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J-Rod Bliejie

Posted June 17, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

It was only when I started going back through his press clips that I started to realise this guy might be the biggest arse hat in a Cabinet full of them.

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted June 17, 2014
Jarrod Bleijie
I enjoy his few biographical details.
He lives on the Sunshine Coast but does not swim in salt water because he is scared of sharks.
He is an Elvis Presley impersonator whose favourite Elvis song is 'Blue Suede Shoes'.
He is the Attorney-General of Queensland.

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted June 17, 2014
I've said it before and I'll say it again-
"I thought Joffrey was a construct"

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w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted June 17, 2014
Attorney-General Bleijie was the proud parent of the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013. The VLAD Act. His legal experience is mainly as a conveyancer.
For these reasons, the Attorney-General tends to be known locally as Vlad the Conveyancer.

Rob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 18, 2014
brilliant.

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Jimbo swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 17, 2014
Say what you will about his ability to be AG, he is one snappy dresser though...

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Anthony is gonna tell you...

Posted June 18, 2014

Having met with your police minister, I think they're level pegging. If it wasn't so serious, the stuff happening under he VLAD act would be hilarious. I'm also informed that the correct Dutch pronunciation of his surname is B'liar. I so want that to be true.



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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted June 18, 2014
Halwes,
Of note Rozelle 1985.
And the pissweak effort of the only child.
She's gone.

Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted June 18, 2014
OMFG,
I just went to the AbC Website!
You're there!
Chronology please?
Before or after my comments here?

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Some thoughts on working too much

Posted June 10, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

There's a couple of things about the recent budget move to raise the retirement age to 70 that nobody is talking about. The number of workers aged over 50 who just can find work anyway because they're considered well past it.

But also the intensity of the work experience now. The way the so called work-life balance has tipped decisively in favour of work instead of life.

In a moment of delicious irony, I filed a Blunty about this very late last night.

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JG swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 10, 2014
Seems to me that there is an imbalance in the workforce: either some people work too much, while others can't get enough work, if any.
As you said, JB, many people over 50 are considered 'past it' and they struggle to find a job. So many employers also have unrealistic expectations of years of specific experience for potential employees, even in base-level jobs, let alone in professional jobs.
The $10,000 carrot the Abbott government is introducing to hire workers over 50 is staggered over two years. An employer will get a couple of thousand after three months, a couple more a few months later of taking on an over-50 employee, etc.
Given the long time it takes to reap the $10,000 bonus, and the amount of unemployed youth who may be favoured over employing 'oldies', I don't think the bonus will do much good.
Pity more work can't be spread around: less hours for a greater number of people. I guess it comes down to irrational economics and a bottom dollar mentality: profit over people, patience, training, the cost of overheads, and leave.
JG

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Posted June 10, 2014
^ above should read '...lack if patience and training...'

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted June 10, 2014
JG,
I've always advocated a four day working week.
Vote for me!
Productivity will improve!
Unemployment will improve!
Health will improve!
etc

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WarDog asserts...

Posted June 10, 2014
Where's everyone entrepreneurial spirit? I'm thinking about employing both my parent in a new startup and splitting the $10,000 with them.

I predict a sharp uptake in the number of micro businesses employing over 50s. They might be a net drain on the federal coffers and may not actually produce any products or services, but look at all the new businesses. That's got to be good for the economy, right?

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted June 10, 2014
WarDog,
I'll be fifty in a few months.
If you can spot me the 10 000 dollars I'll go to Thailand and become a Woman.
When I get back IVF will give me 15 000 to have a baby.
Then I will expect 6 months off on 50% of my wage.
If you just give me 2000 dollars cash I will not proceed...
Either that or a really big television.

JG mumbles...

Posted June 10, 2014
Startup business and employ your parents. Terrific idea, WarDog.
JG

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Dave W is gonna tell you...

Posted June 10, 2014

My guess is that the working conditions for a whole bunch of sedentary middle class office drones are going to cause a whole bunch of health problems. Get outside, ride to work, go for a run at lunchtime, play touch football. All of these things will make the day go better and improve the work that we do anyway.


But if the boss works all day every day, then there can be a lot of pressure implied to always be available.

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Rob puts forth...

