Albanese protest Marrickville

September 1st, 2011


http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/angry-group-of-protesters-demand-an-apology-from-labor-mp-anthony-albanese/story-e6freuzr-1226127337275

Below are photos of mostly ordinary people there like me to point out that the smart arse comment in Parliament by Minister Albanese, calling the "Convoy of no confidence" a "Convoy of no consequence" after some of the protesters at great cost had travelled thousands of kilometers to get to Canberra.

Some of the crowd did go overboard and abused Mr Albanese who had come out to address the crowd.

Now normally Politicians in the firing line hide, but he as one of the chief head kickers in question time, came out to face the music didn't appologise, copped the abuse, and the media then had the "Mob attacks Albanese" headline. Very clever.

Sadly what happens is vision of the abuse makes the news and the justifiable anger of the original Albanese comment is sidelined

How many protesters, normal erveryday, non rent a crowd people prepared to go to rallies to show support, won't bother again after being demonised by the noisy ratbag few?

The organisor should have asked Mr Albanese the questions, and the rest kept repectfully quiet.

This is a mother's love

August 31st, 2011

.The government says it won't switch a speed camera back on in Forestville, despite a multi-car crash ...

August 27th, 2011

August 26, 2011:

http://www.optuszoo.com.au/tvandvideo/videos
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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:00 PM
Subject: speed camers work

Dear minister Gay,
I saw you on TV tonight speaking on the subject of speed cameras. You said any cameras found to be purely revenue raising will be ripped out. Any speed camera will slow most drivers down, so as they do slow cars they are doing their job.

Every media story on speed cameras focuses on the amount of "revenue" they make, not on the fact that they do slow most drivers.
You have a problem, if there is an bad accident at the site of a "ripped out" speed camera the story will change in the media, and of course in the House, asking why this "effective" road safety device was removed, with talk of knee jerk reaction etc.

The much mentioned variable speed cameras at Cleveland st Moore Park raised over $17 million in four years, can you tell me how much of this figure was raised outside of school zone time?
Nobody is against slowing down for kids during school zone time, but to be done for cruising through that deserted area a few kl/mh over at 2.0 am, would be the cause of most of the angst at that site. I think that switching off the variable speed function at the Moore Park site would go a long way in the public relation department concerning speed cameras without greatly compromising road safety.

Yours faithfully
Hans Stephens
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Leave cameras where they are but in the interest of good public relations, turn off the after hours function of variable speed cameras at school zones

No reply to the above email

The human Centipede II.

August 21st, 2011
How low people will go to make money

The sequel to a horror film, it depicts a scientist who grafts together kidnap victims' mouth to anus.

''I didn't think it would be refused classification, but I was surprised that we weren't required to cut it,'' Ben Hellwig, the acquisitions manager for the film's distributor Monster Pictures, said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/censor-lets-centipede-crawl-in-20110820-1j3jr.html#ixzz1VbvNyK4H

And the Australian movie censors think this is entertainment

I have emailed the Federal Justice Minister Mr Brendan O'Connor and asked him why this film was classed as suitable in Australia without cuts.

Canberra August anti - carbon tax rally

August 16th, 2011

This is the first photo I took from the bus on the way to the anti - carbon tax rally today
Across "lake" George you can see the new way of producing clean green power.... a wind turbine farm

Pity there's no wind

No THEY weren't speaking at the rally

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2011/08/16/Abbott_stars_at_anti-carbon_tax_rally_650929.html

Some of the people and speakers at the rally

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-25/gillard-continues-to-back-thomson/2855200

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-16/27convoy-of-no-confidence27-kicks-off/2840760

Official Police Cautions

August 10th, 2011

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/09/london-riots-kids-parents-police

What they need over in London are the Official Police Cautions that minors get here in NSW when they get caught doing graffiti.


That always works

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/07/22/graffiti_update

Knee jerk reaction?

