In a pot shot at the Greens and minor parties, Mr Abbott said: “Ask yourself: What do minor parties actually get done, other than make it harder for government to do its job?
“Minor parties are much better at attracting media attention, rather than getting things done.
“Don’t vote for a minor party and in particular don’t vote for a minor party (usually they say they're independent) that is going to be constantly with the Opposition.
“The Greens are really the second wing faction of the Labor Party – that’s what they are.“I think people want a strong voice in the federal parliament, rather than people who just make a noise. To do that, you need to vote for people who are part of the Government in power."
Climate Related :
When our Council was replaced, perhaps the ingrained local CEO should have had provision in State legislation to move him on as well.
They do this at Police stations, to stop familiarity with locals and potential problems! This is of course a lot more important to prevent in councils.
If you can't stand the heat, you should stop cooking!
Links to other areas.
Fact or Fiction?
No recent warming of planet.
News from the Met, Great Britain
More Detail < here
An IPCC expose on Global warming
A book written to explain the incorrect interpretation of climate by the IPCC for political puropses which is being followed by our current politicians! (From both sides? Time will tell!)
Even at council levels, but by stealth. Think sustainability.
Your sound judgement, in voting is also required to help make politicians responsible for the trauma they inflict by policies and bad decisions!
Current ones should face court !
April 2 2014
Might I somewhat misquote and modernise Asimov:"Those people who think they know everything, are a great annoyance to those of us who also have computers and get the real facts." John Vance
NOW > Global Warming is Destroying April Fools Day
Why? Well all the jokes about global warming are one more reason to laugh at the desperate International Panel for Climate Change's claims.
Global Warming causes everything!
The latest installment of the UN's IPCC report on global warming is out and it's all about fear. That's all they have left.
Comment by Ken Ring New Zealand long range weather forecaster:
Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott ran a campaign entitled "climate change is absolute crap". Opponent Kevin Rudd’s electoral campaign was to witch-hunt sceptics. Australia is now set on a course of ridding itself of what Maurice Newman, recently appointed as Chairman of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council has called "fundamentalists" who had "collected hundreds of billions of dollars from naive governments that adopted their faith".
growing scepticism of climate change, Green-wooing governments are
stepping up propaganda, attacking like animals do when cornered. You
will read about NZ having the warmest year ever in 2013, but every year
will be the warmest ever if you are chasing funding.
And the IPCC have
said the globe will heat up by 4C unless we pay more taxes.
The Earth has failed to warm as computer models predict, there's nothing extreme about today's weather, and hundreds of thousands of predicted climate refugees cannot be found. They told us island nations like Kiribati and Tuvalu would sink beneath the waves, yet new luxury resorts are going up there. They scared the kids about polar bears, but polar bear numbers are way up and the bears are thriving.
The long continuance of the unprecedented heat wave in New South Wales is proving a very serious matter to the residents in some of the districts, especially in the western portion of the colony.
Over 125 deaths from heat apoplexy have occurred In New South Wales, and to this number Bourke has already contributed 40. The matter has become so serious that the railway authorities have commenced running trains at special cheap fares, to enable the residents to seek a cooler climate, and a great number are availing themselves of the opportunity.
CO² at the time was 290 parts per million.
A KEY investigation used to help
justify Wangaratta Council’s sacking last year has "failed to pinpoint" any
breaches of the Local Government Act See >> report letter
( Notice the wording, still defiant as if something was wrong! )
The Local Government Inspectorate’s probe into 77 alleged breaches were publicly mentioned by the minister Jeanette Powell and her municipal inspector Peter Stephenson as reasons why the council had to be dismissed last September.
The inspectorate this week sent letters to the key players in the alleged breaches, including Julian Fidge, clearing them of any wrongdoing.
It claimed a “thorough investigation of all complaints” had been carried out and there was no basis to take any further action.
The move has incensed Dr Fidge and
former deputy mayor Paul O’Brien, with the two former Councillors stating at no
stage were they contacted to respond to the complaints leveled against them.
