The Lebanese CEO of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour, earned (that’s probably the wrong word) an unprecedented $4.8 million last year. It made the ABC’s Mark Scott’s $800,000 look miserly and made him the highest paid postman in the world, ten times higher than the top US postman who runs a business 20 times larger. Not bad for a public servant.
The timing is out, there’s little spark and what there is is retarded, the mixture is all wrong and it has a compression ratio of 2:1. Where’s the verve, the moxie, the passion from a vintage Party that was swept to power in record numbers? Where’s the ex-boxer with the guts to get up off the canvas, wipe away the blood, get on the front foot and start swinging?
Most fair-minded Aussies would expect the ABC, when facing cuts, to look first at its own payroll consisting of those outrageous salaries it went to extreme lengths to cover up. Half its yearly budget of $1.2 billion is spent on paying staff it can obviously do without 400 of.
Islamic organisations are now fighting back to protect a billion dollar industry that thrives on labelling Australian products as “halal certified”. Now that the extortion racket has been exposed, Aussie shoppers are shunning the “certified” products to the dismay of Australian manufacturers and processors.
In 2012, the Cole inquiry's findings led to a court case that found the Australian Wheat Board, between 2001 and 2005, had circumvented UN agreed sanctions on Iraq and paid millions to the Saddam Hussein regime to secure wheat contracts in a food-for-oil scam.
When a political Party is swept to power, as Abbott’s Coalition was, it seems undemocratic that it is prevented from enacting its legislation, no matter how odious it may be, by a rag-tag unrepresentative Senate... half of whom were elected in another political age.
But over in the US it is the coldest series of winters in living memory. "I can't remember and I don't think anyone else can remember this much snow falling in this short a period," said Mark Poloncarz of Erie County in Buffalo New York.
Why is Abbott doing so poorly in the polls despite the electorate’s distaste for Labor’s recent and current history? Labor’s incompetence and criminality is still fresh in swinging voters’ minds, but their options are few.
Last Saturday the United Arab Emirates blacklisted 82 separate organisations, including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State (ISIS) as terror groups in line with Federal anti-terrorism legislation.
Don’t know about you but I have always loved the Chinese people. I love their culture, their honesty, their work ethic and their yummy food. I spent countless nights of my youth in China Town playing fan tan ‘til daybreak. We would sit talking over many beers for hours although none of us could speak the other’s language.
The new Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, known more affectionately as “Iron Erna” began a program which targets and deports immigrants who have ties to radical groups or have committed violent crimes while in Norway.