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Peach last won the day on February 6 2017

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  1. Peach

    Travel caps and Human Rights

    and we open the boarders and tens of thousands die, that is just hard cheese for them?
  2. Peach

    Travel caps and Human Rights

    I'd prefer for the borders to stay pretty much as is, until such a time that opening them won't risk the health of the population already here.
  3. Peach

    Someone stole my fridge!

    Where did you leave it?
  4. Peach

    Have you bought any bitcoin ?

    Congratulations on your profits. There doesn't seem to be much advice on your twitter feed, just lots of HODL - rocket to the moon - memes?
  5. Peach

    British supermarkets vs Australian supermarkets

    I feel I need to give a yay to Canberra's independent supermarket chain Supabarn, who manage to be different and better than Colesworth. Even the IGAs here remind me more of delis than Spa shops. But bit pointless if to consider whether I prefer them to the UK offering IMHO. I don't have a choice to shop at Tesco while I'm here - and tbh I've mostly forgotten what driving to a massive car park on the opposite side of town is like. I do prefer having smaller food centres in closer proximity, with proper butchers, bakers and fruit & veg that was grown in country.
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    Government reshuffle

    I can't say I really like either of them. My missus once said to me: "In Australian politics, it is a choice of voting for who you hate or who you despise". She wasn't wrong.
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    Government reshuffle

    Scott Morrison was sacked as managing director of Tourism Australia in 2006 with a year left to run on his contract. For 14 years the reason for the sacking has remained one of the best kept secrets in Parliament. Now, FoI documents accessed by Jommy Tee reveal the PM either lied about a critical probity report, or numerous government departments and agencies are so incompetent that all of them – together, coincidentally, jointly and severally – lost it. https://www.michaelwest.com.au/where-the-bloody-hell-is-it-did-scott-morrison-lie-about-the-report-that-saved-his-bacon-at-tourism-australia/
  8. Peach

