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28 February 1999
on this site the
gun laws enacted after the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, Australia
have been followed by a huge increase in kidnapping, armed robbery
assault. (SMH, 26
1999, page 4) Armed robbery skyrocketed (by 44% from 6,256 in 1996 to
in 1997), while in the same period unarmed robbery rose (by 21% from
The politically correct members of the fourth
called for more restrictions on guns.
This time lugubrious Prime Minister Howard did not
the bait. He counselled no further restrictions on guns.
Perhaps he is beginning to understand that restricting guns causes an
in violent crime which leads to higher taxes (to pay for the
number of police required to control the increased crime).
There is of course no arguing with the bdpc
politically correct (bdpc). To them an increase in armed
requires further restrictions on guns, just as a decrease in armed
would have called for further restrictions on guns. The bdpc are
not interested in liberty. The bdpc are only interested in
the lives of the rest of us (for our own good, of course!)
Gough's boy has cast the die that may put the
Road & Motorists Association (NRMA) on the block.
I cannot help but feel that insurance charges would
follow bank rates into the stratosphere if the NRMA were
Although I am attracted by the extra few thousand dollars, I have a
suspicion that perhaps if that money were left where it is, it might be
to my own and my children's ultimate benefit.
When the Commonwealth bank was nationalized, we
that it was unfair for a government owned company to compete with
owned banks. After the recent rises in bank rates, I begin to
at that story.
Now the very profitable and trusted NRMA is to be
To whose benefit?
NRMA insurance provides competitive insurance for
and is the largest insurer in the country because it's users prefer to
insure with a mutual society.
It seems to me that NRMA insurance is efficient,
it does not have to show a profit, is perhaps marginalizing &
incorporated insurance companies.
As a result I can understand that existing
might prefer a demutualized NRMA, a corporation driven by the same
motives as themselves. A corporation that was interested in
having a good return on shareholder's capital.
It is nice to have Foreign minister Downer talking
Portugal about Timor. The whole Timor affair must be a
setback to those nameless mandarins in foreign affairs who had
to being the invisible hand of power in international diplomacy.
I personally believe that the responsible
should be charged with murder. If downer Downer wanted to
public confidence in representative government he should work towards
those responsible to justice.
He won't, of course, and Australians will become
that little bit sooner of the fiasco we call "representative
and be that much readier to accept new faces offering a new political
such as an elected president and/or direct democracy.