August 3rd, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words

July 28th, 2011

From The Daily Telegraph 28/07/011

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It didn't take long everybody keeps saying how bad the speed cameras are and when 38 are switched off, it's started......with an article like this:

"NSW might be dismantling its "revenue raising" speed cameras but an international study claims the devices actually save governments huge amounts of money as well as lives"

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8278337/speed-cameras-save-governments-money

Speed cameras to be ripped out

July 27th, 2011

Quarter of speed cameras in NSW turned off

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/quarter-of-speed-cameras-in-nsw-turned-off/story-e6freuyi-1226102722240

"the cameras being removed raised $10 million during their time in use." said Mr O'farrell

Mr O'Farrell appears to have been wrong about that figure, in the article below it appears to be $10 million per year, still not too good for 38 cameras

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/a-quarter-of-the-states-lucrative-speed-cameras-have-been-shut-down/story-e6freuzi-1226103067254

Those 38 cameras are to be ripped out, I would think so, as those 38 only made $10 million since installed.
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NSW motorists outsmart speed cameras (NINE NEWS AUG. 26 2010) NB 2010

"A site by site annalysis of the fines issued by each of the fixed cameras around NSW, shows 32 of them failed to issue more than 100 fines in the year - a sign that drivers are now wise to their locations and instinctively slowing down befor speeding up again."

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/7951677/nsw-motorists-outsmart-speed-cameras

Where did the list of 38 cameras axed today come from I wonder?

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They would have cost more than $10 million to install and maintain.

The 2 speed cameras at Moore park made 17.4 million in 4 years, why wasn't that one switched off? Too effective maybe?

Now what is needed a list of all NSW speed cameras, and what they earnt in the last twelve months, next to that the list of the cameras that are to be switched off.

Newcastle Road, Lambton

Bangalow Road, Clunes

New England Highway, Murrurundi

New England Highway, Tilbuster

New England Highway, Quirindi

M4 Motorway, Wentworthville/Greystanes

Brunswick Valley Way, Ocean Shores

Delhi Road, Macquarie Park

Eastern Arterial Road, Gordon

Princes Highway, Broughton

New England Highway, Scone

Princes Highway, Nowra

New England Highway, Llangothlin

Princes Highway, Angledale

Pacific Highway, Kundabung

Pacific Highway, Urunga

Woy Woy Road, Kariong

Eastern Valley Way, North Willoughby

Hume Highway, Burwood

Bolong Road, Shoalhaven Heads

Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest

Manns Road, West Gosford

General Holmes Drive, Botany

Spit Rd, Beauty Point/The Spit

Bruxner Highway, Alstonville

Hume Highway, Coolac

Hume Highway, Tarcutta

Pacific Highway, Banora Point

Pacific Highway, Herons Creek

Pacific Highway, Bundagen

President Avenue, Gymea*

Carlingford Road, Epping

Blackwall Road, Woy Woy North

Ocean Beach Road, Woy Woy

Balgownie Road, Fairy Meadow

Sherwood Road, Merrylands West

Central Coast Highway, Bateau Bay

Great Western Highway, Parramatta

* The Gymea one being switched off is a surprize, as it is a variable speed school zone camera

What makes a speed camera "ineffective" enough to be axed?

All speed cameras will slow drivers down, therefore are effective, so what is the criteria?

I see on TV tonight the opposition is already saying that any accident happening at a previous camera location will be Mr O'farrell's fault.

And what is happening with the 40 ordered mobil camera vans that were to be rolled out this month?

I think what will happen is than after a couple of really bad accidents it'll be a case of "we will have to do something about the road toll and and as a deterrant in the interest of road safety the camera vans will reluctantily be rolled out"
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Not for the money mind you, but for road safety.

More highway patrol in unmarked cars are needed to catch the real baddies not speed cameras.


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from a NRMA site:

http://www.mynrmacommunity.com/motoring/2011/04/08/speed-camera-audit-welcomed/

"The NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said cameras such as the one on Cleveland st Moore Park, which catches motorists soon after entering a 50km/hr zone could go after the review"

I did email Mr Gay the NSW roads minister about the Cleveland st speed camera and received a a reply sort of....

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2011/07/09/road_minister_gay_what_was_the_question

speed camera audit smoke and mirrors

July 27th, 2011

Addicted to speed

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/our-states-speed-camera-craving-for-more-revenue/story-e6freuy9-1226102281369

The top money raising speed cameras in NSW are all variable speed cameras in school zones

Speed cameras in school zones are great to help ensure the school kids safety, but to pick up drivers a few kl/mh over the limit outside of school hours as at Moore park or the ones at Wahrooga is a bit rich.

