The Tony Abbott Julia Gillard Coilition
This is how it seems to me.
Tony Abbott is in fierce opposition to the government - until it comes to huge pay rise
time - then, in my opinion, he sold out and
stood shoulder to shoulder with Comrade Gillard
|Tweed Shire Council.
Public Service or Secret Service?
This was brought about by a recent incident by a Tweed Shire council ranger. It highlighs the arrogence
of local council to behave in a way that wold be normal for the CIA, the KGB or tha Nazi SS - but not local council in Australia. This, in my opinion, amounts to a cover up that I find a little disturbing.
Our desperate government.
Exactly why are all our governmetns so desperate for cash?
None of them can or will live within their means.
And why is there one rule for government and another rule for the rest of us?
Gillard and the Carbon TAX
I can't help thinking we are being done like a dinner by Julia
Gillard and her Carbon TAX.
Let's face it, it is just another TAX - nothing more and nothing
cameras and other revenue raising devises.
I used to have respect for the road rules and the law but now
I have almost none.
Cops and cameras are now revenue raisers for inefficient governments
who never have never will be able to make ends meet.
If you can relate to this significant problem that is looming,
have a read of my view.
Many people have said to me that when they are
looking at wind turbines they come out of a shop more confused
than anything else. This may help a little
change - Marty's view
I've just about had enough of hearing the the two words "Climate
Change" and those other two "Global Warming". I don't
know if it's all true or not, i'm no scientist, but I do reckon
there's a lot of rubbish flying around about it and I do reckon
the politicians are doing their level best to cash in on it.
Rightly or wrongly, this is simply my view of the whole thing.
We would like to wish Jessica Watson safe voyage
in her attempt to be the youngest person to sail around the
world non stop and single handed. As with anything like this,
much of the battle is won with meticulous preparation prior
to departure - and I know there has been much of this in the
Jessica Watson camp.
I have a special attachment to Jessica's attempt because the
boat she is using is my old boat. Now named "Ella's Pink
Lady", she was once named "Shanty". I purchased
this boat as a bare hull and deck from Swarbrick Brothers WA
back 1982. She was fitted out by myself and a shipwright in
my Melbourne front garden and launched in October 1984. I did
some local sailing, local sailing being Bass Straight and Tasmanian
waters, and club racing before heading off cruising the South
Pacific in 1990, the cruise was intended to last one year but
lasted for 6. After my long and passionate attachment to that
boat, she was sold in 1999. In my opinion, there is not a better
boat afloat in which to make this attempt. With a lot of Bass
Strait and ocean miles under her belt, this boat has seen hard
conditions and never gave me a moment of worry.
Shanty arriving in Opua, New Zealand July 1990.
As with any serious ocean going boat, you need a reliable power
supply, Jessica has fitted a couple of solar panels and a Rutland
913 Wind Charger, organised for her by Precision Wind Technology.
www.pwt.com.au . A major problem with some brands of wind generator
are the blades. These can be quite flimsy, too long for comfort,
and vulnerable to damage from topping lifts, truant halyards
and waves. Rutland has short, very robust, blades that are more
likely to survive than many other brands. The fact that the
electronics can be by-passed to maintain power supply in the
event of failure is a big plus - also not easily possible with
some other brands.
Jessica is taking two Rutland 913, one fitted and one spare.
In the event of a complete failure of the unit - for whatever
reason - like getting carried away by a wave, she can simply
swap it over. She is also taking a spare set of blades. However,
I suspect the spare parts and spare turbine might stay in the
locker for the entire voyage.
Ella's Pink Lady - hard to believe she is the same boat. I mean
- PINK! Well, she is a girl.
Good luck Jessica, we'll be thinking of you all the way.
PWT will no longer be dealing with SWWP
After 13 years of selling and servicing
Southwest Windpower product in Australia, SWWP, in their infinite wisdom,
have, without prior notification, been selling goods directly to at
least one of PWT's dealers in this country and, apparently, intend to
continue to do so. We consider this to be about the lowest blow they
could deliver and a grossly unethical act on their behalf and, as a
consequence, we will no longer be handling their products in Australia.
PWT will also no longer be available for trouble shooting or warranty
service on SWWP products and, unless there is a significant change in
attitude, product quality and ethical standards from SWWP, this situation
will not change. However, we do still have a significant amount of spare
parts in stock and will be happy to supply wind generator parts for,
or repair or service out of warranty wind turbines for so long as those
parts remain available.
As for PWT, the company, we will continue
to supply quality marine equipment,
solar equipment and other, better quality, wind turbines than Air, like
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to hand and my views on it.
Well, the victorian government
The new PFD legislation is in place.
Submissions placed by clubs and organisations were dismissed as: "We
felt they had not read the paperwork". They felt!? Just what is
that supposed to mean? All us boating people out there are brainless
idiots, taking the time and effort required to write letters, to get
together a petition together and submissions to the government against
the proposed legislation without reading the paperwork. I don't think
so. I spoke to a lot of club representitives and club members and I
believe they did read the paperwork. This legislation was coming in
regardless of whether or not it was wanted, or needed, by the boating
public. All the waste of time and taxpayers money on the proposals were
all a sham to make us believe we have a say in what our government does
that effects us. I asked the specific question as to how much all this
cost the taxpayers but, "surprisingly", there was no answer
forthcoming. I suppose that's democracy for you.
From my point of view, my personal safety at sea is still my responsibility.
If I am on deck, quite legally in an enclosed area, and there is an
unexpected emergency on an unenclosed part of my boat, I will be, quite
illegally going to fix it without my PFD. Any boating person knows that
some things need to be done - right now. So, all I can say to the legislators
and the enforcers is, fine me, I will not pay it. Lock me up, if you
can catch me. But, my safety at sea is my business, not yours. The water
is one of the few places remaining where we can get a bit of freedom
from the rampant bureaucratic nonsense with which we are surrounded
these days and that is not going to be taken away from me.
The starting point for any and all
power systems is knowing
eactly how much power you need. This will help.