Recent comments by: Dicta

Grain of Truth

Optus, my service provider, replaced the SIM card on an iPhone 5. That has improved access to the g3 network to a level of 6 out of 10. Most of the time, I get a signal but the strength varies.
NBN is key to improving rural life. I am inclined to think Malcolm Turnbull will be a better advocate of its efficacy than Barnaby Joyce.
22/02/13 03:54 AM
I agree with Hafta Pee. When you buy an iphone, quality service is expected. Instead I have had to point out to the provider that it is charging for a service that is not obtainable, certainly not with any consistency. Of all things, rural workers need good mobile phone coverage, for safety purposes as much as anything else.
20/02/13 10:27 PM

Agribuzz with David Leyonhjelm

  Duelling duopolies 12 Comments 12
The article is insulting. Maybe seethelight retains a better sense of humour than I do. Queues from east to west indeed. I buy vegetables from a local organic garden to support a single mum, fruit and other green groceries from the Italian family store, people who hand out free Xmas party food to the struggling. I pay for unhomogenised milk. And I wold like anti-cartel legislation so the duopoly would leave hardware and petrol to others
02/09/13 02:01 PM

Get Muddy

When you have come across children who believe spaghetti grows in fields, it is clear that we need more articles like yours, Sam.
19/11/13 10:15 PM

Agribusiness

Good to read commonsense is fashionable. A strong regulatory environment works wonders in small economies such as Australia. Also overseas drought means National freight rail networks should unhindered by gross capitalist greed. innovative capitalism makes good diplomacy as well as wealth.
12/10/15 04:56 AM
I have stopped shopping at the duopoly and only occasionally go to Aldi, IGA and a local grocery. Saves heaps.
19/06/15 09:07 AM
Labor costs are not the single problem with the building of a coherent infrastructure. The multi-level of contracts to subordinate units to build segments of infrastructure blow costs out. Labor does not gain. People lose jobs. I agree that China does it better — the builder is state owned or obliged to be transparent at least to the state. The old PWD approach was not corrupt because it did not allow for business to dominate public/private contracts based on dubious sleight of facts, especially regarding outcomes free of public underwriting failure.
24/11/14 09:35 PM
What a surprise. We have a PM for infrastructure so stuck in the 1950s, he builds 20th century roads. We need a big government solution to develop a 21st road-rail-port infrastructure to facilitate rapid freight handling. Air to nodes would have to be part of the design. Leabing complex transport design to states and Barnaby is a revioe for DDD - debt'n'deficit-disaster.
23/11/14 11:55 PM
Spot on, dogsbody. I would like my grandchildren to be able to eat good food and drink clean water.
16/09/14 03:21 AM
And what about the health of the planet? Renewables should be government supported until all fossil fuel burning sources of energy are closed. We have no altenative but to go clean.
16/09/14 12:18 AM
Would GrainCorps contemplate building a transport internode at Parkes with rail to the NSW coast?
11/08/14 11:08 PM
And Matt 12, the idiot Greiner allowed the RAAF to use rail bridges for target practice in the 80s. On rail, none of our politicians are visionaries. Rural transport infrastructure has not had a good political friend in any party.
02/07/14 11:35 PM
The quality of our agricultural produce — vegetables, grains, dairy and meats — depends on keeping water and soil protected from pollutants. If we are to eat well, we live well, the health budget remains manageable and export quality food will be highly valued. Destroying arable land for the short term gain for the gas industry, an industry destroying our own manufacturing base by denying it access to gas, is to destroy Australia. The formula for the mix must be improved, the basic proviso being that we should feed ourselves clean food from clean pastures watered from clean catchments
28/03/14 12:05 AM
and I was taught at school many years ago that slavery was abolished!
26/02/14 12:54 AM

