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I've never known anyone to be so fanatical about Australia online -- I love it! :)

 

The whole Dalai Lama fiasco was pretty poor. It's worrying that our leaders would almost rather pander to the Chinese than their own populace. At least common sense won out in the end.

I agree, wimps!

Rudd wants to practice his Chinese.

 

Has anyone seen this anywhere?

A painting worth an estimated $1.3 million has "disappeared" from a wall of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in what is expected to be the biggest Australian art heist since the early 1990s.

 

The missing painting is the 17th century self-portrait A Cavalier, by Dutch master Frans van Mieris I, and some media reports claim at least five other paintings are missing from the gallery.

. .UPDATE : The painting is now believed to have been stolen when the gallery was open to the public, and the thief was able to :

 

flee unnoticed with it after "expertly removing it from its mounting", police said today.

 

Police say the thief struck between 10am and 12.30pm, when the gallery would have been open to visitors.

 

Gallery spokeswoman Susanne Briggs said the entire work – including the timber frame – had been carefully unscrewed from the wall.

The Orstrahyun

Ozzies lurve culture.

Would have been a few thousand people there at the time.

 

Bonsai out of the loop

Don't let anybody tell you that prime minister John Howard isn't on top of what's going on in Iraq, particularly when it comes to the final round of deployments in the US troop "surge" that is supposed to rein in all the death and destruction :

 

Mr Howard said "evidence about the success so far of the surge is mixed", but he had not given up hope.

 

"The surge has not reached its peak and it won't reach its peak for some weeks yet," he said.

 

According to the US Defence Department, who'd you expect to know the facts :

 

The full contingent of new U.S. forces being sent to Iraq -- what military leaders call a "surge" of troops to improve security and stability in the capital -- was completed by Friday, with 28,500 additional troops now posted in the country, a U.S. military spokesman said.

 

Howard often cites his friendship with President Bush, and his contact with the inner circle of the White House, as being evident of how the Bush administration cherishes Australia's troop commitment to the Iraq War. Clearly, they're not getting on the phone to him as often as they used to.

The Orstrahyun

 

But ask Howard's boys about the lies and distortions that led to the Iraq War, the AWB scandal, or why they didn't tell the voters about Workchoices before the 2004 elections and they will tell you we mustn't dwell in the past, "let's look to the future".

 

But what is the Howard future? Where is it? All they talk about is the past. Thirty years ago, 12 years ago, nine months ago.

 

90% of Australians couldn't give a tinkers about the 'Culture Wars'. Most don't even know what it is, or what it is supposed to be a war over. They are concerned about climate change and how much their children are going to be paid, and what sort of conditions they might have to work under, because these are issues about what awaits us in the future.

 

Australians want to look to the future, and in many ways we can't wait to get there. The fact that Australia's boom economy is based around a two thousand year old power source and we have internet speeds that are laughed at by nine year old kids in South Korea are two examples of how far behind we are in a world rapidly speeding up, and moving ahead. We know we are being left behind, and it's making us edgy.

 

But we don't get much in the way of vision statements or inspirational future dreaming from the federal government. All we hear about is how they are desperately trying to patch up the holes in all the promises they made, but never delivered on, while their bulldogs shout at us from Parliament via the evening news about how we've "never had it so good."

 

While many Australian journalists and opinion writers pretend to be mystified as to why the Labor Party remains so high in the polls, long after the Rudd honeymoon was supposed to end and Howard Corp. was to get their supposedly long overdue surge, Australians are anything but confused.

 

They want to know what the future holds. They want to know what's coming, and not just how good their broadband may or may not be in three years time. They want to feel like somebody is making the big plans, dreaming the big dreams and thinking of the long-term future, not just how to win the next election.

 

Don't tell me what you've done, Mr Howard. Tell me what kind of Australia we will be living in in ten years time, in twenty years time, in fifty years time.

An excellent Australian( pronounced orstrahyun) Blog if you want to know more;-

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Well why not, we have forums on everything else here I guess the inspiration for this thread came from a recent momentous moment in Australian History You need to read the fine details and press rep

I've gone with the funny option.     You're not Australian 'til...   1) You've mimicked Alf Stewart from the TV show Home and Away's broad, Australian accent, eg. "push off, ya flamin' drongo!"   2)

Well then I guess young girls with big boobs are ok then? It chaps my *** that nudity and porn are assumed to be the same thing too. Is there no end to suppression of human sexuality? Far too many peo

A great week

 

Oz Federal Politicians gave themselves a 6.5% pay increase as they are passing twice as much legislation, now they have control of both houses. Such an increase in productivity! Inflation is only 4%!