Posted June 10, 2014
I need saving from my office drone job. I earn way too much and do too little. It makes me feel guilty when I see people who work hard and get paid less than me. These golden handcuffs.....

insomniac mumbles...

Posted June 10, 2014
Rob? Are you me?

Rob is gonna tell you...

Posted June 11, 2014

or sharing the same stage in a Kafkaesque nightmare.

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Halwes mutters...

Posted June 11, 2014

Cut it out you two. I'm three quarters the way through reading Crime and Punishment again, after a thirty year break, and the whole "is Raskolnikov dreaming or isn't he? " thing is doing my head in yet again. At least this time I've got a russian friend who has explained the crazy way russian christian and family names work.

insomniac puts forth...

Posted June 12, 2014
I did that a couple of months ago by audio book. I hadn't tried C&P in paper form but I imagine audio is a good way in to Russian stodge. Trouble is you can't see the names (or is that a good thing) and multiple names within families and characters can do your head in. The narrated voices helped keep track of people. Good story though. Keeps you on edge right up to the end.

Halwes mumbles...

Posted June 12, 2014

Here is how I understand it. Rodion Romonavich Rasklnikov is Rodya ( pet name) to his mother and sisters and Raskolnikov is the surname of the male whereas the sisters and mothers surname is Raskolnikova. The mother is called Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikova. Where I got really confused was when the sister Avdotya Romanovna Raskolnikovna came into the story. Up until that point she had been referred to as Dounia or Dounushka and I thought that they were separate people but Dounia is the mothers and brothers pet name for Avdotya as Rodya is the pet name for Rodion. Gees it must be confusing being Russian. I did my head in years ago reading The Gulag archipeligo and A day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch and didn't intend going back for a second bite but you are right, C&P is a terrific read if you can follow the characters names.

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Kids on planes

Posted April 29, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Tracey Spicer debuted with a cracking blog at BT yesterday. I disagreed with every word, but by God you can't disagree with the traffic stats. So I replied.

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pi reckons...

Posted April 29, 2014

Trace wins tha interwebs. That's some serious traffic there.

But seriously... I think she's watching a little bit too much foxnews.

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Halwes would have you know...

Posted April 29, 2014

I was thinking exactly the same thing although I always carry earplugs on flights anyway. One particularly good bit of earplug work was on a flight from Brisbane to Cairns last year. As I saw a family with very small children and a baby moving towards me, I held my breath and hoped that they fucked off further up the back but no such luck. They sat right next to me across the aisle. I'd had a huge night on the piss and pot at Albion Park trots followed up by a pockets emptying trip to the casino and had had no sleep at all. I was rooted, in a comatose kind of way, and could barely keep my eyes open. Until of course, as we taxied out, the baby decides to start screaming it's head off. I reached into my pocket and took out my earplugs while surrounding passengers looked on enviously. The baby was screaming all the way to Cairns ( poor little bugger) but I was able to doze all the way with the baby screaming right next to my ear. The mother apologised when we got to Cairns but I wasn't affected at all. Actually I was well enough to hit the Reef casino for the afternoon session. It is sad though that we are all considered pedophiles. I've looked after little kids all my life. My own kids friends have always been safe at our house as have my grandkids friends. Years of service for youth groups and school councils counts for nothing though when somebody who doesn't know you sees you talking to a child and yells "dirty old man" I love the snotty little brats though. Just not when I'm flying.

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Murphy reckons...

Posted April 29, 2014

Nice of her to get that crack in there about Kansas and child molesters. But did the flight really originate in Kansas?

Or did it originate in Missouri? Because folks outside of the Midwest fuck up that Kansas City thing all the time by assuming that Kansas City is completely in Kansas.

Just sayin'.

And yeah, it is sexist. It is the sort of crap I get to deal with at the pool when I lifeguard. Why, I must be there for reasons other than the need for a job and this silly notion that I enjoy saving lives.

That said, yes, please move the screaming, mewling little monster to a holding cell at the back of the plane. Preferably a soundproofed one and pour me a couple of doubles neat, even if it is that colored water they call Jack Daniels.

Thanks.

Murph

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Lulu has opinions thus...

