Saturday, 31 October 2015

Why #auspol let us down.

We have a system that only allows for one of two options forming government. Both of these choices are riddled with baggage.That's not to suggest the smaller boutique parties and even independent politicians don't have their own. Perhaps I'm an idealist. A government should be driven to create an environment for its citizens to thrive .In my opinion they should also be the safety net for those who fall.
Our government of the day appears to be choreographed by wealthy benefactors.This is reflected in policy funding and focus. The party is quite diverse which causes issues in itself . It isn't conducive to the rise of talent. Many MPs appear to have a role until they choose not to. Unfortunately not based on performance.
The alternative Labor is riddled by the same issues.The diversity of the unions and their varied agendas mean the party's agenda is often unclear. They are more humane than their counterparts. Talent again is an issue. They do tend to be seduced by the trappings of office at the front end.They also appear to have a job for life set up.
People on both sides of the equation with talent have to fight their way through the maze and then try to galvanise what they have around them. A lot of deal brokering and internal fighting follows.

This means that as a people even when we win we usually lose. The same uninspired faces end up in similar roles . We just revolve monotonously from one to the other waiting to be inspired by someone. It would be accidental to get inspiration from the comfort that currently exists.
                                                                     
I would love to see an MP crash through and expose the flaws. In parliament and when appropriate on its steps and in the media. If policy is not good. Thrash about make some noise, highlight it. If another MP misleads parliament, expose it. Table documents ask questions. Push their buttons. Make them answer. It just doesn't happen. That's at the heart of what's wrong. Apart from the neglect of the masses barring election campaigns.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

My take on Adam Goodes.

I've been going to AFL games since I was 7 years old I'm now 49 .When I was young I used to sleep with my footy. Adam Goodes the footballer rates in the best 20 players I've seen play the game. He was awarded the highest individual honour twice during his career.He played great games for the duration of his career.
Adam has done wonderful things for the indigenous community during his career often without attention. He has spoken out appropriately when he has had a forum to do so. I do know that he has always appeared to follow his heart which is an admirable trait. The later stages of his footy career were slightly more erratic than the early years. I can't say for sure but I imagine as the body slows and the mercurial abilities diminish it must be a source of some frustration.
Some of the footy incidents Adam was involved in were damaging to his image in the eyes of average
footy fans. Most were dealt with at the tribunal. The racial vilification on the boundary by a young girl,was in the end as damaging to Adam as it was the young girl. I don't know why Adam chose the girl to highlight this issue that had apparently been his reality over the course of his career. It was I imagine spontaneous. She had crossed the line and said things to Adam that nobody should have said to them.
I can't speak of the impact as I'm not an indigenous man. I have great empathy for their plight.The treatment since white settlement has been deplorable more often than not.
I have always thought that much of the Adam Goodes treatment isn't racially motivated which I know is controversial. I base this on the fact that often Adam plays alongside other indigenous players at most games both with and in opposition.
Adam is an activist advocate the other players are not. Sometimes activists push buttons to get reactions to highlight the cause. I always thought Adam was doing this from time to time. Not ever enough to disenfranchise the people the way they carry on today.
Perhaps there's a little bit of that horrible aussie trait "tall poppy syndrome" at play. I'm not sure but it's a damn shame that people are hounding the man post his football career. To be honest I don't agree with booing it happens at most games. I feel very sorry that a man who has done much much more positive than negative has been harassed in his final years on the field.
I don't know Adam personally. I hope he is able to use his profile for good post his AFL career. The indigenous community need real leaders. Adam has everything he needs to make a go of it should he choose. I hope he does.

Privatising aged care erodes humanity.

They wouldn't want me too. Selfless providers they were, are. They did everything for me. Fed me clothed me, drove me to sports events. They both actually caddied for me at PGA-sanctioned events. Dad did better than mum, but mum turned out to be far better at golf than dad. I could regale you with further stories from my childhood and formative years but I'll save that for another day.

The real point behind this blog is to let you know how I feel about aged care.Not just my parents. Most people, deserve no have earnt the right to expect they will be revered & learnt from. When I visit my father in the aged care facility and see the register. The no of entries versus the number of  residents it saddens me.
It's not always neglected. Sometimes they have nobody. I imagine many have family who works more than they should make ends meet. I imagine there are some that are estranged. I imagine there are many scenarios I haven't entertained.
I do know this. The Australia I want to be part of respects those that have come before us. I want our elders to be given respect. I'm happy for taxes to go in this direction. I'd rather fund aged care, than MP food accommodation & travel.
Elderly people are being herded into aged care prematurely. I read recently of someone in high care that was denied visitation from family due to concerns of liability. That is not the Australia I want. I get the litigious world we live in yet I think humanity must prevail. God help them if they stop me being with my mum or dad. They will need tasers.