(Nurses may be allowed a 2% increase)

 

Melborne & Sydney are going to build de-sal plants

Who, I hear you ask, will pay for these?

 

Parched Australia plans giant desalination plant

19 Jun 2007 09:57:53 GMT

Source: Reuters

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SYDNEY, June 19 (Reuters) - Australia is planning to build one of the world's largest desalination plants as part of a $4.9 billion ($4 billion) programme to provide drinking water to the nation's second-largest city Melbourne.

 

The plan, announced Tuesday, followed a warning from environmental group WWF that removing salt from sea water to overcome a worldwide shortage of drinking water could end up worsening the crisis.

 

The Victorian state government said water bills for consumers could double to fund the A$3.1 billion plant planned for Wonthaggi, south-east of Melbourne. It also plans another A$1 billion expanding pipelines and the city's water grid.

 

The plan was part of a drought-proofing package to generate 150 billion litres of drinking water annually -- about one-third of Melbourne's current consumption, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

 

Much of southern Australia has been in the grip of the worst drought in living memory and many reservoirs feeding major cities and towns are at alarmingly low levels. Water restrictions are widespread.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SYD122671.htm

To coincide with the release of Pirates 3 movie

the Oz government is going Spanish Maine

 

Australia to buy Spanish warships

CANBERRA - Australia is to buy three Spanish designed warships and two large Spanish landing ships, Prime Minister John Howard announced today.

 

Mr Howard said the navy would be equipped with three Navantia F100 air warfare destroyers worth a total of A$8 billion ($9.02 billion).

 

To be Australia's most advanced and expensive warships, they will enter service from 2013.

 

And in another win for Spain, the Australian navy will be equipped with two 27,000 tonne Navantia landing ships at a cost of about A$3 billion

.

Australia to buy Spanish warships - 20 Jun 2007 - NZ Herald: World / International News

 

"landing ships" should Indonesia or the Philippines be worried?

 

But,

War games are fun!

U.S., Australia Launch War Games

Associated Press | June 19, 2007

SYDNEY, Australia - Australia and the United States launched their biggest joint war games Monday, with 27,500 troops backed by a U.S. aircraft carrier engaging in exercises aimed at consolidating the allies' military dominance in the Asia Pacific region.

 

The biennial Talisman Sabre exercise pits 20,000 U.S. troops and 7,500 Australian forces against two fictional enemies - the Kamarians and Musorians - in a variety of land and sea-based scenarios designed to test their skills in combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian relief efforts.

 

The exercise, which runs until July 2, will also include 10 U.S. ships, 20 Australian ships and 125 aircraft operating off the coast of Rockhampton in northeastern Queensland state.

 

"The United States and Australia have a long-standing relationship ... we share the same values and interests. Foremost among those interests is the stability and security of the Asia-Pacific region," U.S. Vice Admiral Doug Crowder told reporters on board the USS Blue Ridge in Sydney.

 

"Therefore it is very important that our militaries train together to carry out the types of missions our governments may call upon us to execute to ensure regional security and stability," he said.

 

The exercise comes as the United States and Japan step up efforts to build a joint missile defense system in Asia, partly as a bulwark against regional threats, such as a nuclear-armed North Korea.

 

Australia, a steadfast U.S. ally that maintains around 2,000 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, is studying whether to participate in the defense shield, Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said this month.

 

Sound Off...What do you think? Join the discussion.

U.S., Australia Launch War Games

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What a waste of money..

 

DeSal plants may be needed now, but a carefully laid plan a few years back could have avoided the need. The question is, can they be built soon enough?

 

I would also like to know what enviromental impacts this has, converting large amounts of water to fresh - I guess its just a literal drop in ocean..

 

Seriously our piddly little army doesnt stand a chance if korea, china, japan or america wanted to invade - its just there for looks and so we can be seen to 'support' other countries in wars. I think we would be better off without it - its not lazy, but minding our own business :evil:

 

Dont mind me Im just rambling on..

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What a waste of money..

 

DeSal plants may be needed now, but a carefully laid plan a few years back could have avoided the need. The question is, can they be built soon enough

?

