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US TRADE AGREEMENT THREATENS WATER SUPPLY July 31, 2004

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The ASU, of which I am a member, issued the following press release, 29 July 2004.

The Australian Services Union today warned that the Australia-US Free. Trade Agreement would risk the provision of clean water by taking away the powers of governments to regulate this essential service.

The ASU, representing employees in Sydney Water, said the FTA was designed to prevent governments from placing regulations on essential public Services.

“The agreement would freeze the current regulations but ties the hands of future governments to deal with issues that may arise such as dealing with water shortages, threats to water quality and environmental safeguards,” NSW ASU executive president Sally McManus said today.

“Under this agreement the US Government could intervene and prevent a state government from introducing laws effecting the people they govern. If, for example, the state government wanted to increase fees for high users of water, the USD Government could veto the legislation.The reason for these barriers is that the Free Trade Agreement is designed to open the way for future privatisation of state assets, where regulations are seen as an impediment to the free operation of the market.This is just one of the many crazy ways that the Howard Government is planning to trade off our national sovereignty”

The ASU shares concerns with fellow unions like the AMWU and MEAA about the Free Trade Agreement and calls on the ALP to oppose it in its current form.

This article can be found here. I am not sure what to make of this. Perhaps you are better informed, or interested and have a view.

US TRADE AGREEMENT THREATENS WATER SUPPLY July 31, 2004

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The ASU, of which I am a member, issued the following press release, 29 July 2004.

The Australian Services Union today warned that the Australia-US Free. Trade Agreement would risk the provision of clean water by taking away the powers of governments to regulate this essential service.

The ASU, representing employees in Sydney Water, said the FTA was designed to prevent governments from placing regulations on essential public Services.

“The agreement would freeze the current regulations but ties the hands of future governments to deal with issues that may arise such as dealing with water shortages, threats to water quality and environmental safeguards,” NSW ASU executive president Sally McManus said today.

“Under this agreement the US Government could intervene and prevent a state government from introducing laws effecting the people they govern. If, for example, the state government wanted to increase fees for high users of water, the USD Government could veto the legislation.The reason for these barriers is that the Free Trade Agreement is designed to open the way for future privatisation of state assets, where regulations are seen as an impediment to the free operation of the market.This is just one of the many crazy ways that the Howard Government is planning to trade off our national sovereignty”

The ASU shares concerns with fellow unions like the AMWU and MEAA about the Free Trade Agreement and calls on the ALP to oppose it in its current form.

This article can be found here. I am not sure what to make of this. Perhaps you are better informed, or interested and have a view.

THE OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN July 31, 2004

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John Kerry seems to have done better than expected. Better he not be a great orator than not be a great thinker, or any kind of thinker at all, as seems to be the case with the present incumbent.

OK I know I am not great either. But get this, I am not the nominal leader of the Western World and the most powerful country on earth.

I don’t know what the ducks make of this. I don’t think they care. But I like a say – in a duckspeak-like way – “ducks are ducks and homo sapiens are homo sapiens.”

The two Johns are heading off to the battleground states . Two sentences from Kerry I wish to note:

1. “Americans are playing by the rules while a whole group of people are writing the rules for themselves and leaving the rest of America out,” Mr Kerry said. “We’re going to change that around. Help is on the way for the average person in this country.”

2. “We have it in our power to change the world again. But only if we’re true to our ideals and that starts by telling the truth to the American people.

UPDATE: For an alternative view of the Democratic Convention, and the goings on in Boston read what one of our early settlers has to say.

A LIBERAL CANDIDATE STANDS IN CUNNINGHAM July 31, 2004

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The Liberal Party has endorsed its hopeful candidate for the first seat in Australia to elect a Green member of the House of Representatives.

John Larter is a local from Thirroul.He has Bill Heffernan support, along with other inconsequential liberal politicians. More interestingly he apparently has sporting mates.

Best wishes in the spirit of liberal democracy to the new candidate. It gets more interesting all the time. John is thinking long term, and is going to keep standing at local and federal seats until he is elected. Somewhat of a change from a former candidate, who declared after his defeat that the whole experience was dis-spiriting and he would never stand again. Our Liberal candidate has the opportunity to take his view and beliefs to his fellow citizens – supported by the national presidential campaign.

