Monday, June 22, 2015

Perth pharmacist dumps homeopathy

It would be nice to think this is the beginning of something much bigger, but I won't hold my breath...

A Perth pharmacist is removing homeopathic products from his shelves as he says he does not believe in them.

Other pharmacists should follow his lead if they really want to be seen as something more than expensive  supermarkets.

On one hand, pharmacists are fighting doctors for the right to administer vaccines, while on their other hands they sell high-priced nonsensical products and services, like homeopathy and iridology, to their more-gullible customers.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Double-dipping rorter fraudsters?

After government MPs this week described parents accessing both government and employer-sponsored paid parental leave variously as double-dippers, rorters and, basically, fraudsters, it turns out the wives of two senior members of the Abbott Government have likely double-dipped, rorted and committed the same "basically fraud".

And they dare to lecture the rest of us about lifters and leaners and ending the age of entitlement. Clearly, while they threaten the poor, the sick, the elderly, the unemployed and the underprivileged with savage cuts to entitlements, they have no desire to lead by example by getting their own snouts out of the trough first.

It's well past time time for this lot to be kicked out.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Greens - Anti-vax? Anti-science?

Following a now-deleted anti-vaccination post on The Greens in Townsville Facebook page, I have only the following to say about the people behind it...

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I'll add that the Greens in Townsville Facebook page is degenerating into Conspiracy Central (perhaps it always was), populated by apparent nutjobs scavenging blogs, Youtube channels and quack websites looking for any link, no matter how bizarre, no matter how debunked, that could possibly make it look like anti-vaxxers have a point.

The longer that Facebook group stays up, the more irrelevant the Greens look because, as they are fond of saying in politics, "if you can't control your own party..."

Monday, March 30, 2015

Free whooping cough boosters

I'm not sure how much weight petitions carry, but if you believe there is value in them, then a new petition should be of interest to you.

Following the death of 4-week-old Riley Hughes in WA, a group called Tiny Hearts Paediatric First Aid is calling on health ministers around Australia to make the whooping cough (pertussis) booster free and accessible.

Pertussis vaccination is currently free for children but, in most cases, not for adults.

Vaccination is a community concern and the community is best served by a large percentage of the population being vaccinated. Free vaccinations, cheap vaccinations, even means-tested free vaccinations, would go a long way to improving coverage among the adult population.

When a government imposes a cost on a something, that cost acts as a deterrent. It's hardly rocket science. Speeding fines are supposed to curb speeding. Tobacco taxes are supposed to discourage smoking.

The cost of adult pertussis vaccination is not trivial and acts as a deterrent to vaccination, even for those who support vaccination as a preventative measure. It's just one more thing to pay for.

The cost of not vaccinating is measured not in dollars, but in lives.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"No tax-free religion": Abbott

In a stunning announcement that left the Canberra press gallery gob-smackingly speechless, Prime Minister Tony Abbott 2 ("The Sequel") today announced that churches and religious organistations would no longer be entitled to the tax-free status they've enjoyed for virtually ever...

"What we can't do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices...", he declared.

The change would realise billions of dollars in previously lost revenue as people, businesses and organisations would no longer be able to dodge paying their fair share of tax simply because they claim to believe in fairies and demons.

...and then I woke up.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

UPDATE: A leadership spill has been called for. Better late than never.

Tony Abbott wants us to believe he's listening but then, today, comes out with this, in regards to the nation's healthcare...

"We want to see appropriate price signals in the system,..."

 It's a friggin health system! How do you send a price signal to sick people? What is the price supposed to signal? "Go away, you can't afford to be sick!"?

As much as Mr Abbott might wish otherwise, this is not America.

The Medicare co-payment, thrown into the political conversation in the 2014 May budget following election promises that Medicare would not be messed with, is possibly the single-biggest reason average Australians who voted Labor out of office are running away from the Abbott-led government in droves.

He may be listening, but he isn't hearing.

Mr Abbott today demonstrated how his new "I'm listening" approach will work. He attended a press conference to discuss calls for a leadership spill and, after stating his case in possibly the shortest media conference in history, he walked out of the room, taking no questions at all from the people present. No surprises there really. I doubt anyone expected any genuine change. #ThingsLongerThanAbbottsPressConference

ANOTHER UPDATE: Mr Abbott held another press "conference" today, after making a captain's call (Malcolm Turnbull's description) to bring forward the spill motion, by one day. As before, the "conference" was short - shorter than before I'd estimate - and again, no questions were answered. This conference, like the previous one, was evidence that following last week's announcement that the leader would change his ways, he remains neither collegiate nor consultative and demonstrates his continued refusal to listen or learn.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


I was a Liberal voter at federal level for some time. I am not and never was a member of any political party, but I considered our low-middle-single-income family to be among "Howard's Battlers". I changed my vote when Howard turned toward hardline economic rationalism in his final year, and showed signs of acting against the interests of the working families he'd previously enticed to his side of politics.

I cannot vote Liberal at the moment. The gaping chasm of inequity that exists between the 2013 election promises and the 2014 budget policies is simply too much of a barrier for me to cross.

Problematically, I don't particularly care for Labor or Greens either but, as things stand, my vote would definitely favour them over an Abbott-led party or coalition.

Abbott has not earned my support and will not get it. After his massive about-face on almost every significant election promise last time around, he simply can't be trusted to honestly deliver on any policy promises in the future.

As far as I'm concerned, both Howard and Hockey should be dumped.