Posted: October 20th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: Australia, Australian Law, Crime, health, Health News, Medicinal Cannabis, Medicinal Marijuana | Comments Off on CHRONIC! Australia to Legalise Cannabis
Australia’s Government has announced it will legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Health Minister Sussan Ley says the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to all of the most effective medical treatments, including medical cannabis.
The minister said she had been moved by stories of people who get relief from the currently restricted drug, sometimes legally imported but not always. However, Ms Ley said the legalisation was only about medicinal cannabis, not recreational use.
“This is not a debate about legalisation of cannabis. This is not about illicit drugs. This is not a product you smoke. This has nothing to do with that,” Ms Ley said. “Most commonly the product is an oil or a tincture that you put on your skin.”
A progressive government in Victoria looks to have that state as the nation’s first onboard, the state Government plans to embark on a cannabis cultivation trial, based on the recommendations of a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 5th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: Australia, community-and-society, federal-government, government-and-politics, pension, welfare | Comments Off on Australian Government Considers Large Scale Roll-back of Pension Access
In its hunt for savings, the Australian Government is “seriously considering” a proposal to tighten the assets test for retirees, shaving hundred of millions off the ballooning cost of the pension system.
At the moment, retired couples who own their home, and with other assets up to $1.1 million still qualify for a part pension, a position many consider untenable. The Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has strongly indicated he will look at scaling back access to the pension for wealthy Australians as an alternative to the Government’s current plan to change the rate of indexation.
In the backflip – the government pledged, via last years budget, to decouple pension rises from the ‘average (male) earnings’, instead linking them to the rate of inflation, saving the government almost $450 million a year – cutting into pension payments by as much as $80 a week – might get the boot?
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said last week that he wanted “modest, incremental change” to the pension system, though he is still standing by last year’s budget measure and an attempt to raise the pension age to 70 – which has also stalled in the Senate :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Fighting The Good Fight | Tags: Australia, Australian Education Reform, education, Favorite New Thought, finland, From The Web, News, primary school education, Standout | Comments Off on Finland Calls Finish to Cursive Hand-writing Lessons in Classrooms
Finland is scrapping cursive writing lessons in schools from next year and will instead teach children how to type, raising questions for the future of handwriting in Australian classrooms.
The country’s board of education said learning to type was “more relevant to everyday life”, a skill that Australian experts agreed was a better use of school time. Since implementing education reforms 40 years ago, Finland’s school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems.
Finnish children don’t start school until they’re 7, exams don’t kickoff until they’re into their teens – going unmeasured for the first 6 years of education – There is only 1 mandatory standardised test – taken at 16 yo – and the difference between the weakest and strongest student is the lowest on the planet. So should we be taking notice? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 3rd, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: Australia, Nudist, Nudist Beach, South Australia | Comments Off on SA Nudies Chase Down and Confront Eski-cam Man
It’s a brazen bloke that’d underhandedly hide a camera in an Esky, I mean how unAustralian – where do the drinks go? – A South Australian beach goer has gone a step further, surreptitiously sneaking his Eskicam onto a popular Adelaide nudist beach.A dozen nudists chased down the naked man on South Australia’s Maslin Beach after he was spotted with the hidden camera :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 30th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: Australia, Australia Votes, Australian Landmark, Australian Sports Party, Breasts in Politics, Clive Palmer, Naked, Socially Engineered, Topless, WA Senate Election 2014 | Comments Off on Has Australian Politics Becoming a Topless Joke?
As polling booths prepare to open across Perth, one political party has ramped up its media presence with that standard Aussie manoeuvre, a pair of strategically place boobs.
In this latest round of political campaigning – Senate seats for Western Australia – The Australian Sports Party has posted a joke on it’s Facebook page that has many wondering what direction – if any – the party intends to canvas punters on.
Australia has a rich history of political cranks, our last election, 2013, witnessed a cacoffiny of crazy, odd-ball candidates.
From Clive Palmer’s paranoia – the billionaire turned politician still reckons lefty Greens are funded by the CIA – to the dope (hemp if you must) party, This latest election – a senate only re-run due to bungling by the Electoral Commission – will surely see politics over-run by mental micro opinion?
The big question has to be ‘has Australian politics become, well, too Aussie?’ As minor, micro parties busily stitch together preferences, swapping deals in the hope of riding an unpredictable wave into the Australian Federal Parliament, the marriages are likely to be idiosyncratic matches, The Hemp, Sports and Sustainable Pollution Parties have little in common but are likely to swap preference in order to gain seats.
The Australian Sports Party -ASP – should apologise for the above Facebook photo, a prominent women’s rights group says. The picture is accompanied by an anecdote about the woman, described as “voluptuous” and a “babe”, who is running with a sign around her neck saying, “If you catch me, you can have me” :: Read the full article »»»»