Saturday, November 02, 2013

I don't get it

This is a bit stale and past its use by date.

1/ Why would anyone who cares about our environment and the social welfare of the people of Australia vote for The Abbott?

2/ Why is an East West road tunnel being built that will help a very few people get to where they want to be and cost taxpayers so much money? At least the private tunnels in Sydney and Brisbane went broke to shareholders and took little taxpayers money. This Melbourne tunnel better be a private thing where a company loses money, not taxpayers. (We know a lot more now and it is not getting any better)

3/ Why do people feel the need to use their device, mobile phone or whatever, and not pay attention to what is happening around them when driving? It is illegal, but it can be done when stationary by just glancing at what is on your phone and looking back to traffic lights to observe when they turn green. Australia has become a country of horn blasting from people to get the car in front moving when the lights turn green, although often enough two consecutive drivers will be looking at screens and it is a slow move off when both have to horned.


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  1. Andrew, I've spent decades wondering why people voted for Fraser after the dismissal. Economic mismanagement and mainly biased dirt from the media - but what about the principle?
    This time round it has occurred to me that people "need" stability, not matter what it cost. The job I had that didn't last long drove home the point that no one will invest money if they are uncertain about coming economic policies. I blame Abbott totally for talking down the economy, but I confess I put the Coalition 99th ahead of the Labor Party [at 100] when I voted.
    Do I expect Abbott to care about the environment or the little people? No. But Labor had no only abandoned the little people, they had brought forward and worsened some of the Liberal party's pre-existing policies that disadvantaged the little people. The bottom line was paucity of options.

    The road tunnel is what a chap I knew would have called "a spit in a good soup"- destruction of parklands, extensive interruptions to traffic flow, unlikely to improve anything worth improving, hideously expensive and more.
    Again, it all comes down to a paucity of choices between politicians and their own personal interests.
    There seems no clear vision at either state or federal levels in politics - decisions are ad hoc [i.e. on the run depending on what is the best way for decision makers to line their own pockets.
    Which comes first, cynicism or crap government?

    Devices? Most of us use them in one shape or another, but I fear they are a sign of the beginning of the end of respect for others - people are programming themselves into a very insular zone. Their impact on driving is just the tip of the iceberg.
    Yes, those using devices while driving really do deserve to be "horned" as you so delicately put it.

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    1. FC, there is a huge group of voters out there who are disillusioned with Labor, would never vote Liberal and yet can't bring themselves to vote Greens. Will a Hawke like Messiah with vision appear one day? I doubt it. It will get worse.

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  2. People are notorious for using their phones when driving over here - it's become a big problem. I see people flying by me on the interstate all the time and they're often texting!

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    1. Keith, I think some of your states have quite harsh laws and strong enforcement there, but many don't. It is in the early stages of becoming socially unacceptable here, like drink driving.

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  3. I can't believe people voted for him either Andrew just like I was gobsmacked when Colin Barnett (little twat) got re elected, the size of the Elizabeth Quay project must certainly be to make up for an inadequacy elsewhere :))

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    1. But Grace, as you know, the project would have probably gone ahead had Labor been elected.

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    2. Oh no it wouldn't have Andrew, there would have been much scaling back.

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  4. I know someone who watches out for people texting while driving, gets the number plate and calls it in. I don't know who the call goes to for private vehicles, but if the driver at fault is in a company vehicle with a logo, the company gets a call and the number plate.

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    1. River, it is a mystery to me why there is a phone number to call if a car is blowing exhaust smoke. There is a number to call if someone throws rubbish out of their car. But there is no number, here at least, if someone is texting. It would be a good idea, even it only resulted in a warning.

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  5. It drives me nuts having to honk people who are oblivious due to their devices. Interestingly, now I am out in the rougher parts, it happens less often than in the inner middle to upper class suburbs. Hmmmm.

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    1. Fen, not that I want to defend them, but inner suburban drivers do spend a lot of time stationary.

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