YEP

Dunno

I would also like to know what enviromental impacts this has, converting large amounts of water to fresh - I guess its just a literal drop in ocean..

not too bad actually see ABC (Dr karl) links

 

Seriously our piddly little army doesnt stand a chance if korea, china, japan or america wanted to invade - its just there for looks and so we can be seen to 'support' other countries in wars. I think we would be better off without it - its not lazy, but minding our own business :evil:

It is ajoke isn't it

21 million people by the end of July

WOW!

How many has Indonesia, China, India, have??

A nice neutral policy like Switzerland would save us a lot of $

NZ seems to keep their head down OK

 

 

Dont mind me Im just rambling on..

me too

What do you think of this? sent it to Dr. Karl but he is too busy

m

I talked to a Guy at a recent conference who worked for a big power Station up north.

I ran the "de-sal at power plant" idea by him and he thought it was a good idea.

Power Stations, as you know, need to keep a base load going.

At night, he said, they need to gradually "step down" their massive generators. CO2 wise, this is not very efficient use of the energy produced by burning the coal. A lot of energy is wasted gradually stepping down the massive generators over a period of hours.

Sometimes they need to expend a lot of energy going to get an extra power station on line to cope with peak demand.

He also said that seawater used for cooling is warmed to 50C anyway, so it is not a lot more to get to 101C.

I suppose it is a matter of economics, perhaps of perception, perhaps of conservative thinking; but the Professor's new technology (below) looks good.

 

What do you think?

 

Professor Discovers Better Way To Desalinate Water

 

Science Daily — Chemical engineer Kamalesh Sirkar, PhD, a distinguished professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and an expert in membrane separation technology, is leading a team of researchers to develop a breakthrough method to desalinate water. Sirkar, who holds more than 20 patents in the field of membrane separation, said that using his technology, engineers will be able to recover water from brines with the highest salt concentrations. The Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior is funding the project.

 

Kamalesh K. Sirkar, PhD, is a distinguished professor of chemical engineering and the sponsored chair for membrane separations and the director for the Center for Membrane Technologies at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

 

"Our process will work especially well with brines holding salt concentrations above 5.5 percent," Sirkar said. Currently, 5.5 percent is the highest percentage of salt in brine that can be treated using reverse osmosis.

 

"We especially like our new process because we can fuel it with low grade, inexpensive waste heat," Sirkar said. "Cheap heat costs less, but can heat brine efficiently."

 

ScienceDaily: Professor Discovers Better Way To Desalinate Water

ScienceDaily: Professor Discovers Better Way To Desalinate Water

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Sounds good M, I havent heard of this before.. I dont know much of Dr. Karl, it seems people tend to listen to him. What is his position exactly?

 

It would be good if he is a true scientist and listens to reason and gives a good unbias opinion to those that matter..

 

 

Dr Karl has degrees in Physics and Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, and Medicine and Surgery, and he has studied several non-degree years at various universities in Astrophysics, Computer Science and Philosophy. He appears to be logical, reasonable, and rather unbiased.

 

All about Karl

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Dr Karl has degrees in Physics and Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, and Medicine and Surgery, and he has studied several non-degree years at various universities in Astrophysics, Computer Science and Philosophy. He appears to be logical, reasonable, and rather unbiased.

 

All about Karl

I think he is scientist in residence at Uni of NSW

Some Ozzie humour (spelt correctly spell check!)

ABC Sydney » Thank God it's Friday

Last week was good although you need to be up to date with Oz current affairs.

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Dr Karl writes for the Good Weekend and often appears on ABC radio. He often has quite interesting things to say. ;)

 

 

Dr Karl is great. I listen to him on Triple J on Thursdays when I get the chance, and I've read his books. He's very intelligent and brings science to the general public in a way they can understand.

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What a waste of money..

 

DeSal plants may be needed now, but a carefully laid plan a few years back could have avoided the need. The question is, can they be built soon enough?

 

I would also like to know what environmental impacts this has, converting large amounts of water to fresh - I guess its just a literal drop in ocean..

 

Seriously our piddly little army doesn't stand a chance if korea, china, japan or America wanted to invade - its just there for looks and so we can be seen to 'support' other countries in wars. I think we would be better off without it - its not lazy, but minding our own business ;)

 

Dont mind me I'm just rambling on..

