A hippie at a protest camp near a forest he wants to protect sends out a press release via his laptop in the name of the ANZ Bank stating that they will not be funding a company's development in an ecological sensitive area. No one checked the veracity of the press release and the half the company's value was wiped off, before returning to the previous level. Some panicked investors may have rushed to sell. I cast no blame on the hippie, who is being investigated and had his laptop confiscated by the authorities. How is it that our share market and financial system so fragile that an unverified press release can wipe millions of dollars from a company? That is what the authorities should be examining, not pursuing someone who I consider is almost a whistleblower . Personally, along with his cause, I fully support the hippie protester for exposing the money mens' weaknesses. Well money women too now.
Some public hospitals are not reaching performance targets. They are not getting enough people through. People are waiting on hospital trolleys for too long. Surgery lists are way behind. So what does the State Government do? Increase their funding so that they can perform better? No, the government penalises the hospitals by reducing their funding. Well, that is really going to help ill people who present at the hospital. In my opinion hospitals should forget about budgets and treat the ill as best they can without financial constraints. Of course a lot of money could be saved by getting rid of the time wasters at Casualty and not having ambulances queued up, unable to attend an emergency because they can't admit a patient and have to keep them on board the ambulance.
New Years Eve: State of Victoria
City, 17 assaults
City, 39 arrests
Lorne, one stabbing, a few beach overdoses and a brawl
Victoria wide, over 30 overdoses
Victoria, over 200 arrested for being drunk and disorderly
Victoria, 356 arrests for various offences
Victoria, 60 caught drink driving
Footscray, previous night, 2 teens stabbed
I don't know what your standards are, but by mine these are appalling figures. What does Victoria Police have to say about it?
Police praised the behaviour of New Year's Eve crowds.