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I recently emailed and posted a link to a petition to stop the government from eavesdropping on all our emails and phone calls and it got a lot of responses – some of them noted below – add your comments below and let’s keep the dialogue open!
Glad to see you are using your rule of “No Politics” as a guideline not a panacea. I know this is a rare exception for you and that is good. I think you have chosen well in having the balls to put your business behind this. It shows strength, leadership and care on a topic we can all back. I was not sure that you were willing to take that risk. I have more TRUST and respect that you have the backbone to make that stand now that I see this about you.
History proves without taking action to use appropriate negative feedback loops and without sufficient accountabilities recognised authorities eventually fail to have a conscience and fail to serve, which is “How Civilisations Fail”, as proven time and again historically (refer to Jarad Diamond’s book “How Civilisations Fail”).
Thank you, Marc. Glad you have a social conscience.
Of course, it is our own fault. We have tolerated our governments covert dealings for years and perversely justify our unknowing as integral to our interests.
Terrorism spells fear for a weak politician. It is the Shadow – small as this seems now – that arises and engulfs when we abrogate responsibility.
One day when Sunshine comes – when governments disband their CIA’s – we will know what we are all up to and earning, have friends with, and we will wonder what the fuss was about.
I am impressed with much of your work, but I’m disappointed at what appears to be naivety, or self-interest with respect to this issue.
You are a clever man, how would you track down these extreme Islamist terrorists people before they strike?
Were you aware that Australia is the most potent source of home grown extreme Islamist terrorists in the Western world?
Our intelligence agencies have averted a number of attacks on significant targets which could have cost hundreds and thousands of lives. The people who get seduced into extremist Islamist terrorism are home grown Australians. They live here amongst us, using our internet to connect and share extreme views, recruit others, and plot terrorist attacks to kill their fellow Australians. If we allow their numbers to grow amongst us we could one day become the next Iraq where the ISIL mass murdering hundreds and thousands of non-believers to take over lands and create a Islamist Caliphate.
What would you suggest is the most effective way to find these people before lives are lost?
You talk about loosing our privacy, but what does that mean? Why should we be concerned if a law enforcement agency maintains records of online activities? How is this going to affect me? I’m a law abiding citizen. The bigger online threats we should be concerned about are those threats from online fraud, distributed access denial attacks, etc.
I agree that the cost and logistics of government’s proposed approach needs to be thought through, but in the absence of a better way to track down extremists, I think it’s the right thing to do.
Correct me if I’m wrong but surely the only people to fear their data being stored are those who have something to hide from authorities.
So, what is your reason for running this campaign to stop the legislation? Did not know that Australia is such a potent source of extreme views, or do you have a better way to find them, or is there something you have to hide from the Authorities? If you have a better way, why not share it with us?
Hi Marc to fix the problem we have with this internet reading is that there are 15 million people online in australia so all we have to do is for 3 months just talk about guns bomb making killing etc etc and try downloading rubbish like this and that will give the Federal police ASIO etc enough work to last them like 12yrs of flat out understaffed work and it will just go in the too hard basket reverse psychology
The statements below are incorrect. Reading emails etc without a warrant is not what is proposed.
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could read ALL your personal emails and
listen to ALL your private phone calls?!?!
Collecting and storing huge amounts of data on citizens is a radical move. Brandis claims that the new measures are necessary to protect us from the threat of terrorism, but current laws provide intelligence agencies with more than enough information, while maintaining strict rules on privacy. And now Tony Abbott appears to have massively broadened the scope of the proposed scheme.
Telco’s don’t want this plan to go ahead either. The collection and storage of so much information may add up to 100 terabytes of data a day. It’s also extraordinarily expensive and is estimated to cost $500 million for each provider — a cost that will inevitably be passed on to customers.
Malcolm Turnbull was critical of the previous Labor government’s plans for mandatory data retention and has said he is “absolutely committed to individual liberty and privacy”.
If you don’t stand up and be counted NOW, you can’t then whinge about the government you’ll tracking and monitoring you 24 hours a day, seven days a week – secretly.
All we’re asking is that you take 10 seconds to click on the petition.
If you want to do more than that, “your share” of the solution would be to promote this through social media and/or your email lists as I have done to TENS OF THOUSANDS of fellow Aussies and let’s stop this dead in its tracks – NOW while we still can.
Although it’s home to modern metropolises and laid-back surfing towns, many visitors are drawn to Australia specifically for its natural beauty. If you’re interested in getting out into the wild and experiencing Australia at its most pristine, you have a number of eco resorts and national parks to choose from. The best ecotourism destinations offer a blend of sustainable tourist infrastructure and abundant wildlife, ensuring that they’ll remain preserved for generations to come.
