Speed Cameras

September 14th, 2010

Here's a web site with worldwide information about speed cameras

http://www.policespeedcameras.info/Speed_Camera_News_Canada/canada_news.html

The hoon laws in Canada are impressive. (2nd story)

RTA admits speed camera at fault

August 4th, 2010

Nearly 400 Sydney drivers will have fines returned and demerit points wiped out after the Roads and Traffic Authority admitted a faulty camera was randomly snapping cars.

The fixed digital school zone camera on the Kingsway at Miranda took photos of cars outside school zone times, and as a result incorrectly fined drivers for speeding, The Daily Telegraph says.

"Last week the RTA detected a timing error at the school zone speed camera on the Kingsway at Miranda, affecting speeding offences from May 23 to June 11 inclusive," the RTA said on Friday.
RTA admits speed camera at fault June 19, 2010

Nearly 400 Sydney drivers will have fines returned and demerit points wiped out after the Roads and Traffic Authority admitted a faulty camera was randomly snapping cars.

The fixed digital school zone camera on the Kingsway at Miranda took photos of cars outside school zone times, and as a result incorrectly fined drivers for speeding, The Daily Telegraph says.

"Last week the RTA detected a timing error at the school zone speed camera on the Kingsway at Miranda, affecting speeding offences from May 23 to June 11 inclusive," the RTA said on Friday.

"The timer on the school zone speed camera was out of sync due to a software error, which meant some motorists were being incorrectly detected for speeding."

There were almost 400 penalty notices, worth about $49,000, issued to motorists during the period the camera was faulty.

"The RTA has asked the State Debt Recovery Office to withdraw the 380 penalties issued to motorists at this location during the time of the error," the spokeswoman said.

The RTA said it was the first time such an error had taken place, but the technology downfall was similar to a faulty sensor on a camera that recorded incorrect speeds earlier this year.
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It was after distressed booked drivers rang Ray Hadley on 2GB for help the the RTA detected the fault

One extra flashing Light set

August 1st, 2010
I emailed Road Ministers Roozendaal, Dally and now Borger to get an extra set of flashing lights at Beverly Hills without sucess, and they have collected $111 million in fines at school zones since I first asked.

In todays Sunday Telegraph

MORE than 900 drivers were booked for double parking, speeding or talking on their mobile phone each day in school zones last year under beefed-up road laws - but the NSW Government has broken its promise to spend every cent on road safety.

Exclusive data obtained by The Sunday Telegraph from the Office of State Revenue shows penalties issued in school zones rocketed from $26.6 million in 2007 to $34.1 million last year following the introduction of heavier fines and demerit points for school zone related speeding and parking offences.

In 2006, when then-NSW roads minister Eric Roozendaal announced the roll-out of 50 new school zone speed cameras, he vowed that "all revenue from them will be put straight back into road safety".

Four years and more than $111 million in school zone fines later, Mr Roozendaal, now Treasurer, has broken his promise.

The NRMA and Auditor-General slammed the RTA for refusing to disclose where school zone speed camera revenue is spent.

Full story:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/broken-promise-on-school-zones/comments-e6freuy9-1225899460804

Dear Minister Borger

July 24th, 2010


The Hon. David Borger BEc MP

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: minister@borger.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 3:10 PM
Subject: 2GB interview with Jason Morrison

Dear Minister,
Congratulations on your interview with Jason Morrison recently, many a politician wouldn't have accepted the interview but you not only fronted in person, but you took live calls from listeners, and as when you were on air when housing minister you did well.
Mobile speed cameras are not something the public is entirely happy with, but it will slow down traffic.
Sadly it will catch many good average drivers unaware they have drifted a few k/mph over the limit so you can expect a bit of flak when the warnings sent out now, are real infringement notices.
I've had a few tickets in the 10 years I drove taxis, and never was it for something I hadn't done.
Could you have a look at how you could, in the interest of road safety spend a bit of the money raised from the camera vans on a concern of mine.
I emailed Mr Roozendl 4 times about this, handed the then roads Minister Daly a copy of an unanswered email I sent them and he said after reading it "I can't do anything about that" (or words very similar ) which I thought was a strange statement for the boss of roads.
My website www.schoolzonesanta.com explains more easily my request, which is an extra set of flashing lights Southbound at the Beverly Hills school zone on King Geoges rd.

I stood at the Southbound camera the Thurs (am ) school zone time before Easter, and the Friday before the Queens Birthday weekend and I could tell by the faces of drivers that were flashed by that camera as they passed, they had no idea that they'd just lost eight points.
Thank you for your time

Regards Hans stephens

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The solution (I think) for better road safety at the Beverly Hills school zone is an extra flashing light going South and I've tried to convince previous road Ministers of this.
The reason I emailed Mr Roozendaal 4 times (four times was because I can be quite persistant as shown in my category "State Election 2007" or "RailCorp waste")
I personally handed Road Minister Mr Dally a copy of an email I had sent him, and have emailed the new Roads Minister Mr Borger saying it would be in the interest of childrens's safety and a help to drivers to add flashing lights to this school zone sign at Beverly Hills.

There is going to be a bit of money coming in once the six "white" mobile speed camera vans finish the one month warning period and start fining speeding drivers.

Maybe there'll be enough revenue to get an extra set of flashing lights at the Beverly Hills school zone going South, opposite Edgbaston st, because drivers that stop at the lights at Morgan st don't realize/forget it's schoolzone time and waiting for them down the slope hidden behind a pole, is the camera.