More interestingly why did the Minister listen to the three opposing Councillors who complained when no others complained? It was obviously party politics!
( The Loco Government Minster went along with it. WHY???? )
Especially now it comes out there was NO evidence except complaints from council bureaucrats, Unionists, opposition Councillors and Ex Councillors who had a vested interest..It was a concerted effort to oust the elected majority party Councillors.
The reason for sacking the council in other words has had no reason or justification of using any law to dismiss council!
It was the Minister who made an illogical decision.
It's logical the Minister should be sacked!
Letter from Doctor Fidge to the inspectorate. <<<Link to letter
Full story The Border Mail
Wangaratta would be an ideal seat for Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge.
Tim Mc Curdy inaction here should allow this to happen!
fact that an ex "Labor party supporting" inspector was appointed to
investigate Wangaratta Council shows the issue was not independently investigated!
(Shame Shame Shame!
Quoting the newly released Human headline! )
How would you like it if the whole cabinet of the Labor Party
decided to send a letter to the Governor General, complaining about
And the GG decided to sack them (EG Labor party and Gough Whitlam). We'd never have anyone in power. There was evidence of wrong doing there,but none in Wangaratta!
(except the whingeing of a very spoilt immature Councillor who was (Rumour!) apparently friendly with the Local Government MP) She even threatened me at one point!
During the ballot counting, it became obvious that there were a large number of ballot papers that had been filled in by the same person. The hand writing was so distinctive that one scrutineer drew it to the attention of the returning officer.
The observation was fobbed off with the explanation that in some families, one person fills out all the ballot papers.
But this must have been a very large family. Another scrutineer reported to me independently that they observed the distinctive ballots, all written by the same person, at the rate of 2 per bundle of 50 ballots. With 17,977 votes, this would mean the family had over 700 members!
According to the detailed results, these votes were used to elect 4 Councillors. I have elected not to name the four Councillors whom, it seems, were fraudulently elected."More >>>: Link here
Regarding our Members of parliament, both State and federal.
Their actions,show its clearly its not the locals they're listening to!
The push for various sustainability acts (Agenda 21) are the root cause of all Australia's woes.
From removal of council to the unnecessary
carbon tax (and consequently loss of jobs)
Implementation of the stealthy "Agenda 21",
which includes misuse of human rights, has been enacted in the case of
the recent sacking of the Wangaratta council by Janet Powell.
What right has Jeanette Powell got to implement foreign policies disguised as local government reform, and then failing to implement them in a way to suit the Minister?
United Nations Human rights issues, were ignored when it came to the rights of the democratically elected Councillors, and the citizens of Wangaratta.
You cant pick and choose who you intend to use them on. Human Rights apply to everyone.
Councillors or Citizens were never considered as she implemented so called "government reform", without input from ALL the people she is supposed to be representing.
She didn't, or couldn't even use the local Government Act 1989 to do so.
They removed whatever rights Councillors had,
including appeal. And other councils can be in the firing line
by calling out “We are being bullied” when a CEO feels like it.
Part and parcel to this all was Tim McCurdy, who voted for the dismissal of council in Parliament.
Mr McCurdy has admitted to me, he had no legal qualifications, yet is instrumental in ignoring the Australian constitution when he supports taking water rights from farmers.
Please note: Every one can have a fair say here.
The key is FAIR say. If its not fair comment I may have to "edit" it some.
The letter below passes the fair test.
Drop me a line! My email address is john.vance (at) wangarattacity.com put in (@)
On the matter of government control of water, I would suggest this is vehemently resisted, and replaced by a committee of local property owners who, depending on available water can make rational informed decisions as to allocations. This will retain the status quo
Real environmentalists make allowances and dont ad hoc policies.
The removal of water rights from properties can only be done by referendum, but looking at the current record of the Victorian state government it is ignoring human rights as well as referendums! It is time this was handled in a proper manner as I believe MP Tim McCurdy has no formal legal education or qualifications in these and is complacent in this matter.