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1. Lord Howe Island
Regarded by many to be the most beautiful island in the Pacific, Lord Howe Island is accessible via a two-hour flight from Brisbane or Sydney. This lush, remote destination is significant for its untouched forest, which boasts a number of plants and animals that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Nesting seabirds, a sprawling coral reef, and volcanic mountains help complete the package. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural significance.
Accessible by ferry or flight from the Australian mainland, a significant percentage of Tasmania is protected national parkland, with unspoilt wilderness to explore. This wilderness is surprisingly diverse for such a small island, including rain forests, mountains and isolated beaches. You can spot a number of rare species in Tasmania, including the famous Tasmanian devil as well as the elusive platypus and Forester kangaroo. To access the more remote spots, you may need a vehicle with four-wheel-drive and tyres like these options at Tyresales.com.au that are sturdy enough to handle deep tracks. This allows you to get deep inside the wilderness.
3. Gondwana Rainforests
Formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, the Gondwana Rainforests include some of the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest on the planet. This large reserve is broken up into 50 separate smaller reserves, clustered near the Queensland and New South Wales border. This region is important ecologically due to the 200 rare or endangered plants and animals that call it home. Over 2 million visitors trek through the reserves each year, to spot colourful birds and view ancient waterfalls that have changed little over the centuries.
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4. Kakadu National Park
Another important national park, Kakadu is located a two-hour drive to the southeast of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. You can view everything from frilled lizards to dingoes, along with a staggering variety of rare bird life. The park covers over 20,000 square kilometers, with a blend of wetlands and craggy rock formations to explore. Admire indigenous rock art, or pack your tent and camp overnight to experience the park as it comes to life with nocturnal species.
5. Fraser Island
Notable for being the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is a veritable paradise with its warm climate, multi-coloured rocky cliffs, and soft white sandy beaches. The interior of the island is composed of tropical rainforest interspersed with clear, freshwater lakes. This makes it an especially attractive destination for eco-tourists, who can admire the unspoilt landscapes on a weekend getaway and sleep under the stars.
6. Great Barrier Reef
Finally, no list of ecotourism destinations in Australia would be complete without a mention of the famous Great Barrier Reef. As the largest World Heritage area in the world, the protected reef spans an area of 348,000 square kilometers. This includes mangroves, coral reefs, and islands dotted with powdery white sand.
From desert to tropical rainforest, these protected areas provide a relaxing getaway where you can enjoy nature at her finest.
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Let’s take a look at 10 of the best countries you can visit and why you’d want to invest the time money and effort to get there.
Why: Food, scenery, unique wildlife, beautiful beaches
Australia is one of the most visited countries as people from across the globe flock to explore the rural countryside, spending days on the white sandy beaches looking out across the vivid blue waters. Many come to see unique wildlife that is not only indigenous to Australia, but exists nowhere else. For those looking to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the cities there are a range of activities, delicious cuisine to sample and nightlife to enjoy. It is a country that has something to please everyone.
Where: United Arab Emirates
A relatively recent destination on the tourism trail, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers visitors a stay of almost unrivaled opulence. One of the most popular areas within the country is the city of Dubai, which is home to the 7 star luxury hotel Burj Al Arab. If you enjoy a having a flutter when on holiday then you might be a bit disappointed as the UAE has some pretty tight gambling laws but there’s nothing stopping you from accessing online games from the comfort of your luxury hotel room.
Why: Heritage, culture, scenery, The Royal Family
Across the other side of the world in the UK, England has just about everything a tourist could wish for. There are beaches in the south, stunning scenery in the north and plenty of culture in between. However, this prosperous country is perhaps best known for its heritage, and the Royal Family – visiting Buckingham Palace, in London, is a must for tourists.
Why: Unique experience
Although actually a continent rather than a country, the otherworldliness of Antarctica makes it a must see for anyone interested in traveling. It’s certainly the experience of a lifetime and not one many people get the opportunity to try. Add it to your bucket list!
Why: Nightlife, beaches, carnival
The carnival season is the epicentre of the fun and runs throughout February. It is a spectacle you have to witness at least once in your life.
Why: Wildlife, scenery
It’s for good reason that Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa. The country has an abundance of lush vegetation and spectacular landscapes, such as the thrilling Murchison Falls. It is also home to exciting wildlife, including lions, elephants and gorillas.
Why: Heritage, culture
Both good and bad, Germany has a fascinating history. The country’s past can be explored through a multitude of cultural hotspots, including the aptly named Museum Island in Berlin, an island dedicated to museums… Who knew?
Why: Beaches, relaxation
In Punta del Este, Uruguay has some of the most popular beaches in the whole of South America, while in the northwest of the liberal nation are the relaxing hot springs of Dayman in Salto. It’s also worth noting that Uruguay is one of the most ethical travel destinations on the planet, while its head of state, president Jose Mujica, lives on a farm and donates around 90% of his monthly salary to charities.