As I said in my letter to the Telegraph below "speed cameras have their place in road safety" but the problem with school zones is that drivers need to know WHEN it's school zone time and flashing lights are the answer.
Then if you still speed and get caught tough luck.

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This letter I sent into the Telegraph after being ignored by Mr Roozendaal/office

The reply said they'd "look into it," and nothing has changed at Beverly Hills

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School zone at King Georges rd Beverly hills

I spent a fortnight of school zone time at Beverly hills in my santa suit, with my 40 sign, and signs on van to draw attention to fact there was a need of an extra set of flashing lights at Edgebaston st.

I had predicted trouble on 25 July '07 when I saw the speed cameras being installed and rang a reporter at the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader.

I suggested to him that as an investigative reporter, he could ask the RTA why there wasn't a extra set of flashing lights (as there is on the other side of the road) going South, at Beverly Hills

Nothing happened and the camera installation was finished and they were switched on.

I saw this article in the paper, (by the same reporter), and sadly as the leaders article shows, my concern made sense.




The RTA spokes person says that a repeater (school zone) sign was installed at Edgebaston St.

That same sign (above) is the one that I wrote to the roads minister about on 3/9/07 and suggested to him that this sign, needed flashing lights.

Any long school zones should have repeater lights if there are side streets coming into the zone.

How many other drivers have been caught out at this school zone and are about to loose their licence?
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Dear sir,
I question the need at all, for there to be a school zone along the whole length of the shopping strip at King Georges Rd Beverly hills.
("No warning on school zone"Leader 6/9/07)
With a fence and planter boxes, this area is virtually a divided road and with an over bridge, and traffic lights along it's length, there are ample places for pedestrians to cross safely.
Granted there is a school at both ends of the school zone, but why not have a zone at the school, not a single one over a kilometer long.

Last Monday 3rd Sept. in the morning school zone time, I counted the South speed camera light flash 34 times in one hour, as cars went past allegedly exceeding the 40 kmh limit.
Why would drivers do this, unless they were unaware that they were still in a school zone, yet nowhere near a school.


The RTA have put up a small "repeater " school zone sign at Egdbaston st, but it needs to be one with flashing lights.
On Tues 4 th Sept, I e-mailed Mr Roozendaal the roads minister requesting that this be done, I have not as yet, had any response.

Hans Stephens
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adding as a postscript to the e-mail
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I would love to have response by people who have been booked, and maybe help with getting the tickets looked at.
Can my web site name www.schoolzonesanta.com be added to my letter?
Regards Hans
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I emailed the Roads Minister Mr Eric Roozendaal, as one phone call from him would get action that was needed, after all he was the Transport Minister and in charge.

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To: enquiries.roads@roozendaal.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 8:58 PM
Subject: school zone

Dear Minister,
I would like to bring to your attention a situation at a school zone on King Georges rd. Beverly hills.
There are flashing lights at this zone and now also a new set of speed cameras, but a lot of drivers don't realize that the whole shopping strip is a school zone.
Because it's such a long zone, (.9 klm) can a second warning light unit be added to the school zone sign that's half way, heading South towards Hurstville, similar to the one already on the other side of the road.

Without going on in detail here, my concern about this school zone is explained, with photos, on my web site www.schoolzonesanta.com

Thank you for your time

Regards Hans Stephens

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No reply, so I rang, and was told that I hadn't added an address
So I wrote again with full address and phone number.

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To: Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 7:47 AM
Subject: Re: school zone

Dear sir.
As the situation at the Beverly Hills school zone is only getting worse could you please have a look at the last couple of pages on www.schoolzonesanta.com

Thank you
Hans Stephens

This is the page on the day I sent the E-mail.

What is needed at King Georges and Edgbaston Beverly Hills is get one of these flashing light units

and put it where this school zone sign is on the right

and I would say that would help with the school zone "speeding" for drivers heading south.

Drivers now just cruise down this divided road after traffic lights change at Morgan st forgetting all about the school zone.

JUST IMAGINE THE NUMBER OF DRIVER THAT WILL BE CAUGHT WHEN THEY TAKE AWAY THE LARGE TRAILER MOUNTED WARNING SIGNS

There need to be more 60 signs at Beverly Hills, especially one between Stoney Creek rd and the North bound camera.
It would be helpful for drivers and road safety that "60 ahead" signs be installed on either end of the zone, because it's 70 along most of King Georges rd and if an extra set of flashing lights had been installed at Edgbaston steet, I don't think the RTA and ultimately, Mr Roozendaal would have this problem.

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No reply, so I tried again.

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To: enquiries.roads@roozendaal.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 1:01 PM
Subject: Re: school zone

Dear sir ,
I have written and phoned but have as yet not heard back from your office.
I once wrote to Mr Costa and received a reply 6 months later from Mr Tripodi.
If you would like an update on the Beverly Hills school zone perhaps you could have a look at last nights entry on my website.
Things are better for motorists at the moment
www.schoolzonesanta.com

Thank you for your time.
Regards Hans Stephens
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I sent two more emails and didn't get a reply untill the day after I emailed the Daily Telegraph and this was in that morning's (Nov 8)letter's page.

The reply said they'd "look into it," and nothing has changed at Beverly Hills


I tried other ways of getting publicity

I helped the children by slowing down traffic.

These reliable cheap flashing lights that were installed by Mr Peter Olsen at 4 schools, lights that are cheap in price, (not quality and reliability.0

These flashing lights would be a boon for drivers and children's safety at school zones.

