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17 February 2015

GOVERNMENT INCREASINGLY ONLY DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO KEEP THEIR JOBS, AND SHIRKING THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES WE THOUGHT THEY WERE DOING COMPETENTLY

The story last week was of self-reliance.  A Trinity Beach sport club who, without fuss, put a roof on their bowls club without a shilling of taxpayer money.  Despite that fact that this largess is regularly shoveled out on other sport clubs across the country as a routine "payoff" to the public.  

But other stories in the last week are demonstrating how off-kilter government - of either party - has become.   

A car runs off the Kennedy Highway between Smithfield and Cairns.  The driver is spared serious injury because their car was restrained - not by a guardrail, but by ANOTHER WRECKED CAR.  This spot is notorious for car crashes, with the cars usually ending up down the hillside.  Why has government ignored this notorious blackspot?


FROM BUTTOCK TO PLATE -
YOU THINK WE'RE KIDDING?
Then this week we find out that frozen fruit, "packaged in Australia", is contaminated with Hepatitis-A and perhaps dozens or hundreds have been infected.  

The fruit in question, now known to have been imported from China, has NEVER been inspected.  Anywhere.  The Chinese don't care.  The Australian packager surely has shown they don't care - the facts show that instead of being suspicious about the product being supplied by the Chinese, they instead gave the Chinese supplier LESS supervision.  Because supervision costs money, and the million dollar CEO's are all about saving money.  

And then we find the government, who we've made responsible for the health and safety of imported food, says "there is no regular government testing of imported (food) product".

This despite small fruits like berries being known to easily carry and transmit Hep-A.  In fact the market for fresh berries in China is virtually non-existent.  The Chinese people KNOW how these things are grown.  Do you?

Much of Chinese produce is grown on farms that get regular doses of Chinese fertilizer - euphemistically called "night soil" (粪便) in China.  We call unprocessed sewage.  Straight from your buttock to plate.

And our government's Department of Agriculture's  "Centre for Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis" spends billions of taxpayer dollars every year NOT testing one piece of imported food.   A "risk analysis" that should have shown that small fruits and ground-hugging vegetables are likely to be high risk from a country like China, and develop a testing regime for industry and government.   

The politicians would prefer to divide the electorate into "those that want big government" and "those that want small government".  This trick is starting to wear a little thin, because that's not what the public wants at all.  Campbell Newman claimed he was one of those that wanted smaller government, but his profligate spending on junk we don't really need, and then plans to sell off assets to pay for MORE junk we didn't need is what caused the voters to turn on him.  Some well-placed guardrails on the Kuranda range wouldn't be too much to ask.  But road upgrades aren't a matter of "public safety", they're a political reward doled out at elections.  

That's how Michael Trout ultimately lost.  The picture of him standing on the Kuranda range with Newman, promising to fix this long-broken highway as an election bribe was the key that turned the tide against him.    

There's an old phrase - "stick to your knitting", that we believe describes very well what the voters on either side of the political fence want from our government.  Spend our money smartly on things that make us safer - a competent military, an honest police force, and government services that ensure our water is safe, our food is safe, our homes are safe, and our families are safe.

A "Biosecurity Centre" that has no plan in place to intercept and reject food so likely to be contaminated that the Chinese people won't eat it isn't doing their job.  Regardless of whatever party is in power.



22 comments:

china said...

The Bligh gov pencilled an upgrade of the Kuranda Range Rd in for 2030 so don't hold your breath. At least the cops seem to be a bit more conspicuous lately but you cant legislate against the stupidity of some drivers

Alison Alloway said...

So many people have come forward and admitted to eating those berries. Apparently they put them frozen into "smoothies", so called "health drinks" which they then mix up in a blender. I believe someone has already established a site in preparation of a Class Action suit.

CBD Warrior said...

I for one am pleased and thankful we have a news source like HBW.

The lame stream media talk about the berry Hepatitis situation without telling us the truth. Channel 7 says the berries were contaminated by "unsanitary practices" in China. Only here do we find out what's really the truth - human waste being used on these crops. Why would China with such a huge population somehow have a berry crop excess to their needs? Because the Chinese won't eat things like this raw - knowing full well how farming practices are there.

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai, you must know all about this, as you are the Ambassador for Chinese that catch your bus, quick get on the piss and tell us all about it.

Anonymous said...

A juicy story and berry well explained. The fact that this happened gives me the pip, it also exposes the black under-currents regarding Chinese fruit production. I for one will be giving them a big raspberry.

Alison Alloway said...