Posted April 29, 2014

This is just what airlines do. One idiot tried to bomb a plane with explosives in his footwear, and the next time I went through Heathrow I had to take my shoes off in security, exposing embarrassing sock-holes. We're all treated like potential terrorists because of one (thanfully unsuccesful) attempt. I could manage some retrospective outrage but really I can't be bothered.

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted April 29, 2014

It's not just kids on planes - our society doesn't trust kids around men.

Halwes ducks in to say...

Posted April 29, 2014

I think Ms Spicer is right in one regard though. Most child abusers are men. Society doesn't trust us anymore because many of our fellow men are letting the side down and the rest of us are too spooked by the ridiculous legal system to take the appropriate action against them. I think it's time that we, as men, started dealing with these mongrels harshly and without any sympathy. Proven child sexual abuse should be a death penalty offence in my opinion but it never will be so we need to act ourselves. Does Daniel Morcombes killer, who seriously abused a young boy and left him to die a year before he killed Daniel, deserve to live.? I say no.

Quokka has opinions thus...

Posted April 29, 2014

Society may have a valid point. I was raised by a single father after my mother died & just look how I turned out.

Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 29, 2014

Stats are that the most likely killer of a child under 5 is the child's mother. It's not a figure that comes out much because it doesn't fit our cultural narrative about "mothers being safe". Certainly not something that Spicer is willing to consider.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2174580/

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Dave W mutters...

Posted April 29, 2014

Sadly, it's a different Dave, W.

Cheers,

Dave W.

Murphy reckons...

Posted April 29, 2014

Wow, tried to move him away from his own kids.

What fuckwits.

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Shifty Tourist ducks in to say...

Posted April 29, 2014

"Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking kids on this motherfucking plane!"

- Samuel L. Jackson, Kids on a Plane 2: Open wide for the Aeroplane Mother Fucker., (Released Christmas 2012)

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Transcient would have you know...

Posted April 29, 2014

True, the whole thing has left me pretty distressed - the idea that assumptions could be made about me based purely on my gender and age.

damian reckons...

Posted May 3, 2014

There's a sort of penny-dropping sound in there somewhere isn't there? :)

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Halwes ducks in to say...

Posted April 30, 2014

Two kids attacked in Queensland today. Police still looking for the attacker. Societies get judged on how they treat their young people and their old people. At the moment we don't seem to be looking after either too well.

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Steve puts forth...

Posted May 3, 2014

Try being a male primary school teacher. Those poor guys not only have to deal with everyone elses' brats, they also get to be called weirdos and paedophiles behind their back and to their face.

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Big strong muscly choices

Posted April 17, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Wasn't sure if this metaphor would hold up for 500 words. But it did. Cos I got metaphor muscles.

Wasn't sure I could even get 500 words out of the state gubbermint's stupid Strong Choices website. Until I realised just how stupid it was.

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pi is gonna tell you...

Posted April 17, 2014

awesome pic

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted April 17, 2014

The pic is great, but - once again - I ran to the Instrument just to realize I had no idea what is going on.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted April 17, 2014

Neither do I Paul, neither do I. I think its a Queensland thing.

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pi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 17, 2014

think 'florida'

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted April 17, 2014

To explain, it's a fairly standard scenario. Our right wing state government has manufactured a bogus financial crisis. Needless to say, they reckon the 'rational' solution to the fake crisis would be the transfer of wealth from the people to the plutocracy. In this case, an asset sell-off.

Yes, the financial situation is so critical they are embarking on a massive multi-million dollar marketing blitz the like of which the battered local citizenry has not previously seen. Using every conventional and black art technique of PR trickery, this is proceeding under the wartime banner of Strong Choices.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted April 17, 2014

Thanks for the 'splanation, W.

It comforts me not at all that you lot are letting this happen in much the same way and for the same reasons we let it happen here.

pi mumbles...

Posted April 17, 2014

We learn from the masters.

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JG swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 17, 2014

Very clever. I love your ingenious writing style/s, JB. Once again, you make me laugh.

So the banana Prem and poincy Prem are together in bed, threshing out the black hole debt on roids, mouths foaming in anticipation at further cuts. Whip that cash good, fellas. Can't wait for the bedding down of the diehard state and federal budgets.