Which cameras will be found to be "purely revenue raising" and will be "ripped out?"

Unmarked highway patrol is the way to catch the real crimminals on our roads.

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Speed camera audit findings out tommorrow.

July 26th, 2011

Will there be a freak accident, or a preventable one?

July 22nd, 2011

Trees have worked out (without discernable brains) that to be able to stand up and not fall over, it's best that you send out branches evenly as shown in this first photo.

Intelligent man however plant trees that can grow to a large size underneath power wires and then every year contractors have to hack away at these trees to keep branches clear of the wires.

But do the contractors hired by electrial supply companies think of the possible consequences in the way they carry out this necessary work?

A tree remains upright because the canopy foliage grows in a balanced
way.

How much stress is placed on the roots of these trees after having half of the balancing branches removed?

The combination of rain soaked soil around the base of trees and excessive stress on the tree roots by unbalanced branches is a "freak" accident waiting to happen along President Ave Miranda/Caringbah





With many trees overhanging President Avenue all that's needed is a strong Southerly and the stage is set for tragedy

Who has the common sense, a humble tree or man?

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http://hornsby-advocate.whereilive.com.au/news/story/mothers-uncertain-future-after-tree-falls-on-her-car-in-freak-accident/

White ants caused this freak accident but haphazard tree lopping is also white anting otherwise stable trees.
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Tragic tree-falling accident 'was preventable'

"A tragic accident which left a young mother-of-two paralysed could possibly have been prevented if it was not for petty squabbling between government authorities."

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8189360/tragic-tree-falling-accident-could-have-been-prevented

I rang the leader today (22/7/011) as a "concerned resident" to see if they could perhaps do a story to highlight this potentialy dangerous situation

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"Tree pruning is a specialised field requiring extensive knowledge of formative pruning, hazard reduction, and horticultural knowledge."

http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/uploads/787/what_is_roadside_vegetation.pdf
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The trees in the photos above don't seem to have had much "formative pruning".

When contractors prune trees there are any amount of taffic control persons, witches hats, and lanes blocked off because of O H & S regulations so that the workers safety isn't comprimised, but who looks after the motorists driving underneath the trees made dangerous by the work carried out?

Here's one in Menai, which way would this tree fall in a srorm?

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8297573/tree-that-killed-woman-known-as-dangerous

RTA boss carpeted

July 21st, 2011

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/rta-boss-michael-bushby-carpeted-over-speed-limit-mess/story-e6freuy9-1226097828692

Mr Busby has to reapply for his job, is there any chance his appilcation will be rejected?

"Auditor-general Peter Achterstraat's investigation into the state's fixed and mobile "safety" cameras is also likely to bring big changes, Mr Stoner said.

"If he comes back to us and says 'Well, clearly this camera's got no impact on road safety' it's gone. And it will go somewhere that it does, or if they can't say where there's an alternative site, then its gone completely.""

A big call Mr Stoner

One of the pre election mantras was the intention to "rip out" any speed camera found to be inneffective and purely revenue raising.
The speed camera audit findings are coming out in the next few days, well in July anyway.

As the RTA has already said that some cameras are ineffective there should be no delay in announcing their removal, or relocation

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The RTA has advised the NSW Government there are already some cameras it has targeted as ineffective and these will obviously be closely assessed in audit," Mr O'Farrell said

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/newsevents/downloads/minister_releases/2011_04_06_speedcameras.pdf

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Road Minister Gay what was my question again ?

July 9th, 2011

A blond was asked if she wanted coffee or tea?

She answered "yeeeess"

On June 1st I emailed the NSW Roads Minister Gay
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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:00 PM
Subject: speed camers work

Dear minister Gay,
I saw you on TV tonight speaking on the subject of speed cameras. You said any cameras found to be purely revenue raising will be ripped out.
Any speed camera will slow most drivers down, so as they do slow cars, they are doing their job.
Every media story on speed cameras focuses on the amount of "revenue" they make, not on the fact that they do slow most drivers.
You have a problem, if there is an bad accident at the site of a "ripped out" speed camera the story will change in the media, and of course in the House, asking why this "effective" road safety device was removed, with talk of knee jerk reaction etc.
The much mentioned variable speed cameras at Cleveland st Moore Park raised over $17 million in four years, can you tell me how much of this figure was raised outside of school zone time?
Nobody is against slowing down for kids during school zone time, but to be done for cruising through that deserted area a few kl/mh over at 2.0 am, would be the cause of most of the angst at that site. I think that switching off the variable speed function at the Moore Park site would go a long way in the public relation department concerning speed cameras without greatly compromising road safety.

