Unbelievable occurrences and sayings of people who are in the public eye.
And so our country sinks further towards a Banana Republic.
- Recently the Australian Prime Minister took it on himself to advise the USA not to over-regulate its corporate cowboys. The leader of an upstart country with a population of only 19 million telling the worlds biggest free market economy with a population of 250 million how to run their country. Unbelievable
- Our Super State premier recently told us that in the current worrysome climate we should heed the government's warnings but carry on business as usual, while keeping an eye open for anyone acting suspiciously. And what is an example of someone acting suspiciously? Anyone taking pictures of the harbour bridge or the opera house. Excuse me, but doesn't every tourist who comes to Sydney do just that. Does this mean we should interrogate every tourist who takes a picture of our two most popular landmarks? Unbelievable
The scene, the Opera House forecourt. Dozens of Australians are standing very still, heads and eyes swivelling round looking at every body else. A foreign tourist walks on to the forecourt, puts his hand inside his coat and brings forth, .... a Camera!. Half a dozen people wrestle him to the ground, knocking him out. When he comes round, the person kneeling on his chest says "Welcome to Sydney". Another person opens his camera, drops the tape/film/batteries on to the ground, hands back the now empty camera and says "Have a nice day". Unbelievable.
- Sydney's Warringah Shire Council is offering people the chance to affirm their loyalty to their nation in services to be held in conjunction with new citizenship ceremonies. It is a very short distance from that voluntary affirmation to a compulsory one implying that:- We want you to show us that you're with us, and if you dont, then you must be agin us. Unbelievable
- The CEO of the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia recently said that children were drowning in toilet bowls, bathtubs, nappy buckets, fish ponds and fish tanks. Unbelievable.
- Sydney's Belrose Rural Fire Brigade gets so much money from the NSW Rural Fire Service that it has to run a number of hot-cross-bun stalls on the side of the road to get enough money to buy important equipment such as wet weather jackets, a telescopic chain-saw, a hose-drying pole and to give the fire station a new coat of paint. Unbelievable
- The local member of the NSW opposition is currently remonstrating that a local public school should be allowed to sell its excess? land to pay for needed school buildings. Another public school had to sell land just to get its roof repaired. What happens when these schools have no more land to sell, do they fall down? Unbelievable.
- The do-gooders, who fanned the feel-sorry-for-our-country-cousins-who-have-no-water sentiment up into a full sized guilt trip, have caused any income these towns might get from tourists to dry up as well, as tourists now feel so guilty if they go to one of these town to have their holidays, they are cancelling their trips. So now these towns have no water and insufficient money to buy more water. Unbelievable.
- The land, that Sydney's Avalon Police Station is sitting on, is currently zoned general purpose. The Council wants to rezone it "Special use- Police". But they got an objection, from who? The NSW Police Service. The Police Service apparently does not want its police station land zoned for a Police Station? Unbelievable.
- People, whose backyard backs onto a national park, are not allowed to enter the park, which is usually full of kerosene-like euclyptus trees, to clear a buffer zone for fire protection. When the fire comes, it races up to their back fence, is then close enough to jump across their backyard and set their house on fire. All because some bureaucrat wont let them clear a buffer zone in a national park. Unbelievable
- The above has been taken one step further. Anyone, who has a mix of trees on their property, can, without permission, cut down any non-Australian water-filled trees. However, they must get permission from the local council to cut down any Australian kerosene-filled trees. Unbelievable
- There's an Australia Post ad on TV pushing the advantages of using Express Post envelopes. The only advantage given is "If you have mail that just cant get there late, make sure you have plenty of Express Post envelopes on hand." This ad is clearly stateing that the normal Australia Post Mail Service cannot get your mail to its destination on time and will most likely be late. A business that uses its inability to do its main job properly to push an ancilliary service. Unbelievable.
- Well, our state government has just taken its hatred of children one step further; now it punishes women for having children. Recently in NSW, without any fanfare, a new law was passed that women with small children in prams or strollers cannot travel in public buses, unless they remove the child from its pram, fold the pram, store it in the space provided and then sit the child on her lap. Today, 6-12-2002, the Australian community sank to its lowest ebb, ever, when a pregnant women with a 9mnth old baby in a pram was refused entry into a public transport bus because she couldn't take the baby out of the pram and fold it. You see, she had a paralysed arm from an accident. The bus driver wouldn't help her. None of the other passengers would help her and the bus driver told her to walk the three miles from MonaVale to Narrabeen and then drove off and left her. (Manly Daily, 6-12-2002, page5) It makes me ashamed to be called an Australian. By the way the party in power in NSW is the LABOR party. This party believes we should treat asylum seekers better than we treat our own pregnant mothers. Unbelievable
- On the way to work a woman parked in the street where she had parked dozens of times before. When she came back after work, a bus-stop had been planted next to her car and she had been booked for parking next to a bus-stop. Unbelievable.
But it gets worse. It took her 7 months and 60 phone calls to get each of the government departments involved to own up to the mistake and sort it out. Believable? (Manly Daily, 2-4-2004, page9)
© Gary Yates Locofonic Recordings Australia
This page first written 6-11-2002 last updated 19-4-2004.