘give em land rights to functional, profitable properties’ because without education and training functional becomes disfunctional quicker than you can say ‘Land Rights Now.’
Again – go to town, go to school, get a job, buy some land.
Assimilate or die out.
WIndschuttle, as always speaks sense, go read his full article
Police in Alice Springs are under fire for moving on topless dancers
ATSIC’s only female commissioner, Alison Anderson, is considering a formal complaint to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
She said she would defy authorities to dance topless at a ceremony in Alice Springs yesterday afternoon.
“This is part of our law, this is part of our culture, this is what makes us Aboriginal,” she said.
I’d normally have no hastles with girls going topless although I have a preference for the toplessees to be young nubiles but in this case I think we need to think it through. If a group of white girls went topless in public in a group they would be charged with indecent exposure.
I’m not defending the law on indecent exposure only to say it exists and police are duty bound to apply the law without fear or favour.
It comes down to this – one country – one law. The tribal cultural thing is frought with danger as witnessed by the creep who claimed his male privelidges over a 12 or 13 year old ‘promised bride’.
To Commissioner, Alison Anderson’s statement This is part of our law, this is part of our culture, this is what makes us Aboriginal I must add; and one law, this is what makes us Australian.
So, until parliament changes the law to something like…it is an offence for people to go naked in public except for groups of aborigine women… then the police at Alice are correct.
I’m bemused by the Australian’s Steve Barrett as he continues his campaign to cannonise a criminal who happens to have served in the Army once and in doing so demonizes the Army.
He calls Keogh, sentenced to three years for armed robbery, a hero and castigizes the Army. He quotes Keogh’s parents;
The Keoghs say they never heard a word from the army throughout all their son’s service, not even a call when he was awarded a medal or became the only soldier since Vietnam to be promoted in the field.
Oh, my God, how insensative of the Army. Fancy the Colonel not phoning every one of the 800 parents, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends or whoever the soldier had listed as his Next of Kin and telling them their one and only had been awarded a medal, or promoted. The medal Keogh was awarded was the Australian Active service medal along with some 5,000 plus other diggers.
Oh, my God, how stupid are some people. I wonder does the BHP CEO phone every mother etc of people they promote? Get real. Did the Editor of the Australian phone up Steve Barrett’s mum and dad or wife when he got promoted to the ‘Put shit on the Army’ desk? I think not
Matt told Judge Greg Hosking how he had tried to get help for Keogh and Jozwiak from a senior military police officer in the battalion, only to be told there was nothing that could be done because they were no longer soldiers.
The senior military police officer in the battalion is not an officer, he’s a sergeant and he’s not military police, hes regimental police and thats a totally different kettle of fish and he’s flat out helping the RSM maintain discipline in the unit. He has little time to help people who were once in the unit.
Did the journalist ever think to talk to the Army to verify the stories these guys were handing the Judge.
Once again, he’s not a hero. He went to Timor and did his job just like all the other thousands of diggers except the rest of them aren’t doing time for firing a pistol at shopkeepers during armed robberies.
Jail for Timor hero.
In NSW an East Timor vet is convicted of armed robbery (that included firing the weapon) and makes much of his time in Timor in an attempt to justify his fall from grace.
The veteran, Brett Keogh reportedly suffers flashbacks and nightmares, has trouble sleeping and contracted malaria in Timor.
His Dad says;
… his son never asked for help. “It’s a macho thing. He’s over there leading a platoon – who’s going to admit to having problems when they get back?”
Lieutenants lead platoons. According to Triple J Brett Keogh was a corporal.
Described as “gregarious and fun-loving” before going to East Timor, the young soldier “came back that paranoid he always thought someone was going to kill him”, Keogh’s father, Brian, told The Australian yesterday
Paranoid. Mmmm. Maybe he was paranoid because he was kicked out of the Army ….. after being discharged for testing positive to drugs… and graduated to injecting himself with amphetamines. Maybe amphetamines leads to paranoia, I don’t know, but to blame all his sins on his service is weak and brings disrepute on those soldiers who served well and continue to serve their country in the military or civy street.
Hero my arse. Good man gone bad maybe, but no hero.
Study links oral sex to mouth cancer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don’t let the girls read this. Dress the editor of New Scientist in drag and kill, burn bash and bury the bastard. Withdraw all copies of the magazine and have a ‘burning of the books’ at some male dominated arena – the MCG maybe.
Read the article. Remember the first principle of offensive action is to know the enemy.
Where’s the censors when you need them?