UPDATE: Anthony Green has his description of the Cunningham electorate, the candidates and the most recent election results here, including booth results, well known to the political parties, but not so accessible to the public. Cunningham is fairly typical of our generally large and diverse electorates, as was evidenced by the recent descriptions of Werriwa and Bennelong on the ABC. Despite all the inherent difficulties, not least the constitutional ones, I am an advocate of more local electorates. Smaller electorates, say 40,000 in size, I suggest are more expression of local concerns and more democratic, and less driven by the inevitable media circus and distortion that we are the unhappy witness to.

THE OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN July 31, 2004

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John Kerry seems to have done better than expected. Better he not be a great orator than not be a great thinker, or any kind of thinker at all, as seems to be the case with the present incumbent.

OK I know I am not great either. But get this, I am not the nominal leader of the Western World and the most powerful country on earth.

I don’t know what the ducks make of this. I don’t think they care. But I like a say – in a duckspeak-like way – “ducks are ducks and homo sapiens are homo sapiens.”

The two Johns are heading off to the battleground states . Two sentences from Kerry I wish to note:

1. “Americans are playing by the rules while a whole group of people are writing the rules for themselves and leaving the rest of America out,” Mr Kerry said. “We’re going to change that around. Help is on the way for the average person in this country.”

2. “We have it in our power to change the world again. But only if we’re true to our ideals and that starts by telling the truth to the American people.

UPDATE: For an alternative view of the Democratic Convention, and the goings on in Boston read what one of our early settlers has to say.

A LIBERAL CANDIDATE STANDS IN CUNNINGHAM July 31, 2004

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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The Liberal Party has endorsed its hopeful candidate for the first seat in Australia to elect a Green member of the House of Representatives.

John Larter is a local from Thirroul.He has Bill Heffernan support, along with other inconsequential liberal politicians. More interestingly he apparently has sporting mates.

Best wishes in the spirit of liberal democracy to the new candidate. It gets more interesting all the time. John is thinking long term, and is going to keep standing at local and federal seats until he is elected. Somewhat of a change from a former candidate, who declared after his defeat that the whole experience was dis-spiriting and he would never stand again. Our Liberal candidate has the opportunity to take his view and beliefs to his fellow citizens – supported by the national presidential campaign.

UPDATE: Anthony Green has his description of the Cunningham electorate, the candidates and the most recent election results here, including booth results, well known to the political parties, but not so accessible to the public. Cunningham is fairly typical of our generally large and diverse electorates, as was evidenced by the recent descriptions of Werriwa and Bennelong on the ABC. Despite all the inherent difficulties, not least the constitutional ones, I am an advocate of more local electorates. Smaller electorates, say 40,000 in size, I suggest are more expression of local concerns and more democratic, and less driven by the inevitable media circus and distortion that we are the unhappy witness to.

SUGGESTION FOR A BLOGSPHERE EXPERIMENT July 29, 2004

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The following could be just pretentious junk, and my worst effort yet. And the judgment is not one I can make at this time of night. Train journey dissertations are perhaps inherently dangerous, even when you arrive safely at the destination. Here goes. . .

Occasionally the ducks encamp enmasse to the shore, and the ponds seldom still waters permit reflection. That happy moment provides the opportunity to have some reflections on the blog posts and comments. The blogsphere has to be seen as a obviously and radically different context than other media. It provides the opportunity for cross links to other blogs and comments and with links to information stored in Google and the other search engines. I have tried, and will try to reference and cross reference postings, comments and sources, in an effort to increase the appreciation of the wider world beyond this spot in the blogsphere.

As others have I am sure observed, the blogsphere is an opportunity, yet to be disillusioned, to realize more fully the democratic faith. We can all participate, and the democratic presumption that each of us may have something at sometime of value to say, and that we have a responsibility to do so. More often than we would like, some of us are given to talking nonsense, and perhaps all of us will at sometime we wrong. Nonetheless, we should submit our actions and understandings to democratic scrutiny and be held accountable to our neighbours and peers. The stupid and the foolish and the vicious might then be stopped before they can be damaging and heedless suffering might be avoided, and moreover wisdom and intelligence might prevail. There is a tradition in the West, and in other cultural traditions as well, not least the Muslim courts of Medieval Spain, that truth is an open dialectic enquiry in which reason and evidence determine the case, if only provisionally. I can think,for example, of Abelard’s “Sic et Non” (Duckspeak alert: A book I have not read, of which I only know by reputation.)

