Some random thoughts on #senatereform

Submitted by James Purser on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 11:44
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So Turnbull dropped the hammer on the senate yesterday with a set of changes to the way the senate is going to be elected. At the core of these changes will be the removal of the (and there really is no other way to describe them) anti-democratic preference deals that meant that voters lost control over where their preferences were directed if they voted above the line.

The changes have another benefit apart from returning full control over preferences to the voter. They also give all those groups that have sprung up to game the current system a good kick in the goolies.

First thoughts on the Wollongong/Shellharbour Merger

Submitted by James Purser on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:03
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So we finally have some actual detail about how the proposed Wollongong/Shellharbour LGA merger might work. Not just the fluff about "so many millions" that might be spent, but actual structural information.

First off let's have a look at how the proposed new LGA is going to work from a representative point of view.

Wollongong currently has the following:

A letter sent, a disappointment received.

Submitted by James Purser on Sat, 04/18/2015 - 21:11
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While I was distracted from the whole blogging thing, something did actually get me hacking at the keyboard on something that wasn't code. That was the metadata laws and the actions of the Labor party in allowing them to pass through with a few amendments that in the long run are going to be meaningless.

So I hacked out an email to my local federal member Stephen Jones (which I've included below).

Re Fires and the Cause of Fires

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:15
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Okay, I'm tired, cranky and still trying to shake the lingering after effects of a migraine, however I think this needs to be posted further than the facebook post I splashed it on in reference to the idea that "greenies" claim that Climate Change will be the direct cause of fires therefor they're stupid because everyone knows that's not true so there nya nya!

Throsby - a quick catchup

Submitted by James Purser on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:45
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Last time I blogged I spoke about the current stoush occuring in my Federal seat of Throsby between the left and right factions of the Labor party over who was going to be the next Labor candidate (and most likely member).

Well, the final showdown is going to happen on the 15th of June, with the current encumbent Stephen Jones going up against the contender and son of a former state mp, John Rumble.

Throsby - you can tell it's a safe labor seat

Submitted by James Purser on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 21:23
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The federal seat that I live in - Throsby - is by all accounts a very safe Labor seat. Since it was created in 1984 it has been held by Labor. The current encumbent, former union secretary Stephen Jones retained the seat at the last election with 62% of the vote after preferrences were distributed. If the expected votergeddon happens in September Throsby will be on of the few seats that Labor retains.

Which of course means that it is a treasure to be made safe against the on coming tide of voter dissent.

The derp is already knee deep

Submitted by James Purser on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:09
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Well we're only a couple of weeks into the official unofficial election campaign and already the derp is knee deep. I can confidently predict that by the time the actual poll rolls around, we're not going to be able to get to a polling station due to the fact that we're all going to be trapped in a great steaming layer of derp several miles deep.

Let's have a look at some of the highlights of the past two weeks shall we?

Virtual Caretaker Mode derp

Liberal Party: Comparing being gay to bestiality is ill disciplined

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:38
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Look, it's very simple, according to Tony Abbott, his (now former) parliamentary secretary Cory Bernadi was being ill disciplined when he said that allowing gay marriage would inevitably and irrevocabbly lead to men marrying their dogs/horses/cats/stick insects.

Ill disciplined.

Not wrong, not offensive, not even a little wrong headed.

Ill disciplined.