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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Sign a Petition: John Hawkins starts a petition …

Senator Erich Abetz and a Launceston to Hobart Chartered Flight. Why? Answer the question: As a Minister of the Crown, why was it required of you to charter a flight from Launceston to Hobart on the 8th August 2014 at a cost of some $1,850 … ?

Why is this important?

Abetz has refused to answer any communication on the matter. See Tasmanian Times “Dear Senator Abetz …” by J.B.Hawkins published 25 /7 /2018 ( http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/dear-senator-abetz- ).

All Freedom of Information requests have been blocked or sidelined by the Ombudsman and the Freedom of Information Dispute Resolution Office.

Abetz was trying to keep away from the press after linking Abortion with Breast Cancer in a television interview in Sydney. It could be suggested that the charter flight allowed him to enter Hobart unobserved on a Friday night.

It is important that our political masters can be held to account.

Sign the petition here

*John Hawkins was born and educated in England. He has lived in Tasmania for 13 years. He is the author of “Australian Silver 1800–1900” and “Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking” and “The Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection” as well as “The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold” and nearly 100 articles on the Australian Decorative Arts. He is a Past President and Life Member of The Australian Art & Antique Dealers Association. John has lived in Australia for 50 years and is 75 this year. In two of the world’s longest endurance marathons and in the only teams to ever complete these two events, he drove his four-in-hand team from Melbourne to Sydney in 1985 and from Sydney to Brisbane in 1988.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. TGC

    August 18, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    #14 “…There are plenty of recent examples, not all ending up very good …”. Mostly not!
    Mostly ineffective! Mostly a vote wasted!

  2. Russell

    August 17, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Re #4 … [i]”Craig Garland, if he stands, should consider the Senate because both major parties have lost the confidence of the people and he stands a good chance of being elected to the Senate.”[/i]

    Too true. There are plenty of recent examples, not all ending up very good .. but the die is cast.

  3. eagle eye

    August 17, 2018 at 12:11 am

    There seems to be a touch of friction developing in the Liberal love fest.

    This, in the Advocate earlier in the week, is interesting reading: https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5588900/elphinstone-gets-behind-brakeys-bid/?cs=87

    Any bets on the winner of a stoush between Dale B and Erich Abetz? We will know who the winner is when the nominations are revealed.

  4. Peter Black

    August 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    # 10 … Aye, Hawks has latched onto Abetzie’s ankle like a pitbull .. and just won’t let go.

    I guess that’s what happens if you send the stand-over thugs around.

  5. spikey

    August 15, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    #10
    if ol matey paid out of his own pocket
    i’ll eat Hawkins scruds

  6. W Ramanovich

    August 15, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Again we have Hawkins chasing Senator Abetz. You’d think the English gent is a bit obsessed about our Swabian Senator.

    If the appropriate Commonwealth Tribunal deems that Senator Abetz was entitled to take a charter flight, who can argue about that ?

    Or better, maybe the Senator paid for the flight out of his own pocket.

  7. Simon Warriner

    August 15, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Re #6 … Why, represent Tasmanian interests of course.
    That is their job. I know it happens all too rarely, perhaps that explains your question.

  8. Simon Warriner

    August 15, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Re #6, represent his constituency.

    Hardly a surprise that you needed to ask, though.

  9. Leonard Colquhoun

    August 15, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Straight-forward (but by no means ‘simple’) way of dealing with the now almost habitual rorting by MPs of their entitlements: an annual salary (with higher duties allowances) paid fortnightly, with superannuation entitlements the same as those of ordinary everyday wage / salary earners.

    That’s it.

    No ex-officio credit or debit cards of any sort; all work related expenses to be claimed as tax rebates (or whatever they’re called next week) with authorisation needed from each MPs’ electorate office.

    Nothing to be handed out for use at their discretion.

    Here are two other suggestions to counter the delusion that being an MP can be a lifelong career (pay for MPs was well intentioned 19th century reform which, sadly, has been entirely corrupted):

    (i) term limits: (say) three parliamentary terms for House members, and two six-year Senate terms;

    (ii) an age qualification (recent bio-science discoveries claim that adulthood is at about the age of 25): late 20s for the House, mid-30s for the Senate (it is supposed to be a chamber of review, after all). (And maybe proof of employment in non-party political jobs for three or five years.)

  10. TGC

    August 15, 2018 at 12:54 am

    #4 … “Craig Garland, if he stands, should consider Senate because both major parties have lost the confidence of the people and he stands a good chance of being elected to the Senate.”
    From where he would do .. what?

  11. john. hayward

    August 14, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    This whole affair has been misinterpreted as grossly as Fraser Anning’s immortal inaugural address to Parliament.

    Eric’s charter flight was clearly meant to commemorate Leni Riefenstahl’s famous 1934 doco “Triumph of the Will” in which supreme government power was symbolised, first by Riefenstahl, then by Eric’s overflight of Tasmania.

    I defy any patriotic Tasmanian to deny they were stirred, either by Riefenstahl, or by Eric.

    John Hayward

  12. Brian P. Khan

    August 14, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I was of the opinion Labor’s Helen Polley flew by plane from Launceston to Hobart and power brokers in ALP made sure she headed the Senate ticket at the 2016 election after her excesses, also I was of the opinion she had staff problems at her office.

    Primary votes 2016 = 1,900 and Labor ticket above the line gave her a 6 year term.

    Dumped Lisa Singh was placed in an unwinnable position but the “true believers ” voted below the line and she polled in excess of 20,000 votes and was elected.

    2019 will be interesting as Lisa Singh comes up for election and as a former Labor Minister stated if those geese had put her at the top of the ticket instead of Polley they would have won more Senate seats in 2016.

    Liberals have Abetz .. Labor has Polley .

    Craig Garland, if he stands, should consider Senate because both major parties have lost the confidence of the people and he stands a good chance of being elected to the Senate.

  13. TGC

    August 14, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    It may be that if #2 challenged in the High Court Senator Abetz’ right to have sat in the Senate in earlier years such a challenge would succeed under the Court’s recent interpretations.

  14. John Powell

    August 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    And now Mein Frau Erica wants to reduce the NEG emissions target. Please go back to your homeland, and before you do, pay back the 14 years of salary/expenses etc that you incurred while you were a dual citizen in the Senate.

  15. Chris

    August 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Did the Ticket wrangler have tickets for his “flight” .. or only still have tickets on himself?

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