Power Play

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Yesterday’s Background BriefingThe Big Disconnect – was ABC investigative journalism at its best.

I listened, as I am sure many of us here did, with interest to a program that summarised the idiotic “decision-making” of Australia’s dinosaur power network companies over the past couple of decades – the gold-plated poles etc., – a story well-known to many of us.

(For those who haven’t caught up with the program yet, try the link of your choice: Audio; Full Transcript)

So, why am I bothering to highlight a well-made, engaging Sunday morning radio program on a topic that’s fairly familiar?

Okay, it was this part – almost at the end – that made my jaw drop:

Jess Hill: As the networks try to create certainty in a world where increasingly there is none, one new strategy they’re dreaming up is to charge people, whether they are connected or not. Rob Murray-Leach from the Energy Efficiency Council:

Rob Murray-Leach: I can’t think of a single other industry, even telecoms, where people said, ‘Well, you know what, I know that you don’t have a mobile phone or a land line anymore, but we’re still going to charge you as if you had one because we built this stuff a while ago on the hopes that you’d use it.’ So that’s a really big political question. I think it’s going to be a very, very big debate in the next 5 to 10 years.

Jess Hill: It’s the companies that should be responsible for their own bad decisions, says Tosh Szatow.

Tosh Szatow: It’s a dangerous game for them to play, because network businesses are responsible for efficient planning and investment in their assets. So there is no case to be made for consumers being left to pick up the bill if stranded assets emerge. It should be the investors that have made those poor investment decisions over the last five years that are going to be left picking up the tab.

(My emphasis.)

Why did I immediately start thinking about protection rackets?

Why would I not be surprised if the present Federal government gave them the green light?

Move over, Mafiosi – here’s a real power play.


I thought today is as good a day as any to honour our furry companions.Pets are fantastic. They are always happy to see us,never judge,make us laugh and sometimes sadly make us cry. They care not about politics,terrorists,the economy or the state of the world,they care about us. Sometimes we may get angry with them, they never do when we do far stupider things than their little mistakes . They keep us company, comfort us when we are feeling blue and share in our joy when we are happy.

Our furry friends as you know are loved by both of us and they give back soo much more than we give to them

Starting with Ned The Boss


Neddy is the best natured dog I know. Never complains ,never demands Is quite happy to sleep and eat Chicken sticks

SYD on the other hand

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Is the happy energizer dog. If he could find someone that would throw balls to him all day he would be in Heaven. Loves his mum

The feline part of our family consists of KIRRA


Our 14 year old ginger and white girl who is having a little trouble with her thyroid at the moment. Used to beat up syd all the time but loves Neddy.


Phoebe is our quiet one who sleeps and eats, and that’s about it. I almost Killed Phoebe when she was about 2 by running her over. Luckily she moved just enough and her tail was the only part of her damage. Sadly she had to have about a quarter of her tail removed. Not sure if she and the OH. have forgiven me yet..


WE also have about 15 goldfish ,assorted lizards,,birds and other wildlife that have been  deemed unable to feed themselves naturally that OH has adopted.

So Cheers to our furry and other  friends.

Post a pic of your Pets past and present  Give them the fame they deserve. Email either my self or Fiona if you are having troubles posting  and we will gladly do it for you.Enjoy

Delighted to Announce . . .

The Royes Family

Gorgeous Dunny and his partner Sim are getting married.


The wedding will be on Saturday 5th December just outside Portland in western Victoria.

If any Pubsters would like to attend, Gorgeous Dunny says they will be most welcome. Please get in touch with me for further details.


(Couldn’t resist that pic!)