Thursday, January 17, 2013

I don't get it?

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.

10 comments:

  1. I reckon the hippie is nothing but a scape goat for incompentant, greedy people who jumped the gun in the first place without checking whether the press release was the real deal they've only got themselves to blame.

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    1. Of course he is Windsmoke. Money markets really need to get their act together.

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  2. The cutting of doctors, nurses and physios etc from our hospitals is insane. I was in hospital recently and saw the tragedy of a] severely overworked staff and b] putting ambulances on by-pass. If the unstated goal of the conservative government is to get staff and patients out of public hospitals and into private, they will achieve that goal soon :(

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    1. Hels, if you recall, Fraser abolished Medibank, and Hawke reinstated it. Howard may Medicare Private move out of Medicare offices and pay their own rent. Then there is the private insurance subsidy that everyone pays for in their tax to benefit those who can afford private health insurance. In spite of constant attacks, the public has made it very clear they want good publically funded health care.

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  3. Hello Andrew:
    The situation with hospitals in the United Kingdom is almost exactly the same as you describe here.

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    1. JayLa, while our health systems are quite different, they do have some similarities.

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  4. I also don't see the sense in cutting hospital funding. There is NO way that will help get patients attended to faster. I will probably result in patients being asked to leave and recover at home from surgeries etc because they don't have enough funding and staff to attend them. Casualty will always have time wasters, much the same as GPs offices have time wasters, they come in with a splinter or a hang nail (slight exaggeration)or just wanting a certificate for a day off work because of a headache which might just be a hangover. They can't be turned away without being seen in case there is a real problem that needs attention.

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    1. Defies logic, doesn't it River. People having to attend a doctor for a certificate when they need time off for minor medical matters is a huge waste of public resources and personal. I am out of pocket nearly $40 each time I go to the doctor.

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  5. It's the same here Andrew..but hey we're going to have a big new waterfront complex, no matter that so many services are short of funds! Although the polls say different, I think Mr Barnett will get a shock in the next election! I think the assault charges etc as a percentage would be pretty low wouldn't they!

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    1. Grace, all Premiers must built a monument to their service and it looks like Barnett is very set on this one. The thing is, once it is built, I suspect people will like it and quickly forget about what was lost. Yes, as a percentage the figures are low, but still, alarming.

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