Our current "representatives" lack integrity.
Letter by Alison Walpole.. Subject: Various local issues which have been ill considered by state government who keep pushing policies that apply overseas and need to be re worked locally.
25th January 2014
The Editor, The Editor.
Wangaratta Chronicle, Border Mail,
P O Box 221, P O Box 149,
Victoria 3676. Victoria 3689.
I looked at the photo
published page 4 Chronicle 24th January 2014 above the headline
“House call on administrators” . I thought “The Conspirators”
On 16th January 2014 I wrote and posted to ACEO Spiller, Rural City of Wangaratta this letter, as yet unacknowledged. Text of letter.
The Victorian Waterway Management Strategy was released by the Department Environment and Primary Industries in September 2013. Hard copy is now available. This strategy should be
studied in connection with the Rural City of Wangaratta Rural Land Strategy.
After reading the Victorian Parliament Hansard record of the debate of the Local Government (Rural City of Wangaratta) Bill 2013 I realized we are poorly represented by present
members of the Victorian Parliament. The government and opposition voted together
to dismiss our elected Local Council in accordance with the Charter for Human
Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. The speech by Mr Barber (Northern Metropolitan) who moved to amend the Bill was a more
Last week on the ABC Country Hour a warning was given that the effect of removal of water rights from Victorian Land Titles should be considered in succession planning and up to date rural land valuation. These matters need to be addressed before the State Government election this year.
The Public Land Consultancy newsletter TERRA PUBLICA Vol 14 No 1 January 2014 has 2 articles “Escape from the Silo” and “Improving Our Waterways” which further document the problem of landowners understanding present Government policy and its affect on the value of their land titles. This situation influences financial planning and development. The Rural City of Wangaratta Rural Land Strategy remains unresolved. I have documented to the Victorian Ombudsman the development of the Hume Regional Draft Plan by the Victorian Sustainability Commission, a CSIRO Sustainability Communities Research Project and Local Governments with Rural City of Wangaratta as a lead agency.
The “sacking” of the elected council requires the appointed administrators to make a full factual explanation to residents and ratepayers to allow informed debate prior to the coming State Government election End of text of letter.
A copy of this letter was posted to the Ombudsman Victoria in the same mail. A public meeting to discuss the Water Bill Exposure Draft is listed for Monday 3rd February 2014 at the PAC Wangaratta, 6-30pm to 8-30 pm.
Alison G Walpole.
Email 25th January 2014.
I concur on the lady's letter: we need a full explanation on the fact why the local government act can be implemented or replaced by the Human rights issue without a court judgement. It is that important to Wangaratta, and consequently to other councils!
The accusations of bullying was highlighted by local media, when instead there was a conspiracy by Council officers Unions activists and the Labor party! J.V.
That’s nearly $82 billion a year for 86 years…does anyone honestly think that’s money well spent?
Link <> Video
Something is up with the sun. Link current space view<
say that current solar activity is stranger than in a century or more, with the
sun producing barely half the number of sunspots expected and its
magnetic poles oddly out of sync. 22 Nov.2013 Video.
I believed the Global Warming hype that Al Gore preached from the heights of our global drought we had. But I found some of the claims ridiculous. And I wasn’t the only one.
Many prominent scientists tried to show (with compromised computer simulations), that the world was undergoing a change so severe, we were going to have to completely change our way of living. Satellite reports “backed them up” A few weather satellites were launched, one after the other, and failed to go into orbit to get the real answers. Sabotage? You wonder.
The Australian (Monday Sept 16 2013) is finally able to reveal this fact:
“The IPCC says THERE HAS BEEN NO APPRECIABLE GLOBAL WARMING.”
It’s not surprising to me, now that the LABOR government news* embargo,
put on anti Climate Change stories, has effectively finished,
In 2010 India pulled out of the IPCC because it could no longer trust the U.N. body’s data or conclusions . Many others discovered the same. Yet scary negative stories kept on being published by the ABC and other news media.