My model of an good post, reflecting not in any way performance but the enculturation of the education process, is of a well written essay. There is an immediate line of demarcation between the able, and those of us who represent the incompetent, with no intent to devalue achievement. If we set the bar too high, myself and others will not reach the heights and be deemed irrelevant, thus our limited possibility is effectively denied, snuffed out between the larynx and the tongue, sounding suspiciously like the cry of a duck. Good writing, and in this case George Orwell, is I think, evidenced by close observation.

Sometimes the top of the head stuff works well because it sets off a vigorous and participative discussion, with comments flowing from all points of the compass. I see this is something to be encouraged and experimented with, and not simply because it is easy to write. Expertise might sometimes set up unnecessary barriers. Let me be clear, I want my surgeon who operates on me to very competent, and I do not want the butcher to have a go, if I have any choice, however successful he or she proves to be.

I want to lodge a post tomorrow, which is in the nature of an experiment, and that others might take up, which I now must lodge tomorrow to be titled: Australia, Canada and the American Alliance. As yet another train exercise, I have done a bit of brain storming comparing and contrasting Australia and Canada and their relationships to the United States. This is a subject that I thought that I did not know anything about, and that may well prove to be true. And yet, looking at some obvious contrasts between Australia and Canada, which despite differences in historical experience and geography, are similar in size of population, provides insight into the nature of the relationship to the US.

The American Alliance takes on the quality of a mindless mantra that cannot be questioned, so as to drive out alternative visions of what Australia’s constructive engagement in the World might be not least our necessary engagement with Asia and the Pacific.

The experiment is to invite others to do so of their own brain storming, and see what we come up with. This experiment can both fall flat and lie fallow. As I say it is a suggestion.

A NEW LOOK July 29, 2004

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There is a new season at the Duckpond. Adding and subtracting syntax, regardless of reasons, which can be found here, is not something, a person should undertake on arriving home at 11pm. It has been a night for gross mistakes. I was completely at fault. It was not that I missed my train, as much as I failed to buy a weekly, with unforseen implications.

Then I lost the blessed plot completely. The pond shrunk to insignificance. However, I realized the ducks would return if reformated, I filled up the pond again, and put out the bread crumbs. It all seems to have worked.

I think you can comment now annonymously. If not Haloscan here I come.

My planned post will be held over.

SUGGESTION FOR A BLOGSPHERE EXPERIMENT July 29, 2004

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The following could be just pretentious junk, and my worst effort yet. And the judgment is not one I can make at this time of night. Train journey dissertations are perhaps inherently dangerous, even when you arrive safely at the destination. Here goes. . .

Occasionally the ducks encamp enmasse to the shore, and the ponds seldom still waters permit reflection. That happy moment provides the opportunity to have some reflections on the blog posts and comments. The blogsphere has to be seen as a obviously and radically different context than other media. It provides the opportunity for cross links to other blogs and comments and with links to information stored in Google and the other search engines. I have tried, and will try to reference and cross reference postings, comments and sources, in an effort to increase the appreciation of the wider world beyond this spot in the blogsphere.

As others have I am sure observed, the blogsphere is an opportunity, yet to be disillusioned, to realize more fully the democratic faith. We can all participate, and the democratic presumption that each of us may have something at sometime of value to say, and that we have a responsibility to do so. More often than we would like, some of us are given to talking nonsense, and perhaps all of us will at sometime we wrong. Nonetheless, we should submit our actions and understandings to democratic scrutiny and be held accountable to our neighbours and peers. The stupid and the foolish and the vicious might then be stopped before they can be damaging and heedless suffering might be avoided, and moreover wisdom and intelligence might prevail. There is a tradition in the West, and in other cultural traditions as well, not least the Muslim courts of Medieval Spain, that truth is an open dialectic enquiry in which reason and evidence determine the case, if only provisionally. I can think,for example, of Abelard’s “Sic et Non” (Duckspeak alert: A book I have not read, of which I only know by reputation.)