There are over 100 de-sal plants in Florida alone.

including the biggest

I would imagine Florida is a little wetter than Oz

We can't find drinking water for 21 Mil people?

 

 

I live on the Central Coast of NSW surrounded by power stations that use salt water to cool the plants.

I have often wondered (with 16% water in the dam) why the power stations can't also desalinate water

 

I talked to a Guy at a recent conference who worked for a big power Station up north.

I ran the "de-sal at power plant" idea by him and he thought it was a good idea.

 

Power Stations, as you know, need to keep a base load going.

At night, he said, they need to gradually "step down" their massive generators. CO2 wise, this is not very efficient use of the energy produced by burning the coal. A lot of energy is wasted gradually stepping down the massive generators over a period of hours.

Sometimes they need to expend a lot of energy going to get an extra power station on line to cope with peak demand.

He also said that seawater used for cooling is warmed to 50C anyway, so it is not a lot more to get to 101C.

 

I suppose it is a matter of economics, perhaps of perception, perhaps of conservative thinking; but the Professor's new technology (below) looks good.

What do you think?

Professor Discovers Better Way To Desalinate Water

 

Science Daily — Chemical engineer Kamalesh Sirkar, PhD, a distinguished professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and an expert in membrane separation technology, is leading a team of researchers to develop a breakthrough method to desalinate water. Sirkar, who holds more than 20 patents in the field of membrane separation, said that using his technology, engineers will be able to recover water from brines with the highest salt concentrations. The Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior is funding the project.

 

Kamalesh K. Sirkar, PhD, is a distinguished professor of chemical engineering and the sponsored chair for membrane separations and the director for the Center for Membrane Technologies at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

 

"Our process will work especially well with brines holding salt concentrations above 5.5 percent," Sirkar said. Currently, 5.5 percent is the highest percentage of salt in brine that can be treated using reverse osmosis.

 

"We especially like our new process because we can fuel it with low grade, inexpensive waste heat," Sirkar said. "Cheap heat costs less, but can heat brine efficiently."

 

ScienceDaily: Professor Discovers Better Way To Desalinate Water

ScienceDaily: Professor Discovers Better Way To Desalinate Water

 

On desalination and putting back the salt

Desalination - Ask a Real Expert - Ask an expert - The Lab - Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Gateway to Science

Desalination - Ask an expert - The Lab - Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Gateway to Science

 

I would like to see a desal-plant for the Murry/Darling alone, -situated somewhere in the upper reaches in Qld.

This would restore some environmental flows, improve the environment and rescue most of Ozzs productive land.

No porn, no alcohol for NT aborigines

Check the web or digg for hundreds of posts.

This is the 13th report on Child abuse.

This one is special as it is 3 months before the election?

Prohibition works? where?

The latest Bonsi. AKA Howard. AKA Jackboot Johnny- his cleverest move yet

Invents new Tampa for next election?

 

What is the link/deal with pornography?

Have I gone to sleep and woken up in 1950?

 

Bonsai is buying 10 Billion$ in Boats

Where is the money coming for this?

Where are the trained staff?

The doctors the police who know about aboriginal culture.

You can't get doctors to work in the bush now so how?

(I went to the local hospital casualty on Sunday night. There were about 100 people waiting. The triage nurse told me some had been waiting 6 hours-this is in a Sydney suburb!)

Howard has 40 NT police working for federal police on border control.

It would be good if all kids in Oz could have a free comprehensive medical/dental/optical/psychological check.

If the impetus for this is sexual abuse why won't Father/Minister Abbot check for STDs?

His lame excuse was that this was not covered by medicare! He decides after all!?

 

What is he going to do with the people he finds need medical attention?

Where are the re-hab facilities?

You can't get psychiatric treatment in Sydney unless you are VERY well heeled.

 

What is the $ budget for this exercise?

 

or

is the whole thing got some other agenda?

Why just the NT when he has the constitutional right to take over ALL states aboriginal affairs. Why are NT kid more at risk?

 

Does he need a new mine or nuclear dump on aboriginal NT land?

What about the new US, NT airbase?`

Is this where we are going to swap political prisoners from the USA to go to the new 60mil Christmas island facility?

 

In the crossfire between left and right commentators on this ; did anyone notice he slipped though the Australian ID card in the dying hours of the Winter Parliament session?.

