The Pickering Post
Sunday, 22nd October 2017

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Pokies trial in ACT makes progress

A committee to oversee a pokies reform trial in the ACT has been set up.


The short answer is, “What drugs are you on?”

DON'T PAY THAT POWER BILL (until the end of the month)

After talks with a major supplier, we may be able to arrange: NO INCREASES UNTIL THE NEXT FEDERAL ELECTION

Power stations deny they're better off

Power station operators have hit back at claims they are being over-compensated for the impact of Labor's controversial carbon tax.

Turnbull, Joyce remarks don't worry Abbott

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has deflected suggestions that Malcolm Turnbull or Barnaby Joyce are unhappy with his leadership.


A few weeks ago, on July 19, I sat watching the TV. A bloke called Nick Warner was speaking to the Lowy Institute. I’d never heard of him but he seemed inoffensive enough.

Plan to empower people to cut power bills

The Australian Energy Market Commission has released a draft report which outlines new ways consumers could manage their electricity bills.


It seems everyone is now getting up from the floor after receiving their post-carbon tax power bill. Screams of WTF!!!! are resounding from Hobart to Darwin and Perth to Sydney.

MINING: Gillard digs herself a hole

The carbon tax is unravelling fast. It seems whatever Gillard dreams of tonight she will try to implement over breakfast tomorrow. This crazy tax had nought to do with emissions, was poorly designed and, like all other green/red thought bubbles, doomed to failure. Gillard and Swan’s outrageous spending is contingent on this and other imposts on mining. They never considered an inevitable downturn in demand or world prices. They didn’t allow for mining programs being shelved at the rate of one a day. The mining boom is over, the dollar is high, the pipeline of dreams is hollow, China is taking a smoko and we are now in debt $230 billion, paying interest at $100 million a day and dangerously less competitive in a highly volatile business. Thank you Julia... thank you ball boys. 

Gina's zone idea "worth exploring": Hockey

Gina Rinehart's call for a special economic zone in Australia's north needs further discussion, opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says.


She should not have lasted this long. Her stonewalling of a weak and crippled Press is overt and purposeful. A Press of old would never have tolerated this.

Climate plan axed to help budget: Abbott

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says the government's dumping of a plan to shut down some coal-fired power stations is a budget patch-up.

Vic teachers threaten 38-hour week in 2013

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu says his government's offer to make the state's best teachers the highest paid in Australia is a good one.


The digital age is ripping the heart out of iconic mastheads as advertising and circulation is swallowed by on-line consumer preference. Unless CEOs grasp the nettle, admit defeat and embrace the new information age, Gillard will have little left to blackmail them with. Demanding people pay for their news is an arrogant ask. News belongs to no-one and everyone. Today’s news has only an intrinsic value, yesterday’s has no value. The town crier is broke and he wants you to pay to listen but why pay for something you can hear over the fence anyway?

Cubbie Station Boxes Ticked

Chinese investment in Cubbie Station is a win / win for China and for Australian jobs. Trade with China is essential to Australia’s wealth and financial health. There are safeguards in place to meet stringent national interest tests, and the Cubbie Station purchase ticked all the boxes. Barnaby Joyce’s objections are based on nationalism, but Australia is not an inward looking backwater. We’ll always need foreign investment. This $300 million injection from China and the jobs flow is a much needed boost to the area, the State of Queensland and the working families.