My model of an good post, reflecting not in any way performance but the enculturation of the education process, is of a well written essay. There is an immediate line of demarcation between the able, and those of us who represent the incompetent, with no intent to devalue achievement. If we set the bar too high, myself and others will not reach the heights and be deemed irrelevant, thus our limited possibility is effectively denied, snuffed out between the larynx and the tongue, sounding suspiciously like the cry of a duck. Good writing, and in this case George Orwell, is I think, evidenced by close observation.

Sometimes the top of the head stuff works well because it sets off a vigorous and participative discussion, with comments flowing from all points of the compass. I see this is something to be encouraged and experimented with, and not simply because it is easy to write. Expertise might sometimes set up unnecessary barriers. Let me be clear, I want my surgeon who operates on me to very competent, and I do not want the butcher to have a go, if I have any choice, however successful he or she proves to be.

I want to lodge a post tomorrow, which is in the nature of an experiment, and that others might take up, which I now must lodge tomorrow to be titled: Australia, Canada and the American Alliance. As yet another train exercise, I have done a bit of brain storming comparing and contrasting Australia and Canada and their relationships to the United States. This is a subject that I thought that I did not know anything about, and that may well prove to be true. And yet, looking at some obvious contrasts between Australia and Canada, which despite differences in historical experience and geography, are similar in size of population, provides insight into the nature of the relationship to the US.

The American Alliance takes on the quality of a mindless mantra that cannot be questioned, so as to drive out alternative visions of what Australia’s constructive engagement in the World might be not least our necessary engagement with Asia and the Pacific.

The experiment is to invite others to do so of their own brain storming, and see what we come up with. This experiment can both fall flat and lie fallow. As I say it is a suggestion.

A NEW LOOK July 29, 2004

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There is a new season at the Duckpond. Adding and subtracting syntax, regardless of reasons, which can be found here, is not something, a person should undertake on arriving home at 11pm. It has been a night for gross mistakes. I was completely at fault. It was not that I missed my train, as much as I failed to buy a weekly, with unforseen implications.

Then I lost the blessed plot completely. The pond shrunk to insignificance. However, I realized the ducks would return if reformated, I filled up the pond again, and put out the bread crumbs. It all seems to have worked.

I think you can comment now annonymously. If not Haloscan here I come.

My planned post will be held over.

THE PERSONAL AND THE POLITICAL July 27, 2004

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The Duckpond is well hidden away from the general commerce of the information highway. This link is of particular interest to me. I found it serendipitously, as is becoming a habit on this blog from my digressions into duckspeak. People have operations all the time – and most of the time, I understand, they come out alive.

But I constantly wonder what would happen to people, as I did the other day, who are not able to reach into their pocket and pay $150 for vaccinations at the chemist, or on other occasions pay a similar amount for a consultants with a specialist. I am fortunate to be able to make these payments – but their is no certainty in my situation as well. I work on a casual job, with a limited time span, and without award payment conditions. For example, overtime means literally working longer hours.

When I could not point to symptoms, other than those I could report, so I knew there was something wrong, I was given a deep vein thrombosis scan, and told by some local general practitioners there was nothing wrong with me. In fact I was prescribed exercises. I was angry and frustrated. When I had definite symptoms, I called in at a medical centre on the way home where I saw a GP who examined me whose prognosis was that it was either the heart, liver or kidneys. Then I saw a cardiologist, who organized a series of blood tests, computerized tomography and bone marrow biopsis.

Even with expert reading of data there is no certainty that I have a lymphoma in the spleen. The analogy spins to mind of intelligence reporting. In fairness to the doctors, I may have traduced, cancers can be subtle and difficult to diagnose. However, I have to think, a blood test, simple to carry out, might have been considered.

DUCKSPEAK July 27, 2004

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I made this comment today on John Quiggin’s Monday Message Board.

Having acquired an incidental interest in all matters relating to ducks, from Frankie Drake to Donald Duck, including duckspeak , I came across the duck speak translator. And here is an example of a quack meter in action, examining the words and wisdom of George Bush.

However, I think there is a serious issue. And that is, that the politcal process using sophisticated methods such as opposition research, which is a sub species of spin used by all major political parties and governments, has the ability to capture the media. Opposition research may explain in significant part how GWB became president.