General

There is a PhD medical researcher examining allergies. He discovered migrants whose children had no allergies before coming to Australia suddenly allergic to a range of foods. Thanks for the reference, wtf.
05/01/15 08:53 AM
Interesting article. Interesting response, wtf. I am aware that allergies and intolerances of many foods have increased exponentiay over the past two decades. Also, the medical profession is having to treat more auto-immune conditions, underlying etiology unknown. Have you read anything that would link the use of antibiotics in food production with these newly identified conditions/diseases?
04/01/15 09:34 PM
Onya, Frank, the view from the corner of the classroom doesn't extend to the future.
I grew up among farmers, watched them record rainfall and temperatures and plan for the future.
29/12/14 10:17 PM
“People often say that agriculture is adaptable - that throughout history, agricultural systems have shown a large capacity to evolve,” Mr Leclère said.
The problem over riding this observation is intensity. We can't impose on the land without being very careful. More scientists are needed, not fewer. More research funds, not less.
24/12/14 11:36 PM
I agree with Dudley. This man is dangerous.
29/06/14 11:25 PM
For freight, roads and rail with links with to ports and hubs are vital. For regional health also, roads and rail are vital. The Maintenance of a road used regularly by freight haulers is greater than the maintenance costs of rail for the same purpose.
Australia needs a National Transport Portfolio to cover freight transport infrastructure and the lighter infrastructure needed for moving people.
27/01/14 09:49 PM
An ETS is the mature approach to deal with climate change, which is happening, marked by extreme weather events within cycles and more chaotic spirals within cycles. Doing nothing, the sum of Direct Action, is a wilful act of stupidity. Our children and grandchildren will bear the cost of inaction, costs that will far outweigh an ETS with investment in the technologies associated with renewable energies.
10/12/13 10:17 PM
I, too, am an angry Australian, angry australian. Ignorance endorsed by the present government inhibits this nation once famed for commonsense.
If you don't have marine parks and scientists studying fish and fisheries, there won't be any fish left to spawn, let alone catch.
If you don't have the carbon tax and other disincentives to be, as we are known, the dirtiest emitter in the world, the sea will be so acidic, only the skeletons of fish will be left to crumble in the sludge.
Ignorance creates problems, doesn't solve them.
19/10/14 09:45 PM
I, too, am an angry Australian, angry australian. Ignorance endorsed by the present government inhibits this nation once famed for commonsense.
If you don't have marine parks and scientists studying fish and fisheries, there won't be any fish left to spawn, let alone catch.
If you don't have the carbon tax and other disincentives to be, as we are known, the dirtiest emitter in the world, the sea will be so acidic, only the skeletons of fish will be left to crumble in the sludge.
Ignorance creates problems, doesn't solve them.
19/10/14 09:44 PM
Spot on, mad Matt. In NSW towns are isolated from each other, undermining access to social, educational and medical services from the providers point of view as well as the clients. Connection by public transport - rail with town buses for travel within - benefits everyone. Mudgee complains about a lack of air services. Rail is less polluting and as a provider experience tells that you can do a lot more admin work on a train and more easily than on a plane. But like Matt, i won't live long enough to see a rail network built.
02/07/14 11:30 PM

COMMENTS

light grey arrow
I'm one of the people who want marijuana to be legalized, some city have been approved it but
light grey arrow
#blueysmegacarshowandcruise2019 10 years on Daniels Ute will be apart of another massive cause.
light grey arrow
Australia's live animal trade is nothing but a blood stained industry that suits those who
THE Macquarie Group has confirmed it has wrapped up a deal with the Qatari-owned Hassad Food Group to buy more than 100,000 hectares of farmland Australia-wide.24 Sep 18 THE Macquarie Group has confirmed it has wrapped up a deal with the Qatari-owned Hassad Food Group to buy more than...
AFGRI Equipment has a limited number of new John Deere S700 Series combine harvesters available for this harvest.16 Sep 18 AFGRI Equipment has a limited number of new John Deere S700 Series combine harvesters available for this harvest.