2017-05-19 Fri

Observations

From the Globe and Mail an interesting (to me) snippet of information about politics and voting.

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This is often called Equal representation, and I first became aware of it when studying Western Australia’s History.

Back around 1900, the Australian colonies were proposing a form of federation, which came into being in 1901.

The population of Western Australia (a million square miles) was then about sixty-five thousand white souls.

But Western Australia had a great deal of wealth, and promise.

Western Australia held out and said “We won’t join the federation unless we have equal representation in the senate”, pegged then at 10 senators per state.

That is, Western Australia set the terms that in the Senate, all states had equal voting powers (note: not that “all states are equal”).

And so it came to pass, although today we have twelve senators per state.

And that wealth? Back then Gold, in Kalgoorlie. So much gold that with a population of only 65,000, Western Australia embarked on a water supply scheme that saw thirty-inch mains laid from the coast to Kalgoorlie (Gold!) a distance of about 370 miles across desert, towards the end.

Western Australia’s promise of wealth held true back then, and the last time I looked, an internet search of Western Australian ports still showed that the top two ports in Australia, measured by tonnages, dollar value of exports, ship-visits per year or whatever, the top two ports were in Western Australia.

Maybe the Conservatives are onto to something after all!

Personal Finances

I continue to monitor the two weekend summaries of other families, especially how much money they spend on food.

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I continue to be amazed at the Heathers and Harries of this world who are concerned about their finances when they make anything from $100,000 to $500,000 per year, poor things.

Then this (above): He is 42 years old, she is 39 years old; they have two children – decisions made, we assume, ten years ago, and yet they still have outstanding Student Loans.

Now maybe they took out student loans after they had been in the workforces a little while, but I think not.

Where is Gail Vaz-Oxlade when we need her?