No? Perhaps that was the point + He gets some 'right wing' and 'bleeding heart' brownie points for the election in 3 months time? by being "tough" on aborigines.

 

Give me a break!

This whole thing will be lucky to last 12 weeks and then go the way of his various other silly pronouncements on History and/or English teaching.

He is the master illusionist- "Watch here while I slip this one in over here".

The press, as usual, follow like the goats they are;

and Bonsai is home free.!

 

You have to admire his political astuteness. He is so devious and Machiavellian ++So clever!

He could teach Machiavelli a thing or two about dealing with the media and silencing dissent -within and without- his Party

It is a great pity that he is also a humourless, authoritarian, anti-democratic, anti-human rights, power-hungry, amoral, dissembling, evil, socially divisive, gouging,self-centered liar of the First Degree

Otherwise I'd vote for him:)

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This draconian outrage has shaken Australia awake

 

 

John Howard's Aboriginal plan has rebounded, finally recommencing the debate about our nation's historic wound

 

Richard Flanagan

Thursday June 28, 2007

The Guardian

 

Among his many achievements, John Howard is sometimes credited with the invention of "dog whistling" politics - whereby, without any objectionable or racist idea being directly stated, the dog hears exactly the message meant.

 

Whatever the truth of such claims, throughout his long career the Australian prime minister has left himself open to the accusation of racism. From questioning Asian immigration in the 1980s to initially welcoming the racist comments of the far-right MP Pauline Hanson, Howard was widely perceived to play the race card to great effect.

Under Howard, federal government support for black Australia slowly dried up. Services were slashed, native title restricted. By 2000 official figures revealed that more than 41% of indigenous women and 50% of indigenous men could expect to die before they reached 50. Still nothing was done. The condition of many Aboriginal communities - frequently and accurately described as third world - grew only worse. The dreamtime was a grog-ridden nightmare. In the last few years black leaders, government agencies and welfare bodies have been talking of a growing crisis in traditional communities and calling for immediate action. But not until last week did Howard, less than six months out from an election and facing polls pointing to, in his own words, "electoral annihilation", discover this "national emergency".

This draconian outrage has shaken Australia awake | Guardian daily comment | Guardian Unlimited

One of the more intelligent articles I have read on this.

 

The author of the report Howard is reacting too seemed very puzzled on ABC TV the other night wondering why most of his 97 recommendations had been ignored and the whole approcah had been so heavy handed.

The poor guy after spending a year talking to aborigines in remote communities, gaining their trust etc seemed genunely bemused by Howard's response.

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The grounding of the Pasha Bulker near the entrance to Newcastle Harbour (the biggest coal loading port in the world) has been a boon to Newcastle Tourism.

Thousands of people are swarming there causing traffic chaos and a boon to mobile food sellers and local cafes.

People are driving 1,000 K from interstate. (just shows you how bad TV is)

Two cables attached to tugs broke last night so it is still there.(The pash weighs 32,000 tons-empty)

Must be a lot of relieved local business owners in Newcastle.

Another attempt will be made to-night 29 June 12 hours time

 

The Pasha is said to be quite spectacular and awesome.

Have a look at some of the photos, but they don't really give you an idea of how incongruously amazing the scene is

Last night it was due to be pulled off the beach

Saving the Pasha Bulker - National - smh.com.au

Video

Sydney Morning Herald - Business News, World News & Breaking News - Sydney, Australia

 

Photo Gallery of the grounded bulk carrier Pasha Bulker. 11 Jun 2007. ABC Newcastle NSW. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

 

Here are some of several thousand T Shirt slogans rung in to a local radio station

Many are on sale at the site.

1233 breakfast launches Pasha T-shirt slogan challenge. 12 Jun 2007. ABC Newcastle NSW. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Of course it helps when "to pash" means something quite different in Oz.

 

"if you we're going to sell T-shirts about the Pasha Bulka running aground on Nobbys Beach, what would the slogan be?

DAY 1

 

Nice and short. Picture of the Pasha Bulka with the Harbour Entrance in Shot: "Missed it by that much."

 

My T-Shirt slogan comes is inspired by the Field of Dreams Movie: "If you beach it - they will come" - Gionni Di Gravio - Mayfield

 

"SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS - not PARK" - Anon

 

If you can't pash a thinner, Pash a Bulker.