But as it's not made by a preferred (read expensive) contractor, will the RTA ever use them?

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I have emailed the next new Transport Minister

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Original Message -----
From: Minister Daley's Office
From: stephens1510 [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Posted At: Friday, 21 November 2008 10:48 AM
Posted To: DA_Office_Email
Conversation: Beverly Hiills School zone.
Subject: Beverly Hiills School zone.

Dear Minister,

In July last year the RTA installed variable speed cameras at a school zone on King Georges rd Beverly Hills.

Even before the cameras were switched on I could see that because of the length of the school zone and many side streets entering it, that there would be carnage when they were activated, even though flashing lights are at both ends on King Georges Rd.

After an article in the local paper featuring a group of sad looking motorists holding up tickets I emailed the then roads minister Mr Roozendaal suggesting an extra set of flashing lights opposite Edgbason st to help South bound motorists (and make it safer for children, the whole idea for having school zones)

After 4 unanswered emails, I wrote to the Telegraph and then "coincidentally" an unhelpful reply came from Mr Roozendaal's office two days later.
30,000 infringements in the first three months would indicate that perhaps that more signage would be helpful.

To more easily illustrate the problem at Beverly Hills, I've brought forward the relevant page on my website

www.schoolzonesanta.com

Please have a look

We need road rule and to enforce them, but hammering average, unaware drivers is not the way to go.

More sixty signs and that extra flashing light unit at Beverly Hills, would go a long way in the public relations department.

Thank you for your time.
All the best in handling, what is a difficult portfolio.

Yours faithfully
Hans Stephens

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This has come back

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To: stephens1510
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:34 AM
Subject: RE: Beverly Hiills School zone.

Dear Mr Stephens,

Thank you for your email to the Hon Michael Daley MP, Minister for Roads.

The Minister has arranged for the matters raised to be examined and a response will be provided as soon as possible.

Office of the Minister for Roads

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As nothing futher came back, I handed the minister personaly a copy of the email and explained about the need for the extra flshing light set at Beverly hills and he said "I can't do any thing about that" and he was the minister. Dear me, who is the boss him or the RTA?

The link below is the offical RTA reply to the email I handed Mr Dally.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/01/11/rta_reply

I await a reply from Mr Boger's office

To be continued ................

SCHOOL ZONE SANTA .....A brief History
I started SZS in 2004 when it was clear that something was wrong at the school zone at Kogarah with it's two speed cameras, when 49,500 drivers were booked in one year, (2003/2004)and paid $6.5 million.

Flashing lights weren't an option it seems, even though those 49,500 speeding drivers were putting children's lives at risk.

When then Roads Minister Costa (after media pressure) said he'd "move the speed cameras" at Kogarah, I emailed him as said he would be blamed for moving them, if a child was then run down, and that he could install ten cameras at Kogarah, but to also put flashing lights there too.


(A form reply came six months later from the office of the next road minister Mr Tripodi.)
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So school zone santa has be going since and as my effort in the 2007 State election and in other categories shows, I can be quite pesistant.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/03/16/sample_more_to_come
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Kogarah School Zone ..... day one

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2004/12/23/hello_fellow_motorists

I was at Kogarah all Febuary 2005 in my santa suit and with my sign and every morning and afternoon I helped slow the drivers, as can been seen in the web site archives on the right

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Fudgy Figures

July 16th, 2010
After seeing Treasurer Swan he didn't know when it was polling day as if Ms Gillard wouldn't discuss the date with him I sent this into the Daily Telegraph and was printed today

This line was not printed

"because unless Ms Gillard doesn't consult and seek council from her vice captain, just his denial that he wouldn't know (when she knows) when it's polling day, shows he is a barefaced liar,"

State's revolving door

June 7th, 2010
I sent this letter in last September after a promise by the new NSW Premier he made after he had just finished a cabinet reshuffle.


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After a congo line of new MP's coming and going ever since that promise, I sent this letter in yesterday

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UPDATE:

I haven't as yet recieved an acknowledgement to this email to the oppostion leader:

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: barry.ofarrell@nsw.liberal.org.au
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2010 9:16 PM
Subject: Cycle ways

Dear Mr O'farrell,
There has been a lot of angst caused by the Sydney City Council's idea that roads need to be dug up to provide dedicated bike paths for the small number of people who prefer to cycle, thus causing even more traffic headaches for motorists.
The Premier seems to be in favour of this plan, and has be seen on her pushbike although still spending a reported $100,000 on car parking in the city.
What is your opinion on the way Mayor Clover Moore is implementing this plan which is opposed by the majority, even by cyclists because of safety concerns by the way sections are designed and constructed?
Thanks for your time
Yours faithfully
Hans Stephens
Kirrawee
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Barry was answering questions on the Chris Smith show today, I thought of ringing and asking about the cycleways, but will wait for an email.

Peter Garrett avoided questions about the pink batts untill it was too late.
Julia Gillard said there is no rorting of the BER, everything is going fine, and this denial will hurt her badly

THE CYCLEWAYS ARE STUFFING UP THE ROADS AND FUNNY ENOUGH QUITE A FEW DRIVERS BEING STUFFED AROUND...... VOTE

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UPDATE: 8 June

I sent this email in last night:

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From: stephens1510
To: barry.ofarrell@nsw.liberal.org.au
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 9:32 PM
Subject: Fw: Cycle ways and RailCorp security

Dear Mr O'farrell,
I repeat the email below I sent earlier, having recieved no reply as yet.
Today I heard you speaking about security at railway stations.
RailCorp does use CCTV cameras, as can been seen at the staff carpark at the Cronulla Railway Station. 12 cameras for a 30 space car park that's behind a high steel security fence, and there are never more than 8 cars in there.
On mywebsite www.schoolzonesanta.com under the category "RailCorp waste" you can see photos of the cameras, and my highlighting of this waste of resorces, and will continue to untill most of the cameras are removed

All the best in the first of the by-elections.

