Tasmanian Politics & State Budget 2011

With the Tasmanian state budget being passed into the public arena this week there’s a lot of unhappy people as a result of spending cuts to essential services. The following links are sourced from http://www.budget.tas.gov.au/ (.pdf format)

So after some reading, I have calmed down from my initial reaction to the media reports of this budget. However this doesn’t mean that I agree with its content! I suppose its because I look at some items in the firing line from the perspective of one who has used services that will be directly affected. Also there is the opinion of many that everyone below government has to cut spending yet the politicians won’t be. My main concern is the cuts to health, the Royal Hobart Hospital is (and has been for many years) running on a budget that in its self has led to its run down condition (by previous governments) that comparing services available in Hobart to interstate hospitals simply make us look like a joke! Tasmanian Police are also in line to have jobs cut both as uniformed officers and public servants. Meanwhile state politicians continue to be driven in luxury chauffeur driven cars at tax payers expense. The Police “Cold Case” task force has been disbanded, this alone affects my family with an unsolved murder that will now, may not be resolved as a result. Meanwhile politicians will receive a 2% pay increase.

My major issue with government (all levels) is the total lack of accountability. Tasmania has had a rather turbulent political arena over the last few years with this started with the resignation of Jim Bacon. The Labor leadership was then handed to Paul Lennon, who in turn resigned in May 2008. Then David Bartlett became the next puppet politician/premier as a hung election in 2010 was decided by the Tasmanian Governor. David Bartlett in turn resigned in early 2011 to then hand over to Lara Giddings. Not to mention the cabinet reshuffles!

So the current situation has many ministers on the move it has left its self open to a total lack of accountability especially when large sums of money are involved. Sadly if we the public conducted ourselves in this manner then we would be in serious trouble!

There’s mush more I wanted to say here but after delaying for a few days I’ve realised that some of my thoughts were without substance.

Tasmanian Politics & State Budget 2011

With the Tasmanian state budget being passed into the public arena this week there’s a lot of unhappy people as a result of spending cuts to essential services. The following links are sourced from http://www.budget.tas.gov.au/ (.pdf format)

So after some reading, I have calmed down from my initial reaction to the media reports of this budget. However this doesn’t mean that I agree with its content! I suppose its because I look at some items in the firing line from the perspective of one who has used services that will be directly affected. Also there is the opinion of many that everyone below government has to cut spending yet the politicians won’t be. My main concern is the cuts to health, the Royal Hobart Hospital is (and has been for many years) running on a budget that in its self has led to its run down condition (by previous governments) that comparing services available in Hobart to interstate hospitals simply make us look like a joke! Tasmanian Police are also in line to have jobs cut both as uniformed officers and public servants. Meanwhile state politicians continue to be driven in luxury chauffeur driven cars at tax payers expense. The Police “Cold Case” task force has been disbanded, this alone affects my family with an unsolved murder that will now, may not be resolved as a result. Meanwhile politicians will receive a 2% pay increase.

My major issue with government (all levels) is the total lack of accountability. Tasmania has had a rather turbulent political arena over the last few years with this started with the resignation of Jim Bacon. The Labor leadership was then handed to Paul Lennon, who in turn resigned in May 2008. Then David Bartlett became the next puppet politician/premier as a hung election in 2010 was decided by the Tasmanian Governor. David Bartlett in turn resigned in early 2011 to then hand over to Lara Giddings. Not to mention the cabinet reshuffles!

So the current situation has many ministers on the move it has left its self open to a total lack of accountability especially when large sums of money are involved. Sadly if we the public conducted ourselves in this manner then we would be in serious trouble!

There’s mush more I wanted to say here but after delaying for a few days I’ve realised that some of my thoughts were without substance.

BlogGlue & WordPress

Until recently I was using the WordPress plugin called YARPP This is a simple add on (for WordPress) to link related blog posts from your blog, to the display them as links below the current viewed post so should anyone reading you blog be interested they can read similar topics that you have written. The developer of YARPP has partnered up with BlogGlue to offer an extended service of allowing both related posts from your blog and of that of others (that have signed up to BlogGlue) as well as syndicating with FacebookTwitter & LinkedIn (all are optional) I’d strongly suggest taking a look at the tour section on BlogGlue to get an exact idea of how this all fits together as I’m still getting my head around a few things that as yet I’ve not quite got working as I expected.

