The Road Transport Authority is not above sneaky skulduggery on a
quite generous scale. As l have learned to my regret. Take
for instance the speed camera outside Sydney Boy's High in Cleveland
Street. Driving around, one learns to judge at what speed a
particular road should be traveled. The speed on that road
should be 60 KPH, not 50 KPH.
Another sneaky trick is the stop light in South Dowling Street.
We get a delay of 3 tenths of a second after the lights turn red before
is switched on. Traveling North along South Dowling St, the
distance from the radar to the stop line on the left lane is 3.5 meters
shorter than the
stop line on the right lane.
a car can be 3.5 meters past the stop line at 0.3
seconds. If the car was traveling slower than about 30 KPH it
would have crossed the stop line before the light turned red. It
appears also that the RTA is collecting videos of the cars, but they
seem very reluctant to provide copies. I suspect that this is
probably because they are misleading and not approved by legislation.
Another racket is parking. I have several instances where I have
complained that the ticket issued was totally unjustified. (For
instance, a trailer I owned was moved by persons unknown into a "no
stopping" zone. I offered a statutory declaration to that effect,
but was told that "NO STOPPING" zones were somehow sacred, and the case
would go ahead).
So far as I can determine, the RTA has a policy of refusing any
explanation whatsoever, and continues to prosecute. This is
probably because that is the most remunerative response for them to
make. I suspect that most people would rather not lose a day's
pay to present their case before a magistrate, even though (as in my
case) there was a virtual certainty that they would be found to be "NOT
Then on the day in court, they drop the charges. In one case I
was even advised a few days beforehand they the parking officer was
going off sick.
For further help fighting RTA charges email me. And I strongly
request that you ask for court orders that the RTA provide a copy of
the video recording before the hearing.
The liberals (and other non technical people) do not seem to have woken
up to it
yet, but the world energy balance has changed dramatically in the last
few years. This is because of the discovery of new ways to
extract coal seam gas.
Cars can operate quite efficiently on gas, and coal seam gas extraction
(CH4) technology is coming to maturity. All that remains is to
convert cars and the various power plants that currently use oil to gas.
Peak oil is now quite irrelevant. One commentator stated that
"there is enough coal seam gas
in Australia to equal the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia." The USA
& Canada have shale from which similarly huge amounts of gas can be
This is of course bad news for the Greens. That is why they so
virulently attack CSG projects.
First a definition of capitalism. I do not mean a lassaiz faire
economy, I mean an economy with really large corporate structures worth
hundreds of millions or more on the stock exchange. Examples of
such corporations are mall developers, retail chains, transport
monopolies, health, banking, insurance organizations.
The following are the aspects of our Corporate capitalist system which
our legislators love, because:
Small business (Corner shops, small
tradesmen businesses, owner driver private transport contractors etc)
on the other hand:
- Corporations pay LOTS of taxes.
- Corporations employ unionists.
- Corporations make big contributions to political
Governments need tax income to pay out
bribes to constituents (pensions, military hardware etc), unionists
contribute to Labour/Democrat governments, and large corporations are
substantial contributors to political party fund raisers.
- Do not seem to ever make a large taxable profit.
- Rarely employ unionists
- Are not known for their contributions to political parties.
As a consequence, those capitalist
enterprises have laws made that benefit them. Those laws are
subtle, and mostly I infer their existence from the fact that they are
so successful, when logic suggests that a large corporate structure is
not needed. One example in Australia is the building code.
Australia really only has Federal & State levels of
government. The States completely control local government.
Consequently, if you wish to build a local shop, or a Mall, you really
need state government permission. However the existing mall
owners do not want competition, because they would become less
profitable, so you are not going to get that permission. By
control of the statewide building code, state governments in Australia
have a cornucopia. And boy, are they milking it!
There is a low probability chance that my website will again suffer
as it did following the May edition
of this blog. I speculated in that blog that Bin Laden was not
dead, but alive and being questioned in a secret room.
Following the upload of that blog I was off the air for some
weeks. My internet is run from home. It was unexplained
problems with my internet provider, and with routing to my website that
stopped communication. I complained and suddenly, some weeks
later, without any
comment by the provider, my blog was again online.
It seems from recent reports that Bin Laden's cohorts are being found
(and killed) at a fantastic rate. Of course the US government has
explained those successes as deriving from "information taken from the
of the Bin Laden computers". And perhaps with assistance also
from the person who owned those computers?
LOCAL (AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL)
Tony Abbott (Federal opposition leader) is one tough mother.
the government and stayed "on message" in a dedicated
fashion, seemingly untouched and certainly unresponsive to Julia et al's most virulent and
I expect Labour party tacticians have been examining his strategy for
flaws, and have decided that ad
hominem attacks are the only way to go. Their problem is
made especially hard by a lack of policy flexibility brought about by
deals made with the independent members of their minority
So Tony can attack policies as he likes (e.g. Carbon Tax) but Julia
cannot remove that tax because she would then no longer be in
Tony's latest attack is on a former union boss who leveraged himself
into parliament circa 2007. Documentation exists that establishes
that in the years before entering parliament his union credit card was
used to hire prostitutes, and that around $100,000 was "cashed out" or
used for purchase of personal items. The comeback is that a
liberal senator from Labour state South Australia has been charged with
shoplifting. The Labour party
counterattack never specifies the amount, which the coalition has
advised is $97.