Yours Faithfully
Hans Stephens

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And this morning came back:

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----- Original Message -----
From: LOP@parliament.nsw.gov.au
To: stephens1510
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: Cycle ways and RailCorp security

Thanks Hans for your email and the NSW Liberals & Nationals announcement of the $40 million Park and Travel Safety Fund to improve commuter safety in and around train stations at crime hot spots across the CityRail network.

This will include improvements to platforms, stations, trains and car parks through additional CCTV cameras, improved lighting and reliable help points.

Let me know what you think.

I have enclosed the media release on the announcement for your information. I will also have a look at your website.

In relation to cycleways, I have noted your concerns.

Thanks again for taking the time to write to me.

Barry
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Barry O'Farrell MP
NSW Leader of the Opposition
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Supercheap Auto's graffiti toys for the boys.

May 15th, 2010

There are great efforts made to combat graffiti vandalism by Councils and the State Government.

http://www.graffiti.nsw.gov.au/

SuperCheap Auto aren't doing much to help.

http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/catalogue-au.aspx

During on a motoring TV show on Foxtel tonight has SuperCheap advertising "Toys for the boys" and of the two items shown one was "4 cans spray paint for $9"

Twelve pages of "specials" and they have to pick out this product to highlight, one that causes untold millions of dollars in damage.

Well done SuperCheap Auto, a true corporate citizen.

How to email politicians

May 1st, 2010

If you need help from an elected leader all you need to do is email them ...right?

Well the chances are that your email won't be acknowledged, let alone answered.

I tried to get an opinion from Federal Politicians as can be seen on

www.protectkids.com.au

with meager response, but the 4th email using a different topic, hit paydirt.

I rang 2GB's Alan Jones on Friday morning after he had two people on who had emails also not answered, and he was taken by the tactic I used to get a reply.
I made sure that the Protect kids website got out to his audience and the website ran out of bandwidth due to people logging on.

I'll ring again to thank him for the chance I had to get the message out there.

Politicial priority

April 10th, 2010

Sunday Telegraph 6 April 2010

The only thing they left out was my other website www.protectkids.com.au

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Double demerit misery

April 1st, 2010
I went to the Beverly Hills school zone this morning which is
start of the Easter break double demerits for certain traffic offences.

Between 8.00am and 9.30 am I counted the speed camera flash (South bound) go off 9 times.

8.10..... lane 3
8.25 .... lane 3
8.47..... lane3
9.12..... lane 3
9.12 .....middle lane
9.15..... lane 1
9.15 .....lane 3
9.17...... middle lane (came in from lane 3)

Times maybe a bit out, because I was focused on cars "speeding" and then watching for the flash.

So these poor speeding drivers are up for 8 points.

An April fool's joke?

I say poor, because looking at their faces as they pass by I can see they have no idea that they are in a school zone, let alone that they could now very well loose their license.

I email Mr Roozendaal 4 times to put flashing lights opposite Edgbaston st. see Beverly hills category.

I emailed the now Police Minister (then Roads Minister) Micheal Daly for the extra flashing light set, no reply, so I handed him a copy of the same email, he read it and said "I can't do anything about that" and HE IS (was at the time) THE ROADS MINISTER !!!
Who's the boss?

Cars coming down King Georges rd stop at the Morgan st lights and when the lights change it's easy to forget it's a school zone when there are 3 empty lanes of divided rd stretch into the distance.

(sorry about the photo quality I uploaded this in a hurry)


Morgan St lights

Put flashing lights on the centre sign and all the drivers waiting at those lights will see it and it's safer for the children and fairer for the drivers.


Centre sign that needs lights

If drivers miss this sign don't realise it's a school zone it's a highway to hell before them

The speed camera is behind a post near the bus.

Take the light set from Blakehurst (fig 3) which flashes at UFOs at the moment or the one flashing the Chinese Restaurant , (because of the bend in the highway) because it's useless where it is.

This next photo is taken from the steps of the restaurant.


I'll email the latest road's minister Mr David Campbell about this again.

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I rang 2GB's drive time this afternoon, but I'm not much good getting my point across but if anyone did click on when I mentioned this website Hullo.

Maybe I need to get acting lessons.
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Priority?

March 17th, 2010

"Last Thursday a 22-year-old woman was attacked just two minutes from Waverley police station.
Police arrived almost an hour later. They told her her case had been given the wrong response category."

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/triple-0-go-slow-delays-mean-crime-time-in-sydney/story-e6freuy9-1225841558861

And an other example:

"A FAMILY with two young children spent two hours waiting for police by the side of the road after apprehending a boy who hurled a rock through the windscreen of their car, only to be told officers were too busy to respond. "

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/familys-wasted-wait-for-justice/story-e6freuy9-1225842084888

Where were the Police?

Well this morning there were two gainfully employed at the Kogarah Regent st. cab rank checking out the Taxis.