Many of our previous government environmental policies, even local council policies, have been based on their lies and on the basis of this sorry scam, which came from America. (Bill Clinton and Al Gore are mates) Why have we been lied to for so long? Why is the United Nations backing it? It makes money for the banking system and the UN.
I believe we need to have a good hard look at ourselves, remove those people who aim to do anything to finance electricity and water boards, and tar and feather their CEO’s and parliamentarians and shareholders … who benefit from these schemes. The proposed Murray Darling scheme is nothing but a scam to stop food being grown locally, and the scheme is unnecessary. No doubt more spin will come from those ”so called environmentalists” who are discredited.
*News embargo by Gillard made anti climate change stories unable to be printed! Julia Gillard threatened them with censorship and other things which could have been damaging to the newspapers.
Latest news on Climate Change
IPCC<>They admit they got it wrong: all temperatures completely fabricated Link<< The full story <<
Making it up as they go along?
The EX Councillor who rejected a council seat seems to be happily voicing his opinion about the so called "disgracefull behavior' of the elected councillors. BUT he said Councillors should be running councils, not CEO's. So why the is he supporting the so called issues with Doctor Fidge?
Might it be, he is also pushing for the council to be dismissed?
The reason for not wanting a seat after a recount recently, could be that the councillors of a dismissed council cannot be re-elected for five years.
Thank goodness the issue could be resolved at this point by Worksafe (called in by Doug Sharp himself) See more below.
Having read the report suspending Councillor Fidge, it seems they failed to investigate phone and web records of various current staff, councillor and past Councillors, and the investigation is suspect itself. BUT when it looked like this might happen, Cr McInirny resigned "due to stress". So why did she really do this? The Wangaratta Chronicle is not asking the right questions and needs to be a bit more thorough in its investigations and published content.
Above: Picture published in the Wangaratta Chronicle and shown in the public interest.
I will certainly not be speaking to their "star" political reporter again for personal reasons...
Everyone is doing some spring cleaning!
CEO and senior council staff gone!
The special meeting of Wangaratta council has taken the decision, to remove the CEO, which to me seemed the logical conclusion after many head-on collisions which were not acceptable, and were setting up councillors against each other.
The mayor emotionally announced the officers, had agreed on the decision that may end the problem councillors had in staff co-operation, taking the only real course open to her. It should have happened earlier.
It was indeed unfortunate that she inherited a CEO who appeared to be loyal to the previous councillors ideals and this may have created friction as the election showed the ratepayers wanted a change of direction. The area of concern was the sustainabilty issues it seems, that created the Rural land strategy...It and other issues were on the nose...While never palatable, it needed to be done. Congratulations on a move that will see council heading in the right direction. Lets hope that local newspapers now balance reporting in an evenhanded method.
Dr Fidge deserved better treatment when asking questions.
Government, when implimenting new ideas must never infringe on property rights using environmental issues to send their constituants broke.
More on this story at the Border mail <Link
Lets hope something is done on the veto department. I mean the sustainability department which seems to be able to do nasty things to nice people, in the name of the "environment"
Lets see it's powers dismantled, and have some real environmental decisions made for the good of people as well.
Growth in Wangaratta needs careful attention
<<< From the BBC UK (Picture is linked)
Global warming/ Climate change is affecting even local council policies.
BUT is it really your fault and are the steps being taken necessary at all?
When I ask a LABOR party supporter they all believe the dire warnings about us being reponsible for GW/CC but if I ask an even minded educated environmentalist, not on the government payroll, its completely "We dont know, we dont think so"
The ABC in my view, has only started unbalanced reporting when the LABOR party got into power.
Newspapers have lately been fairly quiet on the subject, only printing collaborative material.
So what is happening? A slow temperature increase and nothing to worry about apparently... So was Mockton right?
He said in case the cost of current environmental action to try and prevent climate change was so prohibitive, that the wait and see attitude was the right one. Me? I want the right answers, without political interference....and soon. THEY are "tilting at windmils" <phrase>