Buying our food shouldn't be a game of Russian roulette, not knowing what will give us listeria, salmonella or Hepatitis. Tony Abbott has just wiped his hands of the issue stating it is the "responsibility of the corporations". We all know the only bottom line the corporations have these days is PROFIT. Abbott's dereliction of duty isn't good enough. Once again we see the dangers of free market capitalism at work.

Anonymous said...

Having just sorted thru my freezer looking for frozen berries, I came across BirdsEye"Ocean Selections, New Zealand wild caught fillets, Whiting" On further reading it appears that the fish is "packed in China using New Zealand fish". So it seems that the fish is caught in NZ travels to China to be packed and then comes to Australian supermarkets with the big label saying this is NZ fish -the China part is in v small letters down the side of the package. Is it safe to eat this??

urb said...

jesus alloway, sometimes you are a fucking dill.

Anonymous said...

Waiter, there's a Chinaman's poo in my smoothie.

Anonymous said...

What else did we sign up for with the free trade deal. It is well known that for thousands of years China used and still uses raw human sewage as fertilizer, what did we expect, clean produce. It's like Nile Perch when it really comes from the Mekon Delta which has the nickname of the Agent Orange Sewer and aren't perch but catfish! read all about it, do your own research.Me, if it isn't clear that it is grown in Aust then I don't buy it

Anonymous said...

gee urb, what a reasonable, balanced, and informed response. Can you enlighten us with something more substantial so as to satisfy the curious amongst us that you are more than just a pissweak troll?

Anonymous said...

What's the difference between human poo and cow poo?

Anonymous said...

The Chinese cat fish is called Basa and freely sold at your local supermarket. Check it out. It's also sold by a lot of local restaurants.....if you batter it you can hide the fact it's crap.

Anonymous said...

Trouty 4 mayor , it's still shit !

urb said...

gee anonymous 1643 - did you read the post or are you just running YOUR pissweak troll mouth off?
buying food is nowhere near russian roulette - to suggest it is the responsibility of the government is just a fucking non sense. to then state that the prime minister, or any minister for that matter, has been derelict in their duty is hilarious. what duty? do you want him to do your fucking shopping for you? at the end of the day it is your own responsibility (remember that word?) as to what you put in your mouth. this blog is a danger of free capitalism at work innit? and of course please feel free to add to the conversation yourself.

DAZA DUKE said...

My poo has lots of good nutriants in it and would be good for growing berries which means avoid eating chinese food

Anonymous said...

Urb - thanks for your amazing contribution to my comment. I'm sure the readers of HBW will take it on board - for what it's worth.

Alison Alloway said...

Really urb? Ever heard of something called "quality assurance" programs? Our own factories had these in place, whereby all processed foodstuffs were analysed in laboratories by qualified people checking their safety for human consumption. It went along with checking the quality of the fruits and vegetables being processed, ensuring there were no harmful pesticides, herbicides used on those products, then followed that the machinery was sterilised, the tins and canning utensils sterilised and made from substances which would not danger human health. Today we learn that the linings inside many cans contain carcinogenic substances due to the cheap materials used by overseas manufacturers. We are talking about FOOD, urb, which we need to live. All manufacturers should have a duty of care policy guaranteeing their products are of a high quality and fit for human consumption. As consumers we have the right to expect this.

Bob R. said...

Free market capitalism has chucked duty of care and consumer rights out the window, Alison. It's only about profits these days. Yeah most of our imported food is toxic. Better to buy locally grown foodstuffs only.

urb said...

Alison,
any business can pay a fee for an ISO QA rating if they deem such to be beneficial. most processors would have this so to be on a level field with competition. FSANZ outline minimum req's for food safety however i am not sure that iso's are enforceable. all processed foodstuffs are not analysed - samples are taken at who knows what frequency. but anyway, all food processors etc are bound by legislation to provide product fit for purpose. not a duty of care but an enforceable legal requirement. but hey, accidents happen, tragedies happen right? would i buy river fish from vietnam? no fucking way. would i buy turnips from bangladesh? not a fucken chance. as previous , i hold the responsibility of what i consume 100% my own. anyone else care to do the same?

Alison Alloway said...

Yes, urb, it is Russian roulette as I said above. We don't know where products come from any more because they are often "packaged" in another country. Would you know for example where ALL of your food comes from? Where ALL of the food you eat at cafes or restaurants come from? Sure, as you said above, you KNOW where some of them come from. You wouldn't know with everything.

shanghai said...

now now children uncle shanghai will be back soon behave were all on the same side aren't we im just reading the newest edition of the tax act but I have to back the ute up to the library to get it home are they serious ? {the ATO} no wonder the fungs are buying patiniack horse properties on the gold coast hinterland why not property here ?anyway im in love again and she never came in one of my containers from china either