Yours faithfully
Hans Stephens
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Today this came back from the Ministers Office

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From the reply above "any reduction or increase of speed camera programs will be based on the audit, and determined on road safety grounds"

That means the audit will find that speed cameras ARE effective in slowing down cars and a couple of obsolete ones will be "ripped out" for show, and then roll 'em out in the "interest of road safety"
YEEEEESS

In my Inbox an email headed: Lib news keeping you informed

Visit www.nsw.liberal.org.au/achievements to see how we are delivering real change for NSW.

I clicked onto a link on the site headed "Speed zones, with the byline "we have begun an audit of speed zones"

http://www.nsw.liberal.org.au/achievements/renovate-infrastructure/speed-zones

Road safety is my favourite subject and one of Barry's pre-election planks was "to rip" out any ineffective speed cameras so as I'm interested I click on the link, and this is the helpful extra info;

We have begun an audit of speed zones

I don't know about LIB news, maybe it should be called GLIB NEWS

Xmas in July for motorists?

July 4th, 2011

Apil 2011

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says any camera found to be a revenue raiser rather than a safety enhancer will be removed. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin, file photo)

"The New South Wales Government has begun an audit of the state's speed cameras, and is promising to remove those that do not improve road safety."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/07/3185043.htm

NSW Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat says, "the review will determined if cameras installed by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) are located in areas with a high safety risk and if they reduce speeding and crashes."

http://www.busnews.com.au/news/articleid/74081.aspx

"The report has a limited scope, however, with Achterstraat saying it will not cover police speed enforcement measures, future speed camera initiatives, the accuracy of the units and other road safety measures."

"Future speed camera inititives" would I suppose would include the 40 new mobile speed camera due to be rolled out this month too.

http://www.caradvice.com.au/89856/rta-plans-40-more-mobile-speed-cameras-for-nsw/
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From Victoria comes news of "a speed camera audit"

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/ag-to-probe-use-and-integrity-of-road-cameras-20110524-1f2jx.html

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Good works pays fines

July 1st, 2011

"People too poor to pay their fines will be allowed to work off their debts by volunteering with charities"

(from the Daily Telegraph)

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/charity-work-to-be-used-to-pay-fines/story-e6freuzi-1226085202360

The pilot program members, including homeless youth, people with mental illnesses and poor families, reduced their fine debt by a combined $294,000.

It's concerning the bit about "people with mental illnesses" racking up thousands in fines.

Should people with mental illnesses be allowed to drive a car?

How many drivers are caught driving while disqualified, get fined again, get disqualified for longer, get caught again and so on....?

The article doesn't say how many days of this work you have to do to work off "thousands of dllars in fines"

It's possible to rack up thousands if you drive while disqualified .
!st offence $3,300 2nd offence $5,500

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/rulesregulations/penalties/serioustrafficoffences/unlicdrivoffences.html

You have to make it clear that if you loose your points you mustn't drive.

WHEEL CLAMP THE CAR THE FIRST TIME A DRIVER IS CAUGHT DRIVING WHILST DISQUALIFIED"

From my "Letters to the editor" category

Daily Telegraph

US Evangelist Jason Hooper claims he's on a mission from god

June 26th, 2011

American Preacher Jason Hooper fronts Macksville Court on high range drink driving charges after he smashed his car in Macksville on the way from Kempsey to Coffs Harbour. He had been drinking double shot spirits for 3 hours prior to making the trip up the Pacific Highway. Picture: Nathan Edwards Source: The Sunday Telegraph



American Preacher Jason Hooper had been drinking double shot spirits for 3 hours prior to making the trip up the Pacific Highway. Picture is the Hyundai Excel he hit when he ran off the road on Cooper St (Pacific Hwy). Picture: Nathan Edwards Source: The Sunday Telegraph

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/hes-on-a-mission-from-god/story-e6freuy9-1226081982451

From the link above:

"magistrate Wayne Evans who let him go, saying the preacher was a "person of good character" under a lot of "ministerial pressure"."