Spin or to use the Orwellian lexicography, doublespeak, makes the truth impossible, or as we are given to believe irrelevant, as it makes democratic accountability phantasmagorical. There is a higher standard of accountability for the dole bludger than the Prime Minister. Doublespeak is doubleplusgood in this brave old new political world.

SOCIAL CLASS July 25, 2004

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By any realistic assessment, considering not least the nature of the employment I perform, and the opportunities it presents for self esteem, self actualization, autonomy, and social esteem, I have to conclude that a succession of dead end jobs means that I am working class. Yet educational attainment, accepting that mere accredidation is meaningless, would suggest otherwise. There is an ambiguity here.

I have tried, and probably unsuccessfully, to prompt a response from Don Arthur, but nonetheless to link to his post The Decent Society and its Enemies.

GREEN CUNNINGHAM July 25, 2004

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I am hoping to research my local electorate more in anticipation of the Federal Election, even if that means lnking to the assessment of the Illawarra Mercury’s political correspondent, who from memory was pretty much on the ball at the last election, the 2002 by-election which saw the first Green Party member in the House of Reps, Michael Organ.

As you can see Gary put me on the spot . I posted as follows:

Far from having any expertise, I just live here.I would imagine there is likely to be an exchange of seats across the country. Others will know more. As to Cunningham, Michael Organ was elected as the first Green in a by-election, in which the ALP faced a number of issues, not least independent Labor candidates. You can see the 2002 by election results here. The outcome was decided on preferences. In two party elections, the Liberals usually have got at most a third of the votes, and consider the seat a dead loss. Results in the State Electorates at the last election, suggest it should be a walk in for the ALP. Michael Organ, in my opinion, is not politically savvy and charismatic to the extent that Peter Andren is in Calare. I have already suggested to Andrew Wilkie by email, he should drop by. At least in this seat, the presidential election will by pass us (I hope).
(The link does not now work – the information has been, I think, transferred).

The information, from 1991, on the AEC site is not very interesting. The electorate is classified as outer metropolitan. I will just have to look further.

Update: John Quiggin reviews the Greens economic policy and finds it: ” . . .quite simply, the most coherent and intellectually-defensible document of its kind ever put forward by an Australian political party.”

Further Update: John Quiggin has a further discussion on the Greens economic policy, including contributions by commenters – which in truth I have not read (duckspeak alert). I am making this comment, and link, so that any friend or acquaintence, who may feel misguided by my suggestion to visit this site, will nonetheless be given a sense of the wider world of the blogsphere, and because it will have relevance in the economic debate we will have in Cunningham.

COMMENTING, BLOGGING AND ANONYMITY July 24, 2004

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Spasmodically, with my heart in my hand, and my spleen in the surgical out tray, I have dared to comment on other blogs. The most recent example was when I took a walk on the wild side, and quacked along the road to surfdom.

I may be in the running for a Lord Sedgewood award for irrelevance.

I am intending to do some research into this electorate, and hope to get pre-election polling. Should be interesting. I had a second foray into commenting today on Public Interest.

Having a blog, even one as unknown as this, means the end to anonmity. This is something to accept. Be that as it may. In my current job, I don’t write anything. To write minimally, and that in itself is a reasonable objective, requires, in my opinion, respect for a reader.

Then I have jumped on a learning curve, evident from the appearance of this blog so far, for even simple things such as creating links.

But in this case, at least, I have found that by posting myself, perhaps too impulsively, I am ready to make comments elsewhere with a view to stimulating conversation around those issues that are of great interest to me, and of which I am not necessarily well informed.

OPPOSITION RESEARCH July 22, 2004

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At least part of the reason that GWB was elected, with no obvious qualifications for the job can be attributed to the successful, and we are advised very sophisticated opposition research into Al Gore that through strategic media placement over time as discussed this morning in The Media Report.

Such success inevitably changes the practice of politics. It is not, I suspect that the nature of politics has changed, but rather the techniques are evolving with the information revolution. I feel overwhelmed, and I suspect the democratic process can be overwhelmed. The only thing to do is to try to keep up to speed with each development,.

THE ALLAWI ALLEGATIONS July 21, 2004

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The apparent failure of the allegations that the appointed Prime Minister of Iraq, Iyad Allawi, personally summarily murdered six individuals, reported in the Sydney Morning Herald last Saturday, to create a ripple on the surface of the international media astounds me. The Herald story was said to have been based on the reports of two independent witnesses, and included the allegation that the Interior Minister was present.