The driver of one taxi in pristine condition, with sunroof and shiny paintwork, a beautiful vehicle, not at all like the managed cabs I drove for ten years, was polite and courteous during all the seat-belt tugging, boot, interior and under bonnet inspection.

After thoroughly going over her Taxi and talking to the driver when he was finished, the driver obviously annoyed, slammed shut the two passenger doors and bonnet and hopped into her car.

The driver told me she had been booked for not ticking a couple of boxes on the back of her day sheet.

If she had forgotten to tick a box or two (which she told me wasn't necessary anyway) wouldn't a polite reminder have been sufficient?

It's hard enough to make a living driving a cab, without this sort of petty nonsense.

We need the Police to enforce regulations, but sometimes a gentle warning would be sufficient.

An "official police warning" is all the go for young graffiti vandals.

One example;

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/graffiti-teen-arrested/1660635.aspx

9 young graffiti vandals have been caught in the Sutherland Shire recently and all were given Police cautions and sent home.

Not too well it appears...(see last blog)

March 12th, 2010
Today in The Daily Telegraph was the answer to my question of 3 days ago

SNAP SURVEY - THERE'S WASTE AND RIP-OFFS IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS.

"MORE than half of the state's schools are unhappy with their new halls, libraries or classrooms built under the Federal Government's $14 billion education revolution.
Concerns include inferior work, waste and worries schools were being ripped off."

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/snap-survey-theres-waste-and-rip-offs-in-school-buildings/story-e6freuy9-1225839770618

I sent in this letter to The Daily Telegraph
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Dear sir,
I feel another roof insulation type scandal coming on, this time over over the school building program.(Waste and rip-offs in school buildings Fri 12) This whole thing about Mr Rudd handing out all this loot, it's easy spending someone elses money..
Call me suspicious but why is there along with the usual hard hat, safety glasses, no smoking, and safety boots signs on the fence around a Croydon st Hurstville school building site also a NO CAMERA sign.
I myself am proud of the work I do, and wouldn't mind anyone taking photos.
Regards
Hans Stephens

My letter wasn't printed.


How's the school hall building plan going?

March 9th, 2010
Will it be the next roof insulation type headache for the Government?

"BUREAUCRATS have told a public school that it cannot build a hall for 320 students within a $2.5 million budget, even though a nearby Catholic school built one to fit up to 1000 students for less than half the price.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/department-inflating-price-of-school-hall-say-parents-20091229-lirb.html

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School billions miss their target in rush to spend Rudd stimulus money

http://www.watoday.com.au/national/education/school-billions-miss-their-target-in-rush-to-spend-rudd-stimulus-money-20100214-nzkp.html
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New school hall won't seat all students

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/new-school-hall-wont-seat-all-students/1687132.aspx?page=2
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Call me suspicious but why is there along with the usual hard hat, safety glasses, no smoking, and safety boots signs on the fence around a Croydon st Hurstville school building site is there also a NO CAMERA sign.
I myself am proud of the work I do, and wouldn't mind anyone taking photos.

Beef Import Risk Analysis

March 8th, 2010

I came in towards the end of an interview on radio by Alan Jones and Simon Crean Minister for Trade, and when I heard a "risk analysis" was done on beef imports my pupils dilated and I sent into The Daily Telegraph this email.

Alan Jones read out my letter ( a bonus) but said a part of the letter was wrong.

Mr Crean said towards the end of the interview,

"The independent risk analysis will not tell us any more than we already know"

http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_podcasting&task=playaudio&id=2&f=10&Itemid=41

I had missed the part where the minister was asked he hadn't had a risk analysis done?

Surprise surprise

February 28th, 2010

Back in 2005 I posted this page on 16/1/2007 about the stupid placement of school zone signs.

SEE:

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/01/16/where_s_common_sense

This is a photo of one clever example on the corner of King Georges rd and Moorfields ave. Kingsgrove.

January 07

January 2010

Spot the difference in visiability when the school zone sign is moved a bit further down the road.

Give the monkey a peanut.

Roof insulation, it's going well

February 25th, 2010

Waratah st Kirrawee shop mural

February 23rd, 2010

This mural was painted on the shop wall last year and I commented about it on the "Graffiti" category.

Today I received an email from one of the "crew" who painted it.

He/she (the email was anonymous) said it took 8 hours to complete and they paid for the paint themselves.

Their creative work on this wall has since been graffiti ed and no doubt the "crew" must feel a bit like the residents in the same street who have had their property vandalised in the last week

This fence is on Waratah near the Railway

This clever work is the 4th effort this year on this fence at Waratah and Oak Rd.
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New plan to tackle the shire's graffiti scourge

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/new-plan-to-tackle-the-shires-graffiti-scourge/1758773.aspx

"includes the ability for offenders to voluntarily take part",

The "voluntarily" part is a worry.

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In the latest Supercheap catalogue.

I wonder how many of these distinctive cans are found at the scene of vandalised walls?

Garrett pulls plug on insulation scheme,

February 20th, 2010


The ceiling has fallen in on Minister Garrett's insulation scheme.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/insulation-scams-hit-160000/story-e6frgczf-1225832389556

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/garrett-pulls-plug-on-insulation-scheme-launches-energy-bonus-scheme/story-e6freuyi-1225832216267

As I said in my letter to the the Telegraph (further down page)
roof insulation has merit, but people will take advantage of a way to make easy money.

So the con artists and crooks flocked in and have ruined it for all

If the guidelines were followed correctly as set out in this speech....

http://www.petergarrett.com.au/737.aspx

Crooks and con men don't follow guidelines.