    Government reshuffle

    When Scott Morrison skipped out the doors of the Property Council of Australia (PCA) in 1995, where he had spent six years cutting his teeth as a spinner, lobbyist and propagandist, he landed in the tourism sector. Specifically, the Tourism Task Force (now the Tourism and Transport Forum) — a lobby group that in many ways mirrored the PCA. For the next 12 years, he would switch between various roles in peak and government-run tourism bodies — and a brief unsuccessful stint in private practice — and the Liberal Party of Australia. In among a string of election campaign failures, Morrison had a regular habit of leaving or being pushed out of jobs before his contracts were finished. There were two stints that have, perhaps understandably, been scrubbed from his Wikipedia page. The first was a period at big four consulting group KPMG in 2000, where he was attempting to start up a tourism practice. The second was an ill-fated turn as the strategic director for the campaign of New South Wales Liberal leader Peter Debnam during his failed 2007 election bid. A self-styled “marketer” (he actually has a Bachelor of Science in applied economic geography from UNSW) Morrison instead hired others to do the marketing work, according to a number of people that worked with him in his various tourism jobs, while he focused largely on the networking. This networking brought him into contact with Liberal grandees who promoted him ever higher, until he landed in — or rather was parachuted into — federal parliament in 2007. Morrison’s first role in the tourism sector was as deputy chief executive of the Australian Tourism Task Force, then-chaired by former Labor tourism minister John Brown. Showing his talent for ruthlessness, Morrison jumped ship to rival group Tourism Council of Australia (TCA) to became the general manager. The TCA was run by Bruce Baird, the former transport minister in the Nick Greiner and John Fahey NSW Liberal governments (1989-2005). Morrison left the TCA in 1998 at the same time Baird entered federal parliament. By December 1999, the TCA was technically insolvent, despite a questionable “start-up” loan of $2.3 million by the Howard government. It was eventually tipped into administration under Grant Thornton in December 2001 and disbanded. “The damage was done by Bruce and Scott,” a former staffer noted. In 1998, Morrison moved to New Zealand as the the inaugural director of the newly created Office of Tourism and Sport, reporting directly to NZ tourism minister Murray McCully. The two entered a widely reported power struggle with the independent NZ Tourism Board. In a 1999 report, NZ auditor-general criticised Morrison’s role, particularly his commissioning and handling of a report critical of the board. These events have been detailed in The Saturday Paper. Returning to Australia, a year before his contract was up, Morrison took up a what appears to have been a short-lived stint at KPMG Consulting, where people in the industry said he was “knocking on doors trying to drum up work”. The common thread here appears to be Tony Clark, former New South Wales MD for KPMG (he stepped down in 1998). Clark was famously John Howard’s golfing partner and was subsequently also a supporter of Tony Abbott when prime minister and was an attendee at Abbott’s post-budget “Jesuit old boys” dinner. Clark was at the same time serving as a long-time deputy chairman at Tourism Australia and its predecessor body the Australian Tourist Commission. Clark did not respond to a request for comment. Requests to both Morrison’s office and KPMG to detail his time there, went unanswered. By late 2000, Morrison had been installed as the NSW director of the Liberal Party. He would get his first taste of the political power of “the boats” when the Tampa incident flipped the 2001 federal election the Howard government’s way. But the Liberal campaign for office under leader John Brogden in 2003 was a flop. The party lost a single seat on a flat vote percentage, compared to the previous poll, to the third-term Bob Carr-led Labor government. But in the 2004 federal election, where Morrison apparently impressed then-PM John Howard, the Liberals picked up a handful of NSW seats. And after leaving his first stint at the Liberal Party, Morrison appears to have been handed the job of MD at Tourism Australia from 2004 — replete with a photo of John Howard in his office. Morrison immediately brought in South African Ian McFarlane, who had worked with him in NZ and engaged M&C Saatchi to do the “100% Pure New Zealand” campaign, something McFarlane takes clear credit for on his LinkedIn page. “It was clear that they wanted Saatchi again,” said one staffer, once McFarlane had arrived at TA. This time it was to develop the controversial “Where the Bloody Hell Are You” campaign. Meanwhile in the office, it was case of where the bloody hell was Morrison? “He was an invisible MD, he wasn’t present he wasn’t around, he wouldn’t know anyone’s names,” one long-time staffer said, who also said McFarlane showed disdain for group processes. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) would have similar concerns in its 2008 report on the group. Morrison’s three-year contract was cut short as he clashed with tourism minister Fran Bailey. “Two ‘A’ type personalities,” a TA staffer at the time, told Crikey. He was sacked in 2006 in a unanimous decision of the board led by former Nationals leader and deputy PM Tim Fischer, which has never been fully explained. It’s noteworthy, again, that Clark was the deputy chairman of TA. There also remain unanswered questions about tenders from the ANAO report that have still not been made public. After dodging questions about his departure for years, Morrison finally spilled the beans in an interview with The Women’s Weekly in October 2018: “There were different constructions of words put together at the time, but that’s what it boiled down to,” Morrison said. “It was quite an event. There’s the humiliation and embarrassment.” In some views, this may breach the $500,000 payout he reportedly received for agreeing not to talk publicly about the termination, and says a lot about the ever creeping lack of transparency in taxpayer-funded institutions in Australia. Morrison had fixed his eye on the federal seat of Cook, where his old boss Bruce Baird decided to step down rather than engage in a pre-selection battle, after an unfairly ignominious nine years in federal parliament where he was ignored for higher office by Howard. In December 2006, as he was prepping for a tilt at Liberal pre-selection for Cook, Morrison made a return to politics as strategy director for the 2007 election campaign of NSW opposition leader Peter Debnam who had taken over from Brogden after he resigned following a series of events that began with revelations he had described Carr’s wife Helena, a successful businesswoman who immigrated to Australia from Malaysia, as a “mail-order bride”. An early piece of Morrison’s strategy would be the appearance, in February 2007, of Debnam in Speedos creating much derision. Debnam would lose the March 2007 election to Carr’s successor, Morris Iemma, by 17 seats. Following the second NSW state Liberal defeat in which Morrison had played a senior role, he quickly turned his attention to the seat of Cook. Despite references from senior Liberal figures including Howard, Morrison did not even make the final ballot in pre-selection, gaining only eight votes and losing to Michael Towke. Morrison was only anointed as candidate when Towke ran into problems with the party’s state executive after a damaging series of stories alleging branch-stacking. Towke was dumped as candidate but would later win a defamation settlement against The Daily Telegraph, which had been prosecuting the case against him. Morrison was effectively parachuted in, endorsed without pre-selection. Morrison won the seat with 56.9% of the vote but the Liberal vote went backwards in 2007, losing 6.9% in the two-party preferred vote. Morrison would regain 6.3% of that vote in 2010. In the 2013 Abbott landslide, he would pick up a further 3.7%, firmly establishing Cook as a safe Liberal seat, in 2017, his vote only edged back 0.3% per cent. So, Cook at least appears safe for Morrison, but his pre-2007 career casts plenty of questions over his strategic campaigning abilities, his management skills and a distinct tendency towards a lack of transparency. Source: https://www.crikey.com.au/2019/02/11/scott-morrison-career/
  9. Peach

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    This is a big reason we haven't started vaccinations -- until this morning the EU was not allowing any to be exported to us:
  10. I queried you saying it was illegal. It's not it is just difficult because of the money laundering laws. The accounts that are available tend to be expensive: e.g. International current account - Lloyds International (lloydsbank.com)
  11. Not actually illegal, just made difficult. Here's an account you can open from overseas, just need a UK address: Monzo Help - Opening a Monzo account if you're not a UK tax resident
  12. I have kept a First Direct account open, with no issues.
  13. Peach

    UK Buy to Let Mortgage Solution

    I'd also be careful with 'not telling the bank'. I noticed a new 'failure to declare reportable facts' clause, when I renewed the landlord's insurance this time around. A reportable fact being anything the insurance company might be interested to know. My interpretation was should you make a claim and had not already told the insurance company that the bank didn't know you were overseas or the mortgage was still residential, then that would be reason for them to not pay out.
  14. Peach

    RIP Pommypaul

    Wow. That is sad news. Hugs to all x x
  15. Peach

    New Years Eve

    Just flown back into Canberra from Bundaberg. Weird being on a plane with masks, pretending that they offer protection when we're all crammed in. Going to watch an episode or two X-file and head to bed. Merry New Year one and all. x x