If true this episode fundamentally undermines any rationale for replacing Saddam Hussein. Of course, Allawi should be given the presumption of innocence. However his denial, and that of his Interior Minister, nor the apparent disinterest of the American Embassy, are not sufficiently credible. What else would he say? If American soldiers present, as I believe the report suggested, and who perhaps have no reason to be frightened by Allawi, perhaps they they could come forward to report what did or did not occur.

UPDATE: Yesterday, Saturday, 24 July 2004, ABC News reported:

The Iraq interim Government has reportedly found no evidence to substantiate claims that Iraq Prime Minister Iyad Allawi had personally executed six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station.The Australian newspaper has reported that Iraq’s Human Rights Minister has briefed Australian foreign affairs officials on the matter.The allegations in a story by journalist Paul McGeough, published in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, said unnamed witnesses claimed to have seen Dr Allawi draw a gun and execute prisoners.A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told the Australian the Iraqi interm Government could find no evidence to support the story.”Dr Amin has indicated that preliminary inquiries provide no support to the allegations,” the spokeswoman told the paper.”The inquiries are still continuing and it would be very helpful if Mr McGeough or others would come forward and provide information on the substance of the allegations to the Human Rights Minister.” ”

ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF HEALTH CARE July 20, 2004

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I heard this morning listening to the ABC that “the personal is the political”. This view was expressed by John C Hobson who is the direct descendent of John M Hobson (if I have got this right), the author of Imperialism. Our health is very personal and very important, particularly if something critical goes amiss. But our lives are shaped by the larger forces, not least the fashions of economics and politics.

I thought I would post here a comment I made on Brad De Long’s blog:

Since I have cause to become interested, the American health system, which I know only through the internet, is impressive in relation to the quality of information and research conducted into the various forms of cancer. For example, the Multiple Myeloma Rearch Foundation sent me by post a booklet – Multiple Myeloma: a treatment overview. Fortunately, despite earlier suspicions, in the absence of clear indications, perhaps typical of cancer, I do not have myeloma, but I am impressed by this action.

The Australian system has aspects of a universal system, but I do not have medical insurance, and while I have access to very qualified doctors, now that I require a spelnectomy, removal of the spleen, with the suspicion of lymphoma, the sub text, at least talking to my putative surgeon’s secretary is that not having such insurance is a problem.

Obviously, JH above knows more about the Australian system than I do. Seeing specialists is never cheap, but I have had no problem in meeting the expenses which to this point are less than a thousand dollars for which I am refunded by the Government system. Socialism is unbeatable when it works.

POLITICAL BIAS July 20, 2004

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It will become evident that the Duckpond does not pretend to be a friend of the Howard government. It takes the view that the democratic process is more important than any particular government. It is not written by a person with any particular political or legal expertise. Rather it will seek to ask what is the role of the citizen and how might individual responsiblity, either by expressing views or acting collectively, make a positive difference.

DUCKING FOR COVER July 19, 2004

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DucksThis exercise is proving harder than I had realized, to the extent that I realized it was going to be difficult. If anything written here is of interest to anybody other me that will be a positive development. It will be more valuable, readable and relevant for me, if for nobody else when I learn how to enter hyperlinks. I used to be able to use Netscape, and the task was easy. Now I will have to experiment.

Fair dinkum, I get home from work about 10PM, have tea, listen to the radio, watch TV, check through the use list of bloggers, and then I ready for bed to wake up at 7am tomorrow. My accomplsihment between leaving work and getting home on the train was to get my medical bills sorted so I could make an application to Medicare. Then again life is about challenges. The duckpond is a work in progress. So one day, it is my dream, that the air around will resonant with quacking and other evidence of vitality.

“Quack” is an interesting word I suspect as it might be one of those words with a pre-Anglo-Saxon history. Let me just step across to Merriam-Webster to see what they have to say:

“Pronunciation: ‘kwakFunction: intransitive verb Etymology: alteration of queck to quack, from Middle English queken, from queke, interj., of imitative origin: to make the characteristic cry of a duck.”

With the cry of a duck, I am off to bed.

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