Why: Culture, beaches
Even within the country itself, there is not complete agreement with the way that Cuba is run; however, the dictatorial regime that rules over the nation makes it an intriguing place to visit for any world traveller. Havana is a charming city, famous for its music, food… and rum!
Why: Beaches, fun
Even in the fun loving region of Southeast Asia, few places can match Thailand when it comes to having a good time. The country has plenty of picturesque beaches, it’s cheap and it’s home to the infamous Full Moon Parties of Koh Phangan.
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What spells out romance to you? For some, it’s dinner by candlelight overlooking a tranquil ocean view, while for others it’s enjoying a spa getaway with massages for two. Whether you want to spend your days lazing in the sun with your loved one or cycling through picturesque countryside, Australia offers no shortage of romantic destinations. For honeymoons or a weekend getaway, try exploring the following destinations.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Wine-tasting is one of the top romantic experiences in Australia, and you can enjoy plenty of rural regions known for their wine production scattered throughout the country. One of the most romantic is in South Australia, which is filled to the brim with gorgeous wineries and excellent gourmet cuisine. The Barossa Valley is quaint and rustic, home to many famous wineries including Wolf Blass and Penfolds. Take a tour of a winery to sample the goods and stroll through the valley admiring the local churches and architecture. With beautiful views, a serene atmosphere, and plenty of quaint boutique hotels to stay in, you’ll find this to be a relaxing getaway for two.
Palm Cove, Queensland
North Queensland is home to the Sunshine Coast, with its sun splashed beaches and perfect weather. In the far north you’ll find the luxurious Palm Cove, known for its picturesque seaside cafes, posh boutiques, and beautiful unspoilt beaches. It offers couples a taste of paradise with spectacular sunset views to boot. If you have the time, it’s worth hopping in the car to explore some of the other attractions in the region on a day trip, including Noosa beach and the Eumundi Markets. Check out the latest updates on Carsales to find a suitable vehicle with style to spare.
Pacific Palms, New South Wales
If you’re looking for a prime secluded spot to enjoy with your loved one, escape to Pacific Palms on the coast of Smith’s Lake. With white sandy beaches and lush palm forests, the town is quaint and quiet. It provides proximity to Booti Booti National Park, along with some of the region’s top surfing beaches. A particularly picturesque spot popular for weddings is the Green Cathedral, which is nestled into the forest overlooking the lake.
Leura, New South Wales
Nestled into the fragrant Blue Mountains just a couple of hours away from Sydney, Leura is a town known for its sandstone architecture and abundant public gardens. Take a wander through the town and bring your bicycles for a day trip into the surrounding natural park. Be sure to pack a picnic basket with a selection of gourmet nibbles and wine to soak up the sunshine at a mountain beauty spot, where you can enjoy panoramic views.
Known as one of Australia’s top spa getaways, the charming setting of Daylesford in Victoria is the perfect place to relax and be pampered. It offers elite spa facilities throughout the town, set amidst rolling hills and verdant countryside. Book a couples’ massage and calming body wraps to feel ultimate relaxation, before sitting on a sunny terrace with a glass of locally produced wine. There are plenty of elegantly landscaped gardens, art galleries, and stunning architecture to enjoy as you walk around town, which invokes a European feeling.
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
If you and your partner like to enjoy an active holiday with a dash of adventure, try heading out into the wilds of the Northern Territory to visit Kakadu National Park. This magnificent and remote environment is World Heritage listed for its pristine wilderness and sheer scope of wildlife. Encompassing 20,000 square kilometres in size, there’s an amazing degree of ecological diversity and beauty to explore hand in hand. Take a wander through the bush or hire a canoe to explore the inner reaches of the park by boat. You’re guaranteed solitude and spectacular scenery along the way as you commune with nature and each other.
From posh wine tasting getaways to rugged adventures, Australia offers plenty of options for a romantic weekend away.
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Australia has been characterised by a laid back yet tough Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee, a pioneering optimism of the old frontiermen and even in sentimental 80s pop sensations such as ‘Land Down Under’ by Men at Work. The writer Bill Bryson correctly observed that it has earned a legendary reputation and yet relatively little is known about it. The upside down land; Down Under – the nicknames attributed to Australia are more to do with its isolation, size, variable landscape, environment and history more than just its geography. All of which have made Australia a truly unique place in the world.
It is a land of extremes, of rain forests and deserts, of cuddly and killer animals, of fiercely competitive yet immensely friendly people and it is a Westernised island on the southern edge of Southeast Asia. It has two histories, one of which is amongst the oldest in human history and is manifested by the Aboriginal communities who have been in Australia for 40,000 years. The latter, the European history, has seen huge cities spread far and wide in a short couple of hundred years or so. Regardless of a sense of familiarity for foreigners used to city life in a global capitalist world, so much of what you can do and see is uniquely Australian.