Oh yeah.

Joanna

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted April 17, 2014

CSIRO told me part of my problem is Mercury, in the physical life support system.

Am formulating treatment.

And

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Halwes puts forth...

Posted April 17, 2014

I'm not sure that I would screw around with these people. I have bad, fairly recent memories of the politicisation of the police force which seems to be at plague proportions at this time right across our country. All it takes now is for some idiot to yell " law and order" and a shitload of crap seems to descend from the heavens and fall directly on the heads of the underdogs. You remember how it was. The proof will be when the premiers' moneygrubbing mates, and there are plenty of them, form a private consortium and legally steal public assets. Who needs to keep on winning elections when your mates are rich and grateful but by then we'll have been well and truly scalped.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted April 17, 2014

I unserstand you have a wife and kids now JB.

"Free Speech" was a wank from your youth.

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted April 17, 2014

You better keep me fkn Alive

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted April 17, 2014

Part of free speech is not drowning out other voices Dino. And that's what you're doing, which is why I've been culling your comments.

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted April 17, 2014

Fairnuff,

Gave Joanna a 'ahrd time'. No one one else.

I will drown out no one any more.

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 17, 2014

And PAuls Adviice to DIVerSify?

Too Late.

My suggestion is you stay right where you are.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted April 17, 2014

well the coppers and the Law are gonna come to my place.

First Draught- On the front wall-

Steve next door is a Fuckwit

Warwick next door to him is a liar who spends time with 'childcare' on a Tuesday.

Fellatio not Horatio my anus.

Ben acroos the road uses dogs to pleasure the bitch from Israel who says she's from Brazil.

Any Questions?

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Jarrod has opinions thus...

Posted April 18, 2014

JB, I had a go last night after a few beers and solved the State's budget pretty easily. What I did was make the big mines pay some tax then fucked over all the pensioners by getting rid of all thier benefits. After all those baby boomers are fucking over us Gen Xs by destroying the pension system and making us xers work till we are 90 so I didn't feel any sypathy whatsoever.

I did like the statements that higher mining taxes might make mining companies move. What a load of bullshit, what are they going to do move the coal!!!

With the money I saved I bought some land for conversation and spent some money on education and training.

It is a ridiculous push polling stunt, but expect to see more in the future as we have polls described as consultation and democracy.

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Generation of losers

Posted April 15, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Did anybody in Generation X expect to retire at 65? Maybe not. We’ve always known the Boomers were going to swarm across the landscape like wrinkled locusts consuming everything in front of them. They got all the sweet deals and it looks like they’ll get the last one too, retiring at 65 on a publicly funded age pension.

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Varangian78 reckons...

Posted April 15, 2014

Great article JB, as true as it is concerning.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted April 15, 2014

Cheers, V.

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Halwes mutters...

Posted April 15, 2014

I've been very concerned about this issue since we robbed the upcoming generations of their ability to access their super and jacked up their retirement age until just before they are pushing up daisys. The trouble with our dumb boomer logic is that the Xers will be making the laws and writing the budgets when we are dribbling over our copy of the financial review trying vainly to remember who signs what and where on the corrupt family trust documents. I don't expect much sympathy from them and nor do we deserve it.

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JG would have you know...

Posted April 15, 2014

Baby Boomers can include those born up to 1964. I was born in 1963, so to some, I am a late, on-the-cusp Baby Boomer, while to others, I am a first-minted Gen X. You may yet call yourself a Baby Boomer, JB, although that’s unlikely. Don’t want to be old before your time.

The retirement pension age may well go up to age 70 in the next couple of years, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually edges up to age 75. My father worked until he was 75. He’s now 77. The ability to work into old age (say, to 75) comes down to individuals’ capacities to work and their state of health.

My survival mode started at age 48, when I realised I wasn’t getting any younger. For a start, I’m trying to stay as healthy and fit as I can at age 51. According to a recent bio-age test, I’m only 32. Ha. OK. I’m willing to believe that. That means I can work until I’m 100.

I turn 51 in June but I’d say my physical health is 90 per cent better than most people in my age cohort (eg I’m running my first full marathon--42.2km--in July). Nevertheless, I noticed that I started to feel older and tired easily more from around the age of 48.

