Henry: "Dramatic action has been taken and is likely to be taken globally. And when added to the actions taken domestically, and which could mean still further actions, [it] gives one reason to be confident Australia can indeed avoid a negative quarter of growth. We can talk ourselves into worse outcomes, of course we can. People do. It wouldn't be the first time. But we don't have to."
That was the best news about our present difficulties I had seen in a long time. If Ken Henry thinks we can avoid recession, then we've got a pretty good chance.
But what can you do about turning around the pessimist spiral?
Kids just love playing with cardboard boxes and pretending.
For the past couple of years as my profile photograph in the top right hand corner of this blog I've used a pic of Edward sitting in a cardboard box. Drawn on the outside is a Big Red Car.
Nowadays Edward is quite interested in submarines, so I thought I would make one for him.
Here's how to make a cardboard submarine.
I used a large cardboard carton which enclosed a table we recently bought. I slit the carton along one length and folded it to create a flat base. I drew the rough outline of a cigar shaped submarine with conning tower on the parts of the cardboard sheet which would become the sides of the vessel. Then cut it out using a small pruning saw. This is the best tool for cutting through thick cardboard.
Then I folded the sides upwards and secured them with tape across the top and around the nose area. The back of the submarine was left open to give children easy access to the inside.
A piece of excess carboard was rolled up to make a tube about 10cm in diameter for the periscope. In turn, the periscope was also taped in place.
Finally came painting. As you can see, the classical cigar shape was emphasised with a black outline. The writing is in red colour because that's Ed's favourite colour. The green, red and yellow splotches are just to create some visual interest and break up the solid surface so it looks a bit less like a cardboard box from the outside.
The submarine was designated number B5 because it will be Ed's fifth birthday.
H.M.A.S. was used because Edward understands they are the prefixes for all Australian Navy ships and submarines.
And "Edward" - well all kids love seeing their names written on things.
As well as playing with boxes, kids also like making tunnels out of things, so by leaving the back of the submarine open and having the ceiling of the conning tower arching over the top a bit of a tunnel feel is created too.
A finishing touch is a tin foil cake pan at the top of the periscope to represent the lens.
Today on ABC radio's The World Today programme The Hon Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations; Minister for Education; Minister for Social Inclusion was interviewed as the Minister responsible for childcare centres with the education portfolio.
"Can I say to those anxious mums and dads two things, firstly my department is in urgent discussions with the administrator so we can get the full information here for people," she said.
"Secondly, no childcare centre in this country can close without giving 30 days notice."
Let's just review Ms. Gillard's ludicrous statement again:
"... no childcare centre in this country can close without giving 30 days notice."
Oh, really Ms. Gillard?
So, a childcare centre run by a public company whose shares ahve been suspended from trading, whose board of directors have appointed an adminsitrator and is in such dire financial straits that it has been losing $400,000 per month won't close it's doors beause it has not given 30 days notice to the governement and parents.
Do you really believe that rubbish which came out of your mouth Ms. Gillard?
I was just listening to Richard Glover's radio programme and apparently in honour of Remembrance Day yesterday he featured the reading of a letter from a World War One serviceman James "Jim" Downey which has only recently been opened.
The man's family could not stand to open the letter until now because he died Palestine one week after writing the letter. The letter was dated 23/4/1918.
So, he may have been serving with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
ADDED 14 Nov 2008:
The moderator of comments on Richard Glover's website has seen fit to permit three comments, although not mine as shown above - perhaps believing I'm some kind of crank. So I've left another comment today (awaiting moderation) giving what I believe to the the correct identity of the late Jim Downie.
It's probably the best and most gracious concession speech I've ever heard. He also elequently sums up the historical significance of Obama's victory better than anything else I've read or heard in the past 24 hours.
McCain's speech writing team did a great job, and he proved himself a big man by delivering it.
Text of the speech can be found at the transcript here, here, here, and here. I'm giving you four options here, because those links seem perishable to me.
Two days ago, the Ministerial Support and Public Affairs section of the Department of Defence issued this media release ( my commentary follows):
UNKNOWN SAILOR TO BE RE-INTERRED WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS
The reburial of the remains of the likely HMAS SydneyII sailor will occur on 19 November in Geraldton.
Although the remains have not as yet been identified, they are believed to be those of a crew member of HMAS Sydney II, which was sunk off the West Australian Coast on 19 November 1941 following enemy action.All 645 crew from HMAS Sydney perished. The sailor's remains were exhumed from Christmas Island in October 2006.
However while an official re-interment and memorial is being conducted, the case is by no means closed.
Since 2006, the Royal Australian Navy has overseen a painstakingly thorough and methodical forensic and historical investigation in an attempt to identify the remains.
While the unknown sailor has not been identified, the Royal Australian Navy will be holding a DNA sample so that if any further information comes to light, comparing with relatives can still occur. In the meantime, it is important that he is given the dignified reburial that he deserves.
Due to the capacity of Geraldton War Cemetery, the re-interment will be a very small, intimate affair. However, Sydney II family members and the general public are invited to attend a larger memorial service at Queens Park.The reinterment at the Cemetery will be broadcast live back to the Queens Park venue.
While the investigation of the sailor’s identity will cease this month, family of HMAS SydneyII crew members who wish to be considered for DNA testing and comparison against the remains are asked to make contact with the Christmas Island Investigation Team by letter to: Director of Navy Ministerials & Coordination, Department of Defence, R1-4-C070, Russell Offices, Canberra, ACT, 2600.
" ... the investigation of the sailor's identity will cease this month, ..."
The RAN's efforts to identify the remains have relied upon a combination of forensic examination of remains, relics found in the grave, and DNA testing of what they believe to be likely surviving relatives. As I've pointed out several times, I believe they have concentrated their search amongst the surviving relatives of the wrong group of crew members. The identification team has concentrated upon officers and canteen staff members instead of the engineering section ratings I believe would have been more fruitful.
Witness statements and testimony includes that from surviving members of the HMAS Sydney (II)'s crew who did not make the last voyage for various reasons. Amongst a wide range of matters being examined by the President of the Inquiry and Counsel Assisting have been questions relating to the clothing worn by various personnel on board ship in the course of their normal duties and at their action stations. I infer from this that the President and Counsel Assisting are attempting to determine from which group on board ship the Unknown Sailor of Christmas Island may have originated.
It is apparent that they are trying to determine who may have worn blue coloured boiler suits of coveralls. It appears that the wearing of such was not confined to the engineering section, as I had supposed.
The thoroughness of the inquiry and the depth of evidence and testimony brought before the inquiry is very impressive.
I look forward to the findings of the Commission of Inquiry.
The re-interment of the remains of the Unknown Sailor of Christmas Island is premature. This ceremony should await the identification of the remains and consultation with any surviving family.
Certainly, the cessation of the investigation into the sailor's identity is premature - and I am certain that that investigation will be reviewed by the Commission of Inquiry.
The only way I knew that this video was faked, is because the real John McCain cannot raise his arms above his shoulders due to the permanent damage he sustained in his plane crash and subsequent PoW captivity.