I wonder what the "ministerial pressure" was?

Maybe people attending his/Hillsong"s revival meetings weren't putting enough in the "offering" buckets.

I haven't forgotten that Hillsong couldn't give me an opinion on the "Longer lasting sex" daytime radio advertising.

No money it seems in complaining about inaproppriate advertising

Mine you others didn't care either, see www.protectkids.com.au

Which is the odd one out

June 20th, 2011
No 1

No 2

No3

Guess which one is the odd one out.*

As it costs $50,000 to punish a criminal in NSW by locking he/she up for one year, I looked again at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tent prison in the USA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxNgJk0WSqs

That's what is needed in NSW because what happens now doesn't work.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/get-out-of-jail-free-crims-get-away-with-murder/story-fn6ck4a4-1226078053462

*The three photos above are ALL mug shots on a Sheriff Joe website.

No reply

June 17th, 2011

No reply as yet from the Premier's office to the email I sent last month.
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This letter I sent into the Telegraph after being ignored by Mr Roozendaal/office back in '07

After that was in the Telegraph I did get an email the next day.

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When the result of the NSW speed camera audit comes out next month what will we be told?

Maybe that:

Speed cameras ARE effective in slowing down drivers.

Being as they are effective, having more would slow down even more drivers.

The only ones complaining would be bad drivers.

Simple, don't speed and you don't get caught.

So in the interest of road safety the 40 new mobile speed camera vans will be rolled out.

and by the way a couple of obsolete non productive fixed speed cameras will (as promised) be "ripped out"

Cleveland st Moore park speed camera

June 14th, 2011

Once again the cleveland st cameras tops the money making list

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/camera-eyes-on-revenue-on-nsw-roads/story-fn6b3v4f-1226073930145

I emailed the Telegraph

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The email as sent:
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Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2011 9:47 AM
Subject: What a difference an election win makes

Dear sir,
Once again the Cleveland st Moore Park speed cameras top the list in revenue collected from speeding drivers. ("Camera eyes on revenue" Mon 13) The one thing never mentioned is that the cameras at Moore Park are in a school zone understandably installed there for the school kids safety. These cameras being of the "variable speed" variety also catch out drivers cruising through that site a few clicks over the artificially low (for the area)speed limit after school zone time. I have emailed the Roads Minister and the Premier suggesting that the vast bulk of the fines at this site would be for minor after school zone time infractions, and as a public relation exercise they could turn off the after hours function. But what a difference an election win makes, because before the March election it took 8 hours to get a personal reply to an email to the then opposition leader Mr O'Farrell, but now there is no acknowledgement of my emails from the Premier, his office, or his Roads Minister Gay or anyone from his office.

regards Hans Stephens
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Next month the results of the speed camera audit will come out, a couple of old non producing cameras "will be ripped out" the rest will be deemed "effective" for road safety, and in the interest in even more road safety out will come the 40 new privately run mobil speed cameras

It is only police in unmarked cars that catch the real idiots on our roads, like the woman texting at 80 kl/mh in front of me on Southern cross drive last week..... not speed cameras

Millions of dollars reaped from cameras

June 10th, 2011

Speed cameras rake in millions at Beverly Hills and Kogarah
(From the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader 9 JUNE)

SPEED cameras at Beverly Hills and Kogarah have been among the top revenue raisers over the past five years.

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/speed-cameras-rake-in-millions-at-beverly-hills-and-kogarah/2189478.aspx

The highest revenue earners in NSW would be the "variable speed" cameras in school zones.

The highest earner in fact being the Cleveland st Moore Park school zone

How much would these Moore Park cameras earn if they switched off after school zone time and didn't catch the cars cruising through this deserted area after hours?