Given that many people start to feel the effects of ageing from around age 48, how will many Australians cope working for another 25 or 30 years? Physically, I don’t think the majority will have the energy to work until age 70.

I don’t think working to 70 or 75 is a bad thing—it’s great if you are able to, and all power to those who can and do—but there will be many elderly people who cannot cope with the physical, mental, and emotional stresses of participating in the paid workforce.

Then again, I doubt that a lot of older people will be able to get paid work again, even part time, if they lose a job due to unforeseen circumstances such as retrenchment or further casualisation of the workforce. There is still discrimination amongst employers towards older workers. Employers simply want fresh, energetic, younger people in jobs, particularly in full-time work.

I’m not overgeneralising here: it’s a cold, hard fact. I know from my experience trying to get work once Campbell Newman retrenched all the contract/temporary public servants in Queensland. Once you’re over 45 these days, it’s tough to get work regardless of high levels of education or experience. Just don’t lose your current job. There are simply not enough jobs to go around.

Technology has killed off much of the need for workers. The workforce is shrinking in part because of our ‘smart’, technologically driven societies. There are also global influences on Australia’s workforce. It hasn’t regained equilibrium since the GFC.

There’s always volunteer work to occupy the unemployed, but that doesn’t pay the bills. If older people are forced to live on the pathetically low, barely survivable level of unemployment benefits—Newstart Allowance (or whatever it’s called in the future)—then it’s a sorry indictment on society. Is that any way to treat an older, frail generation? No respect or sense of decency, these days.

Let me exaggerate now, people, and get a bit silly. Let’s say governments of the future legalise voluntary euthanasia and encourage older, frail people to die earlier. Just get rid of the old sods. Put them to rest; encourage them to push up the daisies. Whatever. Add to that, a one baby per family stipulation, forced sterilization, and, the big whammy: World War 3. The big war should kill off millions of people and rebalance the over-population problem. Bingo! Problem solved. Sick.

Hey, I’m being sarcastic, people (if you’re sad old grey matter has not picked that up), but there’s an ugly element of truth in these comments. Overpopulation + fewer jobs + fewer working to support the older/frail/infirm = we have a problem, Houston. It is an unsustainable world we live in.

Conclusion: life wasn’t meant to be easy: suck it up. Or, alternatively, it’s a case of survival of the fittest. We will adapt. Perhaps. You decide.

Joanna G

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insomniac asserts...

Posted April 15, 2014

Why not start even earlier a la Logan's Run?

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted April 15, 2014

I hadn't of it in those terms, but a really, really interesting angle that I dont think anybody has thought about yet is the increasing ill health of Gen X and the later cohorts. Rising obesity levels in particular will constrain their ability to work later in life.

JG puts forth...

Posted April 15, 2014

I was tempted to write that obesity is the Australian norm in my comment (above), JB, but thought I'd offend too many overweight readers here.

So true. Nothing ages and limits people quicker than obesity.

Joanna ;)

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Miss maudy swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2014

I don't know about the idea of retirement being extended to 70 - I can only look at my own motley collection of Old People (of which I have more than my fair share) and say that it totally depends on the person and the work they do and their level of fitness (mental and physical). Even looking at my own friends - we're all between 40 and 50, and some of us would have another 20+ years of work in us. Some wouldn't.

This means the OPs who aren't capable of working for whatever reason are dumped onto the disability support pension (which will be cut out) or left to rot in the mire of newstart

OP #1 (male aged 74) 'retired' before he was 60 due to ill health - no way he could have worked to 70. Desk job when he was working.

OP#2 (female, aged 73) worked in a physical job well into her sixties and still does labouring every now and then.

OP#3 (female aged 72) would happily continue working now if someone would have her.

OP#4 (female aged 71) never worked a day in her life.

OP#5 (male aged 71) still pretty fit and active, did volunteering until he got sick last year.

OP#6 (male aged 69) still works to fund overseas trips and uses OP#2 as labour.

(OP#7 died aged 60, but fortunately retired at age 55 so he got to have some fun)

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted April 15, 2014

I'm aware of four people who have continued to work in offices after 65. Two are totally useless, one has some skills but causes too much damage by insulting everyone, the other works at about 40% capacity.
The superviser of one of the useless ones took a posting in probably Africa's most dangerous country just to avoid the horror of daily dealings with the oldster. I kid you not.

