Wednesday, November 21, 2012

From the medja


Speaking on ABC radio on Wednesday, Mr Giddings also said a new rail link to Avalan would cost $150 million, compared to the "billions" to put one through to Melbourne Airport.



Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/avalon-boss-rails-against-tullamarine-plans-20121121-29pha.html#ixzz2Cpm4GwIr
Speaking on ABC radio on Wednesday, Mr Giddings also said a new rail link to Avalan would cost $150 million, compared to the "billions" to put one through to Melbourne Airport
Avalan hey. Nice work at The Age. I make typos, but writing is not my profession.  

How about the racial abuse on a bus? What scum. Even if caught, whoever threw whatever broke the window might receive a couple of hours of community service. Clearly menacing abuse will be judged not worth pursuing. We can only rely on shame.



Photo from The Age.

This is Jill Brookes. In July she was bashed by a thief in her second hand book store until she was unconscious. Her skull was smashed and she suffered serious brain damage. Some months later, she is undergoing rehabilitation; regaining the use of her hand and learning to walk, although she is unable to speak and is fed through a tube.

The offender, who had not been caught, stole $200. I hope he is caught and severely punished, but he won't be. He may receive a couple of years in gaol. For a life ruined, I should think about fifteen years would be appropriate. Why are magistrates and judges always so lenient with cases of assault? They wonder why the community get exasperated with light sentences. Violence on another person should be punished much more harshly.

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  1. Sadly, some lives are apparently more valuable than others. But our society condones violence - look at the difference in ratings on violent films and those with sex scenes!!!

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    1. Correct Red, and it is wrong.

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  2. I saw that bus abuse story on the news last night and couldn't understand why the driver didn't stop and ask him to get off. Or why he didn't radio in for assistance and be met by police somewhere to escort the a***hole off the bus. There's just no excuse for being so rude to fellow passengers, but that won't stop some people. As for the bashing incident, 15 years wouldn't be enough in my opinion. A life ruined, as you said, deserves a far harsher sentence.

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    1. River, given how busy the bus was, it is possible that the driver wasn't even aware until later stages. Police are rarely quick to respond to problems on public transport, although when someone pulled a knife out on a tram a few nights ago, the quickly apprehended the culprits.

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  3. The shocking side of our society. I agree about the lenient sentences.

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    1. Diane, I just don't understand why sentences are always so out of step with what people think.

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  4. Yep, it's embarrassing. And infuriating.

    And getting blind drunk and being inconsiderate and offensive is part of our great coming of age ritual - "Schoolies". Where did that come from?

    We've lost our way. Somewhere, we took a wrong turn. People don't seem to have boundaries anymore.

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    1. FC, with relief, I quietly exited school on my last day, as did everyone else. Apart from one person some years ago, I have never seen any teacher or classmate since.

      The ones in the video don't even have the excuse of being particularly young.

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  5. Over here those who deal in drugs tend to receive harsher sentences than those who beat up someone. I suppose you could say drugs are an assault on people but personally I'd much rather have someone sell me drugs than beat me up. It makes no sense.

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    1. Well Rubye, if they would only 'just say no'. It is a valid comparison. Physical assault is far worse than what a drug pusher does.

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  6. If someone had done that to my mum I would have hired Dexter for sure!

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  7. Dexter from a tv show? I never saw it.

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  8. It was a little bizarre, even though he only killed the bad guys there was still something a little 'wrong' about it haha!

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Whenever I wish I was young again, I am sobered by memories of algebra.