Why the State of Origin MUST Change or Concede

It would appear that I may have upset a few people this morning with my facebook status update about last night’s “State of Origin”.

Ok. The “State of Origin” is over for another year, and Qld has won it for the 7th time. Does this mean that they will now open it up to other states for there to be some real competition or, my preferred option, no longer play it cause there is no long any point to it?

Well when I say a few people I mean Amanda Foy, and she even wrote a blog post about it too, which you can read here.

Not being one to let the opportunity to write a blog post in response go to waste, I have scribbled down what you now find below.

I would like to begin by asking the question, How can it be called a State of Origin, when there are only two teams playing? Remember this is a game administered by the National Rugby League (NRL), which means you’d be safe in thinking that the rugby is played in other states, which it is.

According to the rules of selection, you can play for the team of the state you were born in and played your first registered game, and if you are eligible to represent Australia at an international level.

Mind you, it does get a little tricky when you consider James McManus, who plays for NSW, was born in Scotland and played his first game in the NT.

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The Case Against The States

As could be expected, and with almost predictable regularity, the debate over Australia becoming a republic is slowly starting to gain momentum again. This time it is being helped along by those who are feeling the early stages of relevance deprivation syndrome, in no part due to this country’s new found interest with the monarchy. Dr Williams’ article in The Courier Mail being the most recent case.

Whilst this discussion may be an emotive subject for the average Australian, the relevance and importance of Australia becoming a republic is of little consequence to reducing the increasing pressure that we are all under to make ends meet, whilst the far more relevant question is not even being whispered.

Do we need to have state governments?

For a relatively small nation of 22 Million people, we appear to be over governed and I doubt that there would be anyone, apart from politicians, who would disagree with it.

The existence of three levels of government is restricting the economic growth of this country, and wasting tax payers money due to the duplication and triplication of responsibilities.

Funding for roads, health and education are a prime example of this. Looking at roads in particular, each level of government has particular roads that they are responsible for. All of which are in a state of disrepair.

How many State Government approved projects though out the country, have been canceled after they were rejected by the Federal Government?

Two examples from Queensland over the past few years come to mind straight away.
In 2009 we saw the Traverston Dam Project, which had been approved by the Bligh Labor Government, rejected by then Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett.
And more recently, the Alpha Coal Project approved by the Campbell Newman led LNP Government, and delayed by the current Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke.

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How Can A Tax Save The Environment?

“A carbon price is critical to addressing climate change,” Australian Greens Leader, Christine Milne.

This one simple sentence is enough to have the Clayton’s Environmentalists raising their glasses in agreeance and shouting “Here, Here”. Though will it really save the environment, and what other measures could the government have been taken?

First and foremost, making something more expensive will not stop people using it. All you have to do is have a look at the number of people who still drink and smoke, despite the regular price increases.

Putting a price on carbon will ultimately only benefit those who are trading in Carbon Credits.

It is widely acknowledged that Australia will not be able to keep up with the demand for carbon credits, which means that the short fall will have to come from overseas. How much pressure will this put on jobs, our economy, the ever-increasing cost of living, and national debt?

Any extra cost incurred by the producer, due to the purchase of carbon credits, or fluctuations in the carbon price will be automatically passed on to the consumer. The consumer, having grown accustomed to their big screen TV, X-Box, and various other household appliances and already stretched to breaking point on their household budget will simply go without in other areas that aren’t as important.

Who knows, this could even include buying cheaper homebrand products at the supermarket, a majority of which are imported, or even resorting to junk and fast food in an effort to feed their family.

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Public Question To Dr. Paul Williams. Re: Australia’s Republic Debate

Below is a copy of the email that I sent Dr Paul Williams, Senior lecturer at the School of Humanities on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus, three days ago.

At the time of publishing this post, it still has not been replied to.

Whilst I am not naive enough to think that he would personally respond to my email straight away, I am sure that there would be someone in his office that would be able to set up an autoresponder to say something along the lines of “Unfortunately Dr Williams is unable to immediately answer your email, though he does appreciate you contacting him and will respond to your email when he is able to”

Then again, I received three of these emails from former ALP Lord Mayoral Candidate Ray Smith, and never got a reply.