The road minister's office hasn't replied to my request for the breakdown of figures at that school zone.
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"Road safety experts have repeatedly pointed to evidence showing speed cameras save lives, but Mr O'Farrell said his government preferred visible marked highway patrol cars to nab speeding drivers."

http://smh.drive.com.au/roads-and-traffic/speed-camera-audit-to-target-cash-cows-20110407-1d680.html
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What a lot of nonsense, a couple of old speed cameras that don't make much money will be removed, and "in the interest of road safety" the ordered 40 new mobil speed camera vans will be rolled out, because the audit found that speed cameras ARE effective.

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News from Victoria

Police Association secretary Greg Davies said media outlets had been flooded by calls from people who had noticed police cars flashing lights where red light and speed cameras were.

??The motoring public has been tooting, waving with big grins on their faces as they drive past very slowly,?? Mr Davies said.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/speed-camera-protest-to-cost-state-government-millions-20110607-1fqid.html#ixzz1Os4iwAQz

Sydney Lane Cove Tunnel fines to be refunded after glitch

June 7th, 2011

"Sydney Lane Cove Tunnel fines to be refunded after glitch"
(from the Daily Telegraph website)

THE NSW government will pay back about $32,000 in fines to motorists caught speeding in Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel after the certification of two cameras was bungled.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/sydney-lane-cove-tunnel-fines-to-be-refunded-after-glitch/story-e6freuyi-1226070294072

How many times does this happen an motorists aren't told when speed cameras aren't "certified", or perhaps even faulty?

Speed cameras again

June 1st, 2011

I emailed the Roads Minister Duncan Gay tonight after seeing stories on both "Today Tonight" and "A Current Affair" about those "revenue raising" speed cameras.
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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 7:58 PM
Subject: Speed cameras

Dear minister Gay,
I saw you on TV tonight speaking on the subject of speed cameras. You said any cameras found to be purely revenue raising will be ripped out. Any speed camera will slow most drivers down, so as they do slow cars they are doing their job.
Every media story on speed cameras focuses on the amount of "revenue" they make, not on the fact that they do slow most drivers.
You have a problem, if there is an bad accident at the site of a "ripped out" speed camera the story will change in the media, and of course in the House, asking why this "effective" road safety device was removed, with talk of knee jerk reaction etc.
The much mentioned variable speed cameras at Cleveland st Moore Park raised over $17 million in four years, can you tell me how much of this figure was raised outside of school zone time?
Nobody is against slowing down for kids during school zone time, but to be done for cruising through that deserted area a few kl/mh over at 2.0 am, would be the cause of most of the angst at that site. I think that switching off the variable speed function at the Moore Park site would go a long way in the public relation department concerning speed cameras without greatly compromising road safety.

Yours faithfully
Hans Stephens
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The variable speed school zone camera at Cleveland St Moore Park


As the roads Minister it would take one phone call to get the figures, and I don't think it's an unreasonable question for me to ask for.

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NSW speed cameras used as 'cash cow' - Gay

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/nsw-speed-cameras-used-as-cash-cow-gay/story-e6frfku0-1226067441452#ixzz1O7H6b5CD

Texting while driving

May 31st, 2011

From the Daily Telegraph

"Just five seconds can kill when drivers use handsets while driving"

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/just-five-seconds-can-kill-texting-death-at-80m/story-e6frfro0-1226066092374#ixzz1NvSLyFEk

My idea to to help cut the numbers texting while driving:

The vehicle of anyone caught texting is immediatly impounded.

It's difficult to text and drive when your cars locked up

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A little bit harsh, tell the victims in these court reports.

http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&source=hp&q=killed+by+driver+texting&oq=killed+by+driver+texting&aq=f&aqi=g-j1&aql=&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=3750l13141l0l24l23l0l9l9l0l516l3485l2-4.4.1.1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=6840c78166dc8926&biw=1003&bih=567
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One example from the above links

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/polk/girl-killed-by-texting-driver-remembered-01032011


One truck driver texting while driving
Seven cars involved
Two dead

The logo on the truck trailer says it all ...... NFI


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I drove into town on Southern Cross Drive today and a car in front was weaving side to side mostly in it's middle lane.

I drew alongside and a youngest woman was texting.

I tooted, she looked over and waved her arm at me as if shooing a fly.

That is why we need more unmarked Police cars on the road and $1000 fines.