There should have be action taken when stories of rorting surfaced on talk-back radio, but no that would be admitting a problem

What a waste of time and money.

February 18th, 2010

The insulation nonsense continues.

More and mores stories of shoddy dealings with installers.

The whole scheme is on borrowed time.

There will be many firms stuck with unusable insulation.

It happened to garden sprinkler businesses

A customer of mine in Woolaware had batts installed.

It made no difference to temperature in the house.

Down-lights began malfunctioning

They insulation installer came back, and an electrician (the customer called) said the lights were now clear, but the lights still to go off and on.
The downlight transformers must have overheated initially and been damaged.

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Alex a carpet cleaner friend had his house done , he had to call installers back after they had "forgotten" to do an area.

Once again no obvious difference in temperature in house

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USELESS INSULATION 'IN 30-40pc OF HOMES' SENATE INQUIRY HEARS....

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/useless-insulation-in-30-40pc-of-homes-senate-inquiry-hears/story-e6frgczf-1225831373867

FREE ROOF INSULATION

February 6th, 2010

Insulation installers are coming out of the woodwork (from lawn mowing contractors to men from hire a hubby, cashing in on a Federal Government "green" initiative worth $2.7 billion to put pink batts in the roof of Australian homes.

But along with good tradesmen, come the shonks and rip off merchants.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw-act/insulation-batts-blamed-for-several-fires-across-nsw/story-e6freuzi-1225777204878

Crooks and spives aplenty.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/companies-are-rorting-the-federal-governments-insulation-scheme/story-e6frf7kx-1225824846920

Last year 100 was the figure given of deregistered companies given that were deregistered.

were any monies returned by rorting companies?

The promised threat of "naming and shaming" of companies has resulted in this meager list.

http://www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency/insulation/homeowners/pubs/deregistered-installers.pdf

Imagine if there was a list of all 100 companies in the paper and homeowners that dealt with theis lot all checked their roof space and demanded the work to redone.

After an article with a simiar theme was in yesterday's Daily Telegraph

I sent an email to the letter's page which was printed this morning

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9/2/10

Metal insulation banned

THERE are fears thousands of households may have been fitted with potentially deadly roof insulation under a federal government scheme.
Environment Minister Peter Garrett banned the use of metal foil insulation in the $3.7 billion rebate scheme, citing safety reasons.

Four workers have died installing the insulation, three of them being electrocuted.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/metal-insulation-banned-amid-deaths/story-e6freuyi-1225828459921

TOWER OF HOPE

February 4th, 2010

I went to the Tower of hope rally at Parliament House Canberra Feb 2.

A great turnout of people who support the stand that Peter Spencer had made for unfair treatment by Governments.

Farmers from around the country marched to Parliament House to protest.

http://www.gleninnesexaminer.com.au/news/local/news/general/local-farmers-join-in-canberra-protest-rally/1742252.aspx

A video of the rally

http://agmates.ning.com/video/tower-of-hope-rally-farmers

Alan Jones speaks at the rally

http://agmates.ning.com/video/alan-jones-farmers-protest-at

JAIL FOR 10 YEAR OLDS

January 27th, 2010

New graffitti laws call for 10 year olds to be jailed for graffitti vandalism.

http://www.graffiti.nsw.gov.au/

This scarey thought doesn't seem to deter morons in Kirrawee.
Three different nights in the last three weeks. Corner Waratah and Oak
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First night the yellow, then the blue and a couple of nights ago, the pink.

Ban longer lasting sex

January 26th, 2010

BAN LONG SEX NO, BUT DO WE NEED ADULT RADIO ADS DURING THE DAY.

EVERYDAY WE ARE AND OUR YOUNG CHILDREN ARE AFFLICTED WITH ADULT SEX AID RADIO ADS.

SIMILAR TV ADS HAVE TO BE ON AFTER 8.30 PM WHY NOT RADIO?

OUR POLITICIANS DON'T SEEM TO CARE.

DOES YOUR LOCAL FEDERAL MINISTER?

ALL IS REVEALED ON

www.protectkids.com.au

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Overlooking the Federal Highway near Canberra is this sign, telling all who pass and are making love that by ringing AMI they can do it longer.

But keep your eyes on the road while you're doing it.

Peter Spencer ends hunger strike on day 52

January 13th, 2010

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Peter Spencer has ended his hunger strike he started to highlight the Kyoto land use stealing by the Government.

The ABC has mentioned this fact on their website and 7.00 pm News Broadcast

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/13/2791513.htm

Now let's hope that other farmers affected by the same regulations get behind Peter when Parliament Commences on Feb 2.
Thousands or city folk and hundreds of farmers on their tractors might send a message that enough is enough

Radio 2GB brought the good news this morning, and SKYNEWS also high lighted Peters coming down from his perch
Both the Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald didn't think it was a story on their websites.

Plenty of space always for spaced out "celebrities." though.

Peter Spencer Day 50

January 10th, 2010

There is to be a concerted effort tomorrow on the 50th day of farmer Peter Spencer's hunger strike to get his desperate plight the attention it's needed all along.
Radio 2GB is going to have a Peter Spencer day and with a bit of listener effort the rest of the media should get on board.

I emailed the letter's page last week but this letter didn't make the cut, nor any other Peter Spencer letter that day and no mention anwhere in that day's edition of Peter and his hunger strike.