I’d also like to point out that the use of the term educate Australians is Orwellian double speak for tell Australians this is what is going to happen so you may as well agree with it. Aren’t we currently being educated about the ETS/Carbon Tax?

Good morning Dr Williams,

I refer to your article that appeared in today’s The Courier-Mail, titled “Republic debate should not be forgotten”

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The Single Life – Online Dating

Being the passionate writer that I am and always on the lookout for new topics for this blog, I thought that I would have a go at online dating.

It’s not too hard to find any one of a number of blogs or even mainstream media columns about dating written from the female perspective, though there aren’t that many that are written for the Brisbane based male.

That is, until now.

I thought that I would try my luck on one of the paid and free sites, and see what happens.

The paid site is RSVP and the free one Oasis Active.

With both of these sites, I have copied as much of  what is in my Partner Required post as I can, and added a few pics from facebook.

An interesting thing that I discovered is that if you do a google search on a random sentence from the profiles, the original post comes up in the search results. So it will be interesting to see if anyone actually does that.

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Movie Review: MIB III

If you read my post titled A blog post about not being able to write a blog post you would know that I have had a bit of an extreme bout of writer’s block.

It finally disappeared over the weekend, hence the reason that there has been three posts, with this being the fourth since Sunday.

Anyway, in an effort to keep it at bay, I have decided that I am going to write and publish all sorts of things. Some of it will be the usual political stuff that I have done in the past. Some will be random rants, and others, like this one will be a movie review. I may even raid my bookshelf and do a bit of a write up of all the books that I have in there.

So. Without further ado, here is my review of the movie Men In Black III…

Not being a reader of the comic book series that inspired these movies, I can’t tell you how the story line compares to what is in the comics, though from a second sequel, I’d have to saw that overall it was pretty good.

The movie is showing in both 2D and 3D, and I went and saw the 2D version.

As with most sci fi movies these days, special effects plays a big part in it, and it was blended fairly good.

Without giving too much of the plot away, an uber villan from today’s time, after years of confinement, manages to break out of a prison that was specifically created for him. And yes, I do believe a bucket load of artistic licence was used there.

This uber villan, making the most of the number of years that he was incarcerated has come up with the brilliant plan that if he goes back in time and takes out Agent K, before he gets caught then the world will be a rosy place for him and whatever else he has planned.

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Monday Rant: My List Of Peeves.

I haven’t had a Monday morning rant for some time now, and I thought today would be a good enough day as any to do it. Especially seeing as I woke up to people running around like chicken little making all sort of pointless comment online after the spate of shootings in Brisbane over night. One of which is literally metres from where I live.

Anyway, here is my Top 5 list of pet peeves.

  1. Coffee Too Hot To Drink.
    I am very specific when I order a coffee. Usually it is the biggest size they have, with a double or triple shot, depending on the size of the cup,  the vegan version of their soy milk (remember, not all soy milk is vegan), and the most important part, COOLER.
    I am a little bit precious when I drink coffee, in the way that I would like to be able to actually drink it. Not be forced to sip it for the next 3 hours because the temperature is hot enough to melt the teflon coating of a frying pan.
    I do understand that the milk has to be heated to 60C for some reason, though there is nothing to say you can’t put a little bit of cold soy in the top, so I don’t burn my precious tongue.
  2. Umbrellas.
    Not the umbrella as such, just those people who insist on walking along a crowded street when it is only looking like it might drizzle a bit.
    Those out there who don’t really care what damage their brolly inflicts on people, they wave it around, it bobs up and down all over the place. The unfortunate part is that the little pointy metal things at the end tend to be at the same level as my eyes are. Personally, I’d love to see umbrellas being prohibited from use if there are more than 3 people within a 20 metre radius.
    Don’t get me started on those who bring a golf umbrella to a sun shower…
    Come one people, it’s not the 1920’s where the umbrella meant everything, why can’t we all wear the ever fashionable japara?
  3.  Disciples of the Electronic Alter
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