Fashion Confidential

May 29th, 2011

I once emailed the Telegraph and asked why they printed a "fashion" photo of a couple of sad looking emaciated models which could send a bad example for young female body consious readers.

My letter wasn't printed

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It must be a tough life for cat walk girls because they always seem to look unhappy.

And skinny is good
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Last Saturday's edition of The Daily Telegraph had this photo to show off a fashion garment.

Now I like any photo of any good looking young lady, but I'm afraid this photo made me think she was getting ready for a pap smear.

Aren't there other fashion shots availiable to print with a more normal pose?

Didn't one person at the Telegraph think that this sort of photo wasn't really necessary to print?

I could ask Sydney Confidential why of the need to use a photo like this, but it would be a case of "Ask someone who cares" as when I asked all 150 Federal Politicians for an opinion on the adult content AMI ads on daytime radio.

Although politicians seem to like kids, it appears as can be seen on my other website www.protect kids.com.au that their care is as illusionary as their sincerity in photo using kids to get votes.

Supercheap Auto for cheap graffiti supplies.

May 21st, 2011

Graffiti purging gets serious

"SUTHERLAND Shire Council and police united on Graffiti Action Day at the weekend and launched a manual for residents who want to help remove eyesores from their neighbourhood."(from the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader)

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/graffiti-purging-gets-serious/2167626.aspx

On the Leader website the photo with the article caught my eye

If you look at this special on the middle of the front page in this month's Super Cheap Auto catelogue, you might notice the cans in the leader photo are the same brand as the ones Supercheap Auto are practicily giving away

How many thousands of dollars damage can you do with a $2.33 spray can bought at Supercheap Auto?

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On the letter's page St George and Sutherland Shire Leader May 26

My letter printed word for word unlike the one to the Telegraph (below)
Thank you Mr Leader.

Am I being unfair to Supercheap?
I don't see Bunnings having specials on spray cans in their catelogues.
Supercheap Auto thought it corporatily responsible to advertise spray can specials during the Bathurst 1000 watched by mainly who....the gender that does the graffiti

Previous pages on this subject:

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/10/25/supercheap_auto_super_smart

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/10/12/supercheap_auto_the_graffiti_vandals_fri

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/10/21/feedback

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/12/23/supercheap_auto_xmas_stocking_filler

I'll send an email to Supercheap Auto HQ with a link to this page and ask if they have a comment

Letter to the editor

May 18th, 2011


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The letter as The Telegraph shortened it, appears to be just opposition, but with no solutions.
This is the unedited version with my solution to the angst at the Cleveland st variable school zone speed cameras.

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:12 AM
Subject: Barry's proud boast

Dear sir,
My team is the busiest says Premier Barry O'Farrell. ("Barry's proud boasts" May 17) Once again the audit of speed cameras is mentioned and Mr O'Farrell has promised to "rip out " any speed camera found to be purely revenue raising. I would say that to remove any cameras is a bit risky because any future accident at that location will be blamed on "knee jerk" reaction to criticism of speed cameras.
The Cleveland st Moore Park variable speed cameras made over $17 million dollars in 4 years and the vast majority of the infringements would be for "speeding" outside of school zone hours.
A simple solution the stop the perceived unfair hammering of drivers at that location is to switch off the variable part of those speed cameras.
Unlike the speedy breaking of the solar rebate contracts which were COSTING millions, any change to the speed camera regime I think will be very tardy as they MAKE millions, and any change will always be trumped by the " it's for road safety " disclaimer.
The forty new mobile speed cameras will be on the road in July not for revenue raising but for "road safety"
For real road safety, more Police in unmarked cars, not speed cameras.