 

"Tow Away Zone" - Anon

 

"Pasha Pasha Nobby's Crasha" - Patricia

 

"Does my ship look big in this?" - Lilly

 

"Valet?" - Steve

 

"Coal queue Jumper " - Roslyn

 

"Bugger my brakes failed" - Anon

 

"Male Driver" - Jan

 

"Why didn't the the Captain stay off the Port" - Col

 

"World's Largest Surfest Viewing Platform" - Mark, Cessnock

 

"The Ship's hit the Sand at Nobby's" - Nick

 

"I got Wrecked at Nobby's!" - Gordon

 

"Nobby's caught Pashing Bulka at Beach" - Anon

 

"At Nobby's Size Does Matter" - John

 

"See the Incredible Bulk" - John

 

"10 years to move the Boulder - 50 yrs to move the Pasha" - Helen

 

"Forget the Pasha - We need a BIG tug" - John

 

"I TOLD YOU PORT IS LEFT AND STARBORD IS RIGHT!!!" - Bill

 

"Come and looka, Pash Bulka" - Enid

 

"ALL ABOARD - THEY'VE PARKED THE ARK!" - Julie

 

"I got smashed at Nobbys" - Anon

 

"DINKIN MATE, MY BOAT'S THIS BIG !" - Anon

 

Front of T-shirt: "There the bloody hell you are!"

Back of T-shirt: "Talk about a bingle!"

- Anon

 

"Life's a beach!" - Anon

 

"Dude where's my coal tanker." - Anon

 

"Now THAT was a wave" - Anne

 

"Oops! 0r left! Left! NO! The other left!" - Jen

 

"They laughed at noah too!" - Anon

 

"We had a Pasha Bulker in the sand at Nobby's Newcastle 8/6/2007" - Veronica.

 

"EVERYONE hits the beaches in Newcastle" - Julie

 

"Its a huld up on the bank" - Anon

 

"Hey jimmy. Are we there yet?" - Anon

 

"How about a pash?" - Jenny

 

"Oh frigate!" - Vernice.

 

"Are we there yet?" - Richard

 

"I beached my ship at nobbies and all I got was this crappy shirt!" - Anon

 

"SHIP HAPPENS !" - Anon

 

Captain to No1: "How do you think we'll go at surfest?" - Terry

 

"HOLEY SHIP!!!" - Anon

 

"Pasha bimbo at Nobby's" - Anon

 

"Hey u in the red. No surfing between the flags!" - Wilko

 

"Ship to shore" - Anon

 

"Nobbys boat shop" - Anon

 

"Paris fails boat license." - Geoff

 

" WHAT THE ?? " – Steve

 

 

Workchoices – All I wanted to do was take away their loading – Peter

 

Nobbys Beach, where Bulk waves are guaranteed – John

 

Love me or Leave me - You may need to wear me. Love Pasha – Darren

 

"Not the first lot of mariners to crash in Newcastle" - from knights fan Chris

 

"I got carriered away at Nobbys" – Joanne

 

"I crashed at nobby's and woke up in deep ship" – Chris

 

"My ship has finally hit the sand" – Bill

 

"Pusha Backa the Pasha Bulker" – Glen

 

Keep our beaches clean. No shipping in the surf – Michael

 

"Can I float your boat?" – Gillian

 

Never again would Captain Feathersword leave Jeff in charge of the ship – Pat

 

Environmentalists: "It's important to get it back to sea before the rest

of the pod follows it in." - Jacquie

 

"Did you say 1800 TUGS?" - Ian

 

"Oh Pasha, did it move for you?" – Peter

 

Full SAND ahead! – Michelle

 

"I think she's stuck Russ" – Stephen

 

Off Shore Love Boat - Passion Bonka

 

Newcastle: Just passing - thought I'd drop in.

 

"I crashed at Nobby's and woke up in deep ship"

 

EMAIL: "I told you we would get better radio reception here"

 

"FLOATING CASINO - OPENING SOON"

 

"Pasha Bulka - Revenge of the Whales"

 

I blew at the Breakers

 

"I'm getting tugged off at Nobby's" Anon

 

 

Pash a Bulka and turn it into a frog - Helen

 

 

 

What do you mean, there is no ship's captain blooper program?

 

Next year I'm coming dressed as the Exxon Valdez!

 

Maybe I should go out, and come in again?

 

What do you mean, "I'm grounded!"?