People have rightly made the point about the challenges for manual workers continuing on, but I can't see it being much easier for the office worker. The problem in office work these days is that, even if your desk doesn't change, your job continually does. Every few months, a new system, totally new tasks. Output, Output, Output. Every keystroke and movement logged. There is some mythical team of three people in India that you individually have to out-produce. You just get too old for it. Try as you might, you can't think as fast. At some point, about 4 system iterations ago, you just lose the thread. Maybe if they could spend the last 10 years with the same tasks, but that just won't be feasible I reckon.

Lulu reckons...

Posted April 15, 2014

w - and there are physical challenges involved with office work as well: RSI, carpal tunnel, etc etc.

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2014

You are right there, Lulu.
As health experts has stated, the office is a biologically toxic environment. Primarily, all that sitting down; bad hearts, bad backs, plus, as you say, RSI, carpal tunnel etc.
A friend of mine was considering early retirement at 55 and chatting about it while waiting for the train. Another bloke overheard him, he was older, but looked fit and healthy. He said. "Excuse me, I can't help but overhear you. I'm 61, but I retired when I turned 55. The mates around my age that I worked with, that decided to work on, they have been dying off one by one. All I can say is, if you can afford to retire, I strongly recommend it."

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2014

Yesterday I heard Kevin Andrews dolefully intoning on the need to work until at least 70.

This comfortless message reminded me of Mr. Andrews other great policy passion; keeping voluntary euthanasia illegal. Remember, back in 1996, when he rose spectre-like from the parliamentary ooze to tell us that our death will not be at a time of our own choosing, not if he has anything to do with it. With his corpse-like face and funereal voice, Mr Andrews seemed to be the embodiment of Death itself. I still get creeped out thinking about it.

So, to sum up Mr. Andrews contribution, you can't stop working and you can't die until there is utter physical collapse.
I find it hard to warm to this dude.

Halwes puts forth...

Posted April 16, 2014

I still can't believe the feds never busted me after the letter I wrote to scumbag Andrews after mum died a lingering death. Doctors do the right thing eventually by upping the morphine dose to lethal levels. Andrews and whatever wonderfully benevolent god you may worship need people to suffer painfully in an undignified manner and feed the doctors next holiday to the Algarve first. If you've got any brains then you are thinking about this stuff well before you are too incapacitated to pull your own trigger.

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Aaron is gonna tell you...

Posted April 15, 2014

Good article I was ranting with a friend about baby boomers just yesterday so it's like jb has rolled in cavalry style to back me up. The generation themselves aren't bad but the policies designed to target their particular votes have been the true danger.

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tqft puts forth...

Posted April 15, 2014

Work requires a job. What jobs?

Bunyip mutters...

Posted April 15, 2014

Yup. I've been rendered redundant by Sensible Govt(TM), so I'm basically an unskilled 50 year old. In the country.

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Darth Greybeard ducks in to say...

Posted April 15, 2014

I had my rant at Blunty but seriously, I didn't ask to be born in the Boomer demographic. We've looked after our kids as we were by our respective parents - no Winnebago, no OS holidays. We live reasonably well, paid our taxes, get zero government benefits and provide child care, interest-free loans and/or gifts. Interestingly when our bank stuffed up recently, daughter offered us $60k in a flash out of their mortgage account (we needed $10k in the end). The whole generation thing glosses over the fact that there are greedy bastards and shit parents in every generation, not just Boomers. At least part of the solution seems to me that we save compulsorily through an expanded Super scheme, with a safety net for those who can't. Until we can guarantee that all 70 year olds are mentally and physically capable of working, this simple age rise sucks. And BTW, I doubt that I'll ever get a cent from the pension and damn few benefits so I don't personally have a stake in this.

insomniac would have you know...

Posted April 15, 2014

If both my grandmother and father develop Parkinsons while in their 60s, what are my chances of working until I'm 70.

Darth Greybeard reckons...