Regards
Hans Stephens
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I emailed the Premier:

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Dear Mr O'Farrell,
I wrote to the Daily Telegraph yesterday commenting on an article in the paper the previous day.
The letters editor took out enough to make it appear although I can whinge, I haven't any ideas to help.
My full email is on my website www.schoolzonesanta.com. Don't speed and you won't get caught easily said, but if people complain about speed cameras now, wait till you roll out the new 40 mobile ones.
By what criteria does the RTA label a speed camera ineffective?
A cynic would suggest one that doesn't make enough money.
Why did I email the paper and not say, the roads Minister, well I did asking for one miserable extra sign to help drivers at the Kogarah Princes Highway school zone and no reply.
I emailed a previous Roads Minister Mr Roozendal, 4 times with no reply till after a letter in the Telegraph pointing out this lack of courtesy.
A couple of ideas to improve road safety and make money, anyone caught using a mobil while driving (everyone knows that's illegal ) $600 fine, 2nd offence $1000.
Wheel clamp cars of fine defaulters or those driving unlicensed as they do in other Sates and overseas.
That would show bottle and strong leadership.
Fine the parents of any minor caught out late at night doing graffiti $1000. Then they'll wonder where 14 yo Billy is at 2am
Send older graffiti vandals to graffiti camp, where for a month they clean paint off previously prepared walls. Not somewhere that costs over $500 a day but a place like Sheriff Joe's tent city.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arpaio#Actions_as_Maricopa_County_Sheriff
There has to be consequences for bad behaviour, assult a Police officer and that means a minimum month in a tent prison, no TV, no X box, plain food and time to realise that Police are to be respected.
Policy like this would be appluded by the majority.
To run a State like NSW costs a lot of money, but how much is wasted. How much is spent running the RTA for example, and how much on actually spent on doing the shovel work.. Google ICAC and "past investigations" and that shows where there is more waste.
I voted for Mr Annesly.

Regards
Hans Stephens
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Update 24 May;
As yet I have had no acknowledgement of the above email.
No doubt Mr O'Farrell's has a busy inbox and would have more than a few solar power customers on it with questions

Update May 30; no response as yet......

to be continued
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A top idea from Queensland

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/assault-a-cop-go-straight-to-jail-union/story-e6freuyi-1226079313592

Welcome to a one month old new State Government

May 1st, 2011

ROCKDALE MP John Flowers has been on a disability pension, reportedly for agoraphobia, a fear of open spaces.
And the Liberal Party knew Mr Flowers was on the pension when he ran for Parliament, but decided to wait to see if he won before acting on it.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/liberals-knew-of-mp-john-flowers-pension-pay/story-fn7q4q9f-1226047151429

The new Government yesterday changed the Superannuation Act to allow Mr Flowers to freeze his pension and remain in Parliament, avoiding a by-election.
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I have a fear of dentists....can I get a disability pension?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_fear

Money's no object

April 30th, 2011

Out with the "old" and in with the new

Very expensive flashing lights were installed at the school zone on President Ave Gymea a few years ago.
Flashing is really a bad describtion because they didn't flash, rather they slowly went on .... off on ..... off.

"Flashing" too slowly to really attract attention.

So after the intitial cost and the yearly maintenance charges these ones were ripped out at Gymea on Thurs and replaced with more expensive ones, but at least the new ones will work.

NSW GOVT ORDERS SPEED CAMERA AUDIT

April 17th, 2011

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/newsevents/downloads/minister_releases/2011_04_06_speedcameras.pdf

"If any of the state's 172 fixed speed cameras are found to to have no effect on road saftey they will be ripped out.

Ineffective" speed cameras will be ripped out.

The RTA has has found some cameras that are ineffective.

In what way are they ineffective?

Perhaps those ones in the RTA's view, aren't making enough money.

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Saturday June 19 - The West Australian

http://www.policespeedcameras.info/politics.html

In all of his recent statements about WA's massive increase in speed cameras, Police Minister Rob Johnson has been scrupulously silent on how the extra money raked in through fines will be spent. And we're not talking peanuts here.

Over the coming four financial years, an extra $250 million will flow to the Government from speed and red-light fines.

While the minister has been silent, the recent State Budget papers speak volumes.

They show the fines growing from $37.2 million this financial year to $92.9 million next year as the revenue from 67 new cameras pours into Sate coffers.

But the following years are the ones that make the most interesting reading. In 2011-12 and the two years after that for which the Budget projects revenue, the Government has written in red-light and speed fines at $112.0 million annually.

What that tells us is that four years down the track of this new regime of speed control, the Government expects no discernible change in driver behaviour. The fines revenue remains static.
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It wouldn't happen here, or would it?

http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/03/as_if_red_light_cameras_arent.php