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 7:45 AM
Subject: Peter spencer and the good Samaritan Mr Rudd

Hi,
Peter Spencer is now in the 46th day of his hunger strike. ("Dying for the land" DT Jan 7)
Mr Rudd through his office told him to come down from his tower, and take your case to court.
He's tried going to court, and taxpayer funded lawyers (at what cost?) have stymied 200 or so attempts to get the case heard.
As Mr Rudd is on holiday, no doubt worn out from his saving the world in Copenhagen, perhaps deputy PM Ms Gillard who is mostly in charge anyway, can have a chat to Peter, seeing Kevin who once lived on a farm, won't come down from his ivory tower and show some compassion.
Even perhaps he or she going unannounced and assuring Peter that his case will get a fair hearing, all that he has ever wanted
It appears that Mr Rudd has an interest in books, maybe next Sunday before he comes out of church for his usual photo opportunity, he picks up a Bible and reads the chapter on the good Samaritan.
This is a parable about so called leaders in the community, looking the other way and ignoring the plight of a man who was beaten and robbed.
If only Peter was gay, a refugee, from a religious minority, or an actress who's just had a baby..........

Regards
Hans Stephens
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I sent this email this morning after recieving another email from the the person pictured below

(well from his office anyway)

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:48 AM
Subject: When is spam spam

Dear sir,
A real estate company is in trouble for allegedly sending out spam emails ( "Slammed over spam" DT 9 Jan)
I emailed the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott about the ongoing hunger strike by farmer Peter Spencer.
No reply mentioning my concerns about Peter, but since then in my inbox along with the Viagra ads, I have had 3 other emails from Mr Abbott's office.
The first was list of how I could apply for grants, but not being indigenous that disqualified me from most of the list, the second email was a "Tony Abbott's Blog Report" and the third said that Tony had been on the "7.30 REPORT"
I suggest the Tony's staff actually read emails, and not just push the reply button after inserting unsolicited content.
Incidentally I'm still waiting any sort of reply from my 3 emails to Tony in 2008, about my concerns about the AMI sex aid ads on daytime radio.
I wasn't complaining about a pothole in the road, I just think that adult ads should be on radio at adult times.
By the way I usually vote Liberal.

Regards
Hans Stephens

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This great article from the Sydney Morning Herald helps explain Peter Spencer's case

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/lost-property-home-in-deed-but-not-in-fact-20100109-lzs0.html

Day 45

January 6th, 2010

Hunger strike DAY 43

January 4th, 2010

Peter Spencer supporters are off to Canberra to protest, not being able to go I did park a sign on the Princes Highway at Sylvania to at least make Sydney bound drivers think and hopefully read up on Peter's case.

Not much sympathy for Peter Spencer at Sylvania

"Move your sign and shit, the Police have been called"

next link explains what happened this morning after I put up my signs

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2005/08/18/g_p_s_1

And to a power pole a bit further down the road

A bit further

and a last one, a little bit of an irreverent one

I was told by someone from a nearby business to "get your sign and your shit out of here."

I didn't

Here I am in a public parking bay that I've used before to attract attention, see

see http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/03/16/sample_more_to_come

and all I'm trying to do is help a bloke in trouble by displaying a sign,

BOY IF I HAD THE TIME AND MONEY AND MY LIFE PARTNER SHARED MY ENTHUSIASM I'D HELP TO MAKE SURE THAT PETER SPENCER'S NAME WON'T GO AWAY AS MR RUDD AND MR ABBOTT HOPES IT WILL

Though my wife has every reason to be wary of my way of helping people... see

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/12/22/santa_surgery

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All about Peter Spencer's journey, and much much more, see a great website

http://agmates.ning.com/

To be continued....

Hunger Strike Peter Spencer

January 2nd, 2010

Peter Spencer's hunger strike

Day 42

Why Aussi farmer Peter Spencer is desperate enough to go on a hunger strike on a platform up a tower.

Listen to this interview recorded on 2SM Sat 2/01/09,
and we live in a Democracy?

http://api.ning.com/files/w0DCA90ePw8BDnP2ImdgBREMn1nuds-YLgorzPt1dWXWR5EC4Dev1gDwsLkhUqUWOuImhG6omvcNYVBLkQViZDwlhbrV910c/2sm020110Peter.mp3

Background Information:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Opinion/Farmers-are-pushed-beyond-limit/2005/06/17/1118869093828.html

The Daily Telegraph has a spread in today's paper

'Kevin, you're dreamin', says Peter Spencer

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/kevin-youre-dreamin-says-peter-spencer/story-e6freuy9-1225815343320

Last week a Daily Telegraph editorial said the Peter Spencer couldn't hold the Prime Minister to ransom.

Why not? it works with illegal queue jumping boat people who refused get get off the Australian ship that rescued them

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/rapid-settlement-for-oceanic-viking-refugees/story-e6frg6nf-1225795930168

Oh that's right, those people were ship hijacking "refugees," Peter Spencer is just an Aussi farmer wanting a fair go.

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More background information and explanation on Peter's plight

http://larvatusprodeo.net/2009/12/23/tower-of-hope-or-vale-of-tears/
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and a Fox news article: "Dying for a chat with Kevin Rudd."

http://www.news.com.au/national/dying-for-a-chat-with-kevin-rudd/story-e6frfkw9-1225814293079
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I have emailed the Prime Minister, I'll post it and any reply if I get acknowledged.