 

This is BIG BROTHER ... "It's time to leave... Pasha Bulker!"

 

 

But Officer, I was cut off by a jet ski - Mark

 

ooh...... bugger!

 

Q: What did the tug boat say to the lighthouse?

A: I think Nobby's got a ship on his boulder. - Mum on a Roll

 

 

Newcastle...knee deep in ships - Suzanne

 

Not Happy Jan - Leonie

 

I came, I saw, I had no idea why they parked it here, I left

 

Why be boring, do something the world will see - Andrew

 

Bloody Viking Invasions - Steve

 

 

One of the many souvenirs on sale is a stubby (beer) holder

 

A forum with photos.

Pasha Bulker at Nobby's Beach - IceInSpace Forums

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Why just the NT when he has the constitutional right to take over ALL states aboriginal affairs. Why are NT kid more at risk?

 

From what I understand the Federal Government has control over the NT, and Howard is encouraging the state leaders to tackle this problem in their own states.

 

I was glad to hear that something was being done about the aborigines' state of living. Enough is enough. Sure we came in and took over their land, but we've said we're sorry and now it's time for them to accept the situation and make the best out of it.

 

There is no reason for them to be virtually living in poverty and abusing each other and glue/alcohol. The aborigines are saying that Howard is being racist, but they've shown they can't be left to care for themselves. I'm fed up with seeing drunk aborigines staggering around Adelaide, begging for money and being abusive. There is so much government support available for them and all they have to do is take it. I think this clean-up program is a good use of our money, and if something isn't done about it now then it'll just get worse.

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The author of the report Howard is reacting too seemed very puzzled on ABC TV the other night wondering why most of his 97 recommendations had been ignored and the whole approcah had been so heavy handed.

The poor guy after spending a year talking to aborigines in remote communities, gaining their trust etc seemed genunely bemused by Howard's response.

 

Hello Michaelangelica,

 

You might remember that in the very early stages there was talk about how John Howard was prepared to do unconstitutional things to help the poor Australian Aboriginals (without saying sorry).

 

Considering that the Northern Territory has not yet reached statehood, the federal government (read PM) operates in much the same way as our state Governors acted prior to the introduction of the (as yet unratified by the people of Australia via majority yes votes in a referendum) Australia act 1986, i.e. the governor was not a mere puppet of the government and could withold or disallow legislation (like the NT Euthanasia bill that was knocked on the head by the Federal government).

 

So now we have a coalition of the willing (state premiers) who (almost) all donate 10 police officers to prop up the federal governments non constitutional (constitutional prior to 1986) behaviour in a way that appears constitutional (under the post 1986 regime) ???

 

This twisted and convoluted process only seems to further support the federal treasurer, Peter Costello, in his statement on national TV (ACA) several years ago that 'the constitution is broken'. The federal government is behaving as if the states are the only legitimate constitutional authorities in Australia through their 'joint' actions.

 

It's not surprising that Johnnie and Kevvie don't want prince William as an Australian Governor General, because there would be no certainty that he would act as a rubber stamp for either of them.

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William as GG!! LOL

If we are stupid enough to accept that I'm moving OS - NZ or Tasmania !

The Woman's Week opps monthly would love it:)

 

Constitutionally the Federal Government has power over All Aboriginal Affairs in All States.

 

Being poor and homeless is not an Aboriginal franchise.

 

Howard is a racist, (& an elitist) thats what "dog-whistle politics" is all about.

 

Anyone hear anything about the massive new USA/OZ NT Airbase? (Now ready to go). Because of the size of the military cargo planes this may be the only Oz airbase that can take them. But Why?

 

Anyone hear any protest about the new Australia Card?

 

Where is the GW debate up to?

 

The ABC screens a "Global Warming-they are telling you porkies" show this coming week.

What 'Interesting Times' we live in!

Science Show

Saturday 30 June 2007

 

Listen Now - 30062007 | Download Audio - 30062007

 

* 00:00: Mark Lynas and Six Degrees

* 12:17: Human activity and climate change

* 22:44: Climate models and The Regional Climate Group

* 32:20: Human responsibility and climate change

* 38:35: Scientific response to The Great Global Warming Swindle

* 44:40: Global warming effects on ecosystems

 

 

The Pasha is still there, some want it to stay (!)

Strange they can't make a decent steel cable or three in Newcastle- I guess it's always the weakest link:)

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