In line with the nation’s love of competition and sporting prowess, the fondness for a flutter here and there is close behind. Whether an online game on sites like OCBB AU is your preference, or you tend to go for the green velvet of the blackjack table, a greyhound track, horse races or merely just like to throw into the Aussie Rules sweep stake down at the local pub, there is plenty to satisfy the idle sports fan who enjoys putting their money where the mouth should be.
What other Australian adventures can I pursue away from sport?
Australia’s climate, wildlife and landscapes are perhaps its biggest attributes. There are over 1,000 mammal and bird species, 4,000 fish species and around 500 reptile and marine mammal species combined. Over 80% of these are native to Australia and so are totally unique, from the iconic kangaroo to the koala bear. Do not be put off by the scare mongering on the topic of dangerous animals either. Going for a swim or a hike is not equal to gambling with your life, no matter how much you like a chance or two.
There are dozens of wildlife parks, zoos, open treks and thousands of miles of untamed country to be experienced. A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a popular choice as it is the largest reef environment on Earth. In Australia the cliché of life being about the journey is as accurate as ever. It may be enormous but its internal network of roads and railways makes it one of the most uniquely diverse landscapes on earth to travel across.
It may not have the cult status of hitting the road as in the United States but trips between Melbourne and Adelaide on the Great Ocean Drive, for example, will show you this island at its most beautiful. Incidentally this is a popular cycling route too. There is a vibrant music, art and surfing scene in each of Australia’s major cities as its population becomes increasingly multi-cultural. There are also examples of art works that are up to 30,000 years old in the form of cave paintings by ancient Aboriginal tribes. A by-product of more and more foreign integration is the growing choice of delicious foods that go beyond the famous Australian barbeque. Look beyond and see the depth behind the iconic stereotypes for a place unlike any other.
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The next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about whether you want that politician spending YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective.
A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were Living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no one on the earth walked on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate the US government is spending it.
While this thought is still fresh in our brain …
Let’s take a look at New Orleans …
It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) was asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans …
Interesting number … What does it mean?
A. If you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) You would each get $516,528.
B. Or… If you have one of the 188,251 homes, your home would get $1,329,787.
C. Or… If you are a family of four.. Your family would get $2,066,012.
Now, imagine $700 billion bailing out banks in the US. That’s enough to fund complete medical care for every man, woman and child currently alive in the US for 11 years!
Kinda puts things into perspective doesn’t it?
Australia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, attracting backpackers, campers and those seeking the ultimate adventure. No matter what you want from your travels in Australia, it will be one of the most memorable trips of your life.
Here are just some of the things you need to know before coming to the land down under:
Where to Go
Where to start; Australia is vast and filled with iconic landmarks, beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife. Choose Sydney for its vibrant culture, stunning beaches and famous landmarks. Pick Melbourne for its sophisticated café and bar culture. Perth for its sunshine and laid-back lifestyle or Brisbane for its lush green spaces and lively social scene. Drive the Great Ocean Road, surf the Gold Coast, take a hike in Tasmania or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Make sure you take time out to relax on some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Sit back, soak up the sun and scenery and check out some of the best surfing spots in the world. If you are a creature of the night and parties and gambling are more your scene, then check out http://thetop10bestonlinecasinos.com/au for inspiration.
When to Go
Australia’s climate varies enormously, from hot in the far North to cool in the South. Many travellers choose to arrive in Australia between December and February, when it is summer for most of the country. March to May is autumn, June to August is winter and September to November is spring, so really it’s up to you to choose the time of year you want to arrive. The northern states of Australia tend to have warmer weather much of the time, whilst the southern states experience cooler winters. Remember in the peak summer season, accommodation prices will be more expensive and will be a little busier.
How to Get Around
One of the best ways to city hop in Australia is to fly. No traveller wants to be spending all their time getting from A to B and flying is the best way to cover large distances in a short space of time. Australia’s domestic airlines are affordable and serve all cities. If you’re not in a hurry and wish to take in some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery, rent a car and drive the Great Ocean Road. Stretching 151 miles along the south-eastern coast, the famous road winds its way through some stunning sights, including the famous limestone cliffs of the 12 Apostles. You’ll find car rental companies at all major airports and in city locations. Getting around each city itself is also easy with a wide selection of public transport including trains, buses, monorail and trams.
All travellers visiting Australia need a visa, except New Zealanders who receive a ‘special category’ visa on arrival. The majority of applications can be made online from Australian diplomatic missions, travel agents or the Australian government website for the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. There are many different types of visa so it is important to do your research and apply for the correct one.
One of the best things about vacationing in Australia is that you won’t get attacked by a bear – unlike what might happen if you vacation in Alaska!
Have you ever noticed how time warps when you’re on vacation?
If only we could control it… How cool would that be?!?!