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Casual use of casual employees.

Many businesses now are heavily utilising casual employees via labour hire. Increased flexibility the cry. This in the short term can be a win-win for both parties. Unfortunately in some cases, many I believe it is heavily weighted in favor of the employer. Originally casual labour was meant to be short term leading to the possibility of full-time employment. It is not being used in this way by many employers.
I have seen first-hand employers with casual employees that have been on the same treadmill for several years. No annual leave. The day's cut without notice. No sick leave. Bullied into working overtime when it suits the business requirements.Often not written into EBAs they also miss the incremental pay increases the Companies say they have made in good faith.
It's heavily weighted in favor of the business. It eventually gets to a point where it is detrimental to all involved. People get burnt out when treated this way by employers. It eventually leads to OHS concerns and performance issues.
Our MPs don't do enough to ensure these employment types are scrutinised.They really need to look at the human cost.                                  

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

#auspol the merry go round must end for MPs

I recently decided to have a go at federal politics as an independent candidate from Victoria I intend to run for the Senate. Apart from the areas I have previously listed as passions. My primary reason for running is concern. Concern for the type of people currently representing us. Concerns for integrity in politics. Concerns for the state of our independent authorities. I want to lift the standards of representation average people have. I want to restore their faith in our systems. I'd like to have truly independent authorities. Our system as is pretends they are yet most of the main players are all politically appointed. Which implies debt at the very least. I am not saying that all political appointees are corrupt or unfit for the roles they hold. I do think there is evidence to suggest relationships run deeper than the public would want or expect.
I think it is important that our MPs are required to meet higher standards than they currently do. I am shocked by the massive amounts of money MPs allowances and travel account for. It should be a priority to have this scrutinised and any inappropriate activities should be punished. We have MPs wining and dining ,investing allowances for personal gain. I find a lot of what is happening to be offensive and in many cases an abuse of trust.
Your taxes the gov't refers to as revenue, should be working for you. Of course MPs need to travel and will incur expenses. 2015/16 the #auspol MP allowances were in excess of 1/2 a billion $. Travelling business class, private jets ,choppers , luxury limousines & luxury gondolas. It's not fair to single out 1 MP or 1 party, it's endemic .There may be exceptions but not many looking at the numbers.
If I'm elected I promise I will be flying economy and there will be no ghost flights on my behalf.
                                                                   
“MEDIA RELEASE”
‘For Immediate Release 09/10/15’

“Help Me Help You. The Peoples’ Politician.”

In light of an unstable political landscape in Australia, it’s reassuring to know there’s an aspiring politician on the horizon, that hopes to one day give a voice to those who need to be heard.
His name is Mark Dickenson, a hard working father of three, that like many, is disillusioned by the state of play in Australian politics. His passion is to focus on real issues that affect Australians such as health & support services for the sick, disabled and domestic violence victims just to name a few.
Mr Dickenson is no stranger to adversity himself, having a son with Autism, a sister with Cystic Fibrosis and a father with mental illness and Dementia. These real life experiences have highlighted the need for better support services for minority groups. According to Mr Dickenson, “these groups are being left behind thanks to austerity and an inept government, and the reality that two women are dying in Australia each week as a consequence of domestic violence is unacceptable. It’s time for action, not just words”
The plan is for Mr Dickenson to run for a seat in the Senate at the next  federal election. In the meantime he’ll be spreading the word about what he stands for and expanding his already impressive reach via social media and other media platforms. In his words “winning a seat would be a real honour and privilege. People want a clear plan for the future ad most importantly want to see that plan in action”
“Ends”

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Federal Senate candidate Media release #auspol

“MEDIA RELEASE”
‘For Immediate Release 09/10/15’

“Help Me Help You. The Peoples’ Politician.”

In light of an unstable political landscape in Australia, it’s reassuring to know there’s an aspiring politician on the horizon, that hopes to one day give a voice to those who need to be heard.
His name is Mark Dickenson, a hard working father of three, that like many is disillusioned by the state of play in Australian politics. His passion is to focus on real issues that affect Australians such as health & support services for the sick, disabled and domestic violence victims just to name a few.
Mr Dickenson is no stranger to adversity himself, having a son with Autism, a sister with Cystic Fibrosis and a father with mental illness and Dementia. These real life experiences have highlighted the need for better support services for minority groups. According to Mr Dickenson, “these groups are being left behind thanks to austerity and an inept government, and the reality that two women are dying in Australia each week as a consequence of domestic violence is unacceptable. It’s time for action, not just words”


The plan is for Mr Dickenson to run for a seat in the Senate at the next  federal election. In the meantime, he’ll be spreading the word about what he stands for and expanding his already impressive reach via social media and other media platforms. In his words “winning a seat would be a real honour and privilege. People want a clear plan for the future and most importantly want to see that plan in action”