The main area where I’m struggling is with the SEO scoring and in particular the area where I’m clearly at a loss is with the field titled Description

meta description

Because unless I’m misunderstanding the meaning of “Description” there’s no such filed within WordPress! I’m assuming that the SEO checker is looking for meta flag of <description> (not even sure if that’s how it would be represented!)

So here’s the SEO checker (this can be used prior to posting)

So currently all my blog posts fail in this description filed, so they suffer from a poor rating 🙁  Anyway I’m now keen to get this resolved (yes read that as I’ll be reading all about SEO!) So should you (or if already) consider using this service and would like to have me as a referring partner then just either send me an email (details on my contact page) or use the connect function from within BlogGlue…

BlogGlue & WordPress

Until recently I was using the WordPress plugin called YARPP This is a simple add on (for WordPress) to link related blog posts from your blog, to the display them as links below the current viewed post so should anyone reading you blog be interested they can read similar topics that you have written. The developer of YARPP has partnered up with BlogGlue to offer an extended service of allowing both related posts from your blog and of that of others (that have signed up to BlogGlue) as well as syndicating with FacebookTwitter & LinkedIn (all are optional) I’d strongly suggest taking a look at the tour section on BlogGlue to get an exact idea of how this all fits together as I’m still getting my head around a few things that as yet I’ve not quite got working as I expected.

The main area where I’m struggling is with the SEO scoring and in particular the area where I’m clearly at a loss is with the field titled Description

meta description

Because unless I’m misunderstanding the meaning of “Description” there’s no such filed within WordPress! I’m assuming that the SEO checker is looking for meta flag of <description> (not even sure if that’s how it would be represented!)

So here’s the SEO checker (this can be used prior to posting)

So currently all my blog posts fail in this description filed, so they suffer from a poor rating 🙁  Anyway I’m now keen to get this resolved (yes read that as I’ll be reading all about SEO!) So should you (or if already) consider using this service and would like to have me as a referring partner then just either send me an email (details on my contact page) or use the connect function from within BlogGlue…

Greed and spineless regulator…

Well it’s now officially been passed by the government regulator for this to go ahead. Never has this regulator refused a request put before them, regulator or sock puppet?

POWER bills will rise by 11 per cent next month after the Tasmanian Economic Regulator yesterday signed off on a request from Aurora for the price jump.

Premier Lara Giddings acknowledged the rise would cause pain for many and she vowed to offer higher concessions in line with the price hike to the most disadvantaged Tasmanians.

She said she understood that many in the community would find the price rise a struggle and she would find money in the Budget for concessions.

“We will try to alleviate that struggle and pain for Tasmanians,” Ms Giddings said.

“I do understand that this is not a good day.”

The rise equates to a $28 increase a quarter for low-energy-use households, a $45 increase a quarter for medium users and a $70 a quarter increase for high energy users.

The 11 per cent rise is higher than the 8.5 per cent the Tasmanian Economic Regulator estimated when it made its prices forecast last year.

But regulator Glenn Appleyard said the extra 2.5 per cent reflected costs outside Aurora’s control.

Aurora has said the rise is needed to pay for investment in transmission and distribution systems and extra costs arising from the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target schemes.

Mr Appleyard said actual network charges accounted for about 2 per cent of the rise and the remainder was the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates.

The rise, which comes into effect on July 1 for households and businesses, was blasted by the Tasmanian Liberals.

Opposition energy spokesman Matthew Groom said power prices were spiralling out of control and the latest rise would “push many Tasmanians over the edge”.

“While the Green-Labor Government is sitting back doing nothing, the Tasmanian Liberals believe that the state needs competition in the energy sector to put downward pressure on power prices,” Mr Groom said.

Ms Giddings said the Government would come to the aid of Aurora’s 79,000 concession customers.

“What we are doing as a Government is trying to ensure we can support those people who are struggling to pay those bills,” Ms Giddings said.

Article sourced from The Mercury Hobart