The new Liberal National Government in Western Australia has wasted little time in denouncing the Federal Government’s Emission Trading Scheme. It would seem not so incidentally the Petroleum Club of WA had a lovely display in the foyer of Governor Stirling Tower (the Governor Stirling Tower being where the Premier, Treasurer, PMC staff and Treasury staff reside on weekdays between 9 and 5) devoted to the “winners” of the Petroleum Club of WA “Schools Information Program” for 2008.

It also seems that the federal Department of Industry and Resources is giving grants to the Petroleum Club of WA (according to the only annual report available through the Clubs website).

If you were wondering what exactly the Petroleum Club of WA does that makes them candidates for grants and/or ostentatious advertising displays in the “Premiers” building, well that should be pretty clear from their website:

The Petroleum Club of Western Australia INC provides an ideal environment for those working in the oil and gas industry who wish to mix and meet with their colleagues … the Schools Information Program (SIP), helps to foster greater awareness and better understanding by the community of the oil and gas industry.

I can understand industry sucking up to Government, but Governments bending over for a social club of rich men working in the oil and gas industry, who seem to be peddling propaganda to school students under the guise of an information program. Something is seriously wrong with WA politics.

Superannuation top up for City of Greater Geelong (COGG) employees, at the expense of ratepayers. Why are COGG ratepayers going to receive a cut in “some” services, so that the COGG can top up their super fund, which is apparently not doing so well due to the current economic crisis? The COGG also did this in 2001. The only place I have read anything at all about this is in a local paper, and that’s all it said. Shouldn’t the employees just weather it out like any other person with superannuation. Doesn’t the COGG have any concept of the number of hard working low income earning ratepayers in the Geelong, who make sacrifices to pay their rates? Aren’t the employees of the COGG just lucky enough to be employed, and to be on award wages with award conditions — compared to many other people, this is prettty good. And also the COGG gives big dollars to the Geelong Football Club. Why can’t the overpaid football players support themselves?

Did anyone see My Career in the SMH this weekend? The cover story was “How to rise up from redundancy”… A handy bit of advice for their staff from a thoughtful editor?

Peter Fray

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