Posted April 16, 2014

Exactly. Also to the above rant, we raised the first two kids and managed the mortgage on just my salary - women had to resign when married in them days. Not because we were bleeding marvellous but because you could do that then. By the time No.3 arrived, not so easy and like many others she returned to work when he was kindy age. Facts of life, each generation does what it can with conditions at the time, but we don't control those conditions. But she also salary sacrificed a high percentage into Super which is why we're now able to live in reasonable comfort. Industry Super - it's da bomb. But if it were centrally organised by the Feds as in the US, it could cover those who can't get jobs, are frequently out of work etc. Civilisation is having each others backs and sharing the loot. Or something like that.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 16, 2014

That's socialism, and that makes it evil.

damian ducks in to say...

Posted April 16, 2014

How come the devil's got all the good tunes?

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2014

Hey JB,

I recall your article about "Greedy Hippies Stealing Electrons'.

This Fuckwit who live across the road from me claimed the solar panels and solar hot water were an 'eyesore'.

Yep.

What can I say.

Fuckwit.

Am leaving the neighbourhood.

Will confront him shortly.

I ripped the inverters out of the wall and smashed them on the streer.

I am sure he saw them.

No response.

Another Jew coward.

Seeking locale` with integrity.

Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted April 15, 2014

Yeah so for a year or two the inverters have not been connected to the panels.

No Income.

Paying full electricity prices.

Wanna see him suck my dick?

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Lulu reckons...

Posted April 15, 2014

The comments on BT made me think of the 'four Yorkshiremen' sketch:

"We used to live in this tiny old tumbled down house with great big holes in the roof."

"House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, half the floor was missing, and we were all ‘uddled together in one corner for fear of falling."

"Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in the corridor!"

"Oh, we used to dream of livin’ in a corridor! Would have been a palace to us."

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Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted April 15, 2014

The comments on BT made me think of the 'four Yorkshiremen' sketch:

"We used to live in this tiny old tumbled down house with great big holes in the roof."

"House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, half the floor was missing, and we were all ‘uddled together in one corner for fear of falling."

"Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in the corridor!"

"Oh, we used to dream of livin’ in a corridor! Would have been a palace to us."

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted April 15, 2014

Captain,

Some ignoramus mentoned Houston.

I will adjust the Haarp Frequency.(The Wave JB, the wave).

My associates in Austin are enquiring as to whether we need extra voltage.

ACDC HIgh Voltage.

The offer is there.

I have thanked them and the staff at JPL.

Next fuckwit that mentions Houston may recieve a headache...

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John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2014

Too much, Dino. Too much.

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted April 15, 2014

Aye Aye Captain,

But Honestly who need more than Kiss and Madonna?

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted April 16, 2014

You know the first time I remember going to UNSW was when I was 10 years old.

Yep.

Buncha brass uniforms told me I should study physics and chemistry.

I asked them why I couldn't do what they were doing?

Since they had no fucking idea about physics and chemistry.

Oxymoron?

Fuck yeah.

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted April 16, 2014

Signal to noise ratio, Dino. Signal to noise.

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Aaron mumbles...

Posted April 16, 2014

Well it's certainly generated so e healthy and not so healthy debate. I like greybeards thoughts.

As mentioned who will employ someone at 65 let alone 55? I can see a future where you will have to present a medical along w your resume, assuming they even look at it.

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Queensland powers into the 20th century with coffee carts

Posted April 10, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

If course, it's too late me. But the hovercraft has its own espresso bar. The Bunnies make a very nice piccolo. But I suppose its nice for the little people.

At Blunty.

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Anthony reckons...

Posted April 10, 2014

Living here in beautiful Bruns-a-wick where first class coffee abounds (and we have a couple of excellent local breweries), I don't have those third-world issues that you have in Queensland.

And when I ride my motorcycle down Lygon Street to the city early in the morning I can get a double dose of caffeine just by breathing in (and I don't have to worry about being stopped and told to strip so they can photograph my non-existent tattoos to see if I'm a "criminal"). And when I get to Minotaur books in the city I can park the bike on the footpath and browse at my leisure for the latest works specially flown in from afar.

So what if the weather can be awful. All I need to do is wait half an hour and it changes...

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Posted April 10, 2014

JB, I hesitate to comment - first world problem? I assume you can get a decent piccolo at Toowong?

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