One of Peter's many supporters on radio

http://agmates.ning.com/group/peterspencerhungerstrike/forum/topics/jeannette-on-the-radio

Carbon sink

December 26th, 2009

A Shannons Flat farmer Peter Spencer on a property near Cooma NSW, is on a hunger strike because of laws that prevent him clearing and using his land.
HIS land!!!
Now because of a signature (not his) on a bit of paper, his land is now deemed a "carbon soak" and he can't manage HIS farm effectively and profitability.

Peter looking rather disheveled after now spending 34 days up a communications mast on a hunger strike to try and get fair treatment from the Government.

Why Peter is desperate:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Opinion/Farmers-are-pushed-beyond-limit/2005/06/17/1118869093828.html

Now you'd think that a farmer desperate enough to resort to a hunger strike would get attention from media, but no, apart from 2GB radio the other media has paid little attention

Alan Jones 2GB interview

http://agmates.ning.com/group/peterspencerhungerstrike/forum/topics/alan-jones-2gb-update-2nd

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A boat load of "refugees" are rescued in Indonesian waters, then these grateful queue jumpers REFUSED to get off the ship in an Indonesian port, so Mr Rudd's "Tough but humane" policy on illegal asylum seekers kicked in, and all were fast tracked into Australia and other countries.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/rapid-settlement-for-oceanic-viking-refugees/story-e6frg6nf-1225795930168
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My idea how to disembark these ship hijackers in Indonesia.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/11/11/how_to_get_refugees_off_the_oceanic_viki

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I made up a sign and went to our Prime Minister's house

I drove onto the driveway so the photo could be taken, and very quickly it was intimated to me by a Federal Policeman from the other side of the gate that parking there wasn't a good idea.

I've just sent this email to 2GB's news room asking for help

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Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: newsroom@2gb.com
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2009 8:19 AM
Subject: Help Peter Spencer

Hi,
Farmer Peter Spencer Near Cooma has be on a hunger strike up a tower for 35 days now.
Mr Alan Jones had him on air early December. Apart from 2GB the other media have practically ignored his plight and cause.( If he dies he might get a mention by the others)
They're trying to organize a demonstration at Kirrabilli house tomorrow, but as usual numbers are a problem, every one agrees but leave the work to others.
Alan coming from the land understands the unfairness of the situation with new laws about farmers land use.
Could 2GB help? Please ring me, Hans Stephens on 0403022559
I'm not a farmer, I'm a concerned citizen from Kirrawee, I'm just trying to help.
I took a big sign on my work van down to Kirrabilli house yesterday (and told to get off the drive) see it on main page www.schoolzonesanta.com
Regards
Hans Stephens,
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I wish Alan wasn't on holiday I'm sure he'd get on board.

Update: Sun 9.30 am no call from 2GB

I've just rung the call back line again but they "can't" put me through to the newsroom.
I tried to convey that it was inportant that PETER gets more publicity, even my having to ring 2UE.

She said she'd pass it on.

Good luck Peter.

I've tried.

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Update Sun 10am

I've had a call from 2GB's newsroom and I passed on the number of the demo organiser Ian Hampton 0400528115 for all the details.

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I rang and emailed 2GB because I know that Alan Jones being "off the land" is sympathetic to the plight of farmers, as shown with his interview of Peter and would expect 2GB to give support to a peaceful demonstration.

The other media has shown little interest in Peter starving up on his perch, but imagine if Alan took time out from his holiday (if he's in the country)and showed up to speak for Peter Spencer's cause at the demo.

That would attract attention I'm sure.

If I had Alan Jones' phone number I'd ring him.
He could say sorry but I can't be there, but at least I could ask.

If 35 days up a pole without food doesn't get media attention, a handful of people chanting "when do we want it" won't work either.

TO be continued......

SUPERCHEAP AUTO XMAS STOCKING FILLER ????

December 23rd, 2009

Just dandy, it's school holidays with balmy nights and lots of bored kids..

To the rescue is Super cheap Auto with it's stock take "special gift lines," catalogue.

It's obviously a coincidence that from Boxing day till New Years eve, if one is over 18, you can stock up on handy paint spray cans.

5 cans for $10

As it was obviously a coincidence that during the TV broadcast of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 a "special" of 4 cans for $10 were highlighted throughout the race.

Who watches Bathurst and who does graffiti?

Bottom half of front page of latest catalogue.....

I know it's a legal product and you have to be over 18 to buy spray cans..

YOU HAVE TO BE OVER 18 TO BUY ALCOHOL, SO WHY WAS IT LAST WEEK DEEMED NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE HEAVY PENALTIES FOR SUPPLING GROG TO MINORS?

Good thing that older mates don't buy paint cans for their younger friends.

I've since removed the tinsel and added "Corporate responsibility?"

This sign was on the Princes Highway at Blakehurst to catch Southbound traffic for 4 days before someone removed it.

Instead of practically giving it away there should be a $5 "graffiti removal" levy on every can sold.

I emailed Barry O'farrell about graffiti earlier see "Graffiti" category for replies.

I have emailed the Sutherland Mayor I'm sure that she would also think that "giving" spray cans away is not showing corporate responsibility.
I'll wait for a reply and contact the papers and maybe get my van sign out (pictured below)

I'll think of something suitable

My seemingly irresponsible camera warning is explained in the "Beverly Hills" category.

For a couple of past messages see...

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2008/11/05/section_10_and_you_keep_your_points

Bad publicity gets attention.

I will email Bunnings and thank them that they don't see the need to bulk sell spray cans to earn a few extra dollars.