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27 July 2009

Support for lowering Australia's voting age to 16

The Australian newspaper reports today the Federal Government is considering lowering the voting age to 16.

Some of the individual states in the US are already considering, or implementing, a lower voting age.

The voting age was last changed across Australia 35 years ago as it became obvious that younger, more-mature individuals had the capacity to take on the responsibilities of adulthood prior to the age of 21.

I first advocated reducing the voting age to 16 almost 20 years ago and again promoted the idea in March 2008.

Modern sixteen year olds have the commonsense, maturity and interest in community issues to justify a reduction in the voting age to 16.

The only real question is:

How soon will it happen?

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25 July 2009

RUGBY UNION: Goodna meets Taylor Bridge

Under 8 Goodna Rugby Union player Francis Ka scores against Taylor Bridge in Brisbane this morning.


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24 July 2009

JB HI-FI upsets customers by skirting around the Trade Practices Act

JB HI-FI sure knows how to upset customers.

Its latest catalogue proudly proclaims on page 2 that customers can get a free Wii Sports Resort by trading in "2 Wii games"*.

That's right. There's a tiny asterisk which takes you to te bottom of the page in even tinier print - which almost needs a magnifying glass to read - which has a list of rules and requirements and at the end it states:

"Some exclusions may apply, for a detailed list go to www.jbhifi.com.au/games/tradeins"

That's fair enough. There must always be some exceptions or exclusions to offers which seem too good to be true because they usually are!

One parent - a long-time large spending JB HI-FI customer - who thought he was doing the right thing this week by his Wii-fanatic son made a 34km round trip into JB HI-FI's Riverlink store in Ipswich to take advantage of the advertised offer.

He was flatly refused because the 2 exchange Wii games were not in their original packaging!

The young boy was in tears thanks to this insidious and deceptive advertising.

This was hardly classifiable in a legal sense as simply an "exclusion". It was apparently a fundamental requirement of the offer to obtain the free Wii device and should have been clearly and specifically mentioned in the body of the actual advertisement.

This is a new derivative of the old "bait and switch" advertising technique in the 1970s - hook 'em in and try to flog them something else when the original offer is unavailable or wrapped up in a myriad of impossible conditions.

So what does the JB HI-FI website say about the conditions of trade?

Again, in tiny tiny print, customers are told they must provide the original case and manual.

There is nothing about this in the main glossy advertisement which has been used to deliberately suck customers into JB HI-FI stores.

It seems the main trade-in requirement has been deliberately left out to induce customers to come to a store to be told the bad news.

The ACCC needs to crack down on this sort of trickery.
Customers who travel in good faith over long distances are being duped by these fine print exclusion clauses.

JB HI-FI has a legal and moral duty to comply with section 52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 which outlaws "misleading or deceptive" conduct in trade or commerce.

The ACCC must take legal action against these unscrupulous practices which are constantly conning Australian consumers.


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23 July 2009

Double prang on Ipswich Motorway at Redbank inbound to Brisbane

PIC: Traffic is banked back to Dinmore as a result of this morning's double accident at Redbank.


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22 July 2009

Springfield in 50 years!

I wonder!


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Queensland Government moves to clean up taxi industry

The Queensland Transport Minister Rachel Nolan has announced a crackdown on shonky, ill-trained taxi drivers.

This is one of the best moves in a long time by any Government to weed out unacceptable practices in the taxi industry.

This is the full text of the Minister's Media Release:

Minister for Transport

The Honourable Rachel Nolan

22/07/2009

MYSTERY SHOPPERS TO TEST TAXI PROGRESS

A team of "mystery shoppers" will help monitor customer experience under a reform package to Queensland's taxi industry announced by Transport Minister Rachel Nolan today.

Ms Nolan said the mystery shoppers would assist in creating a feedback loop which would provide valuable insight into the ongoing progress of the proposed changes.

"The two highest profile changes are the creation of a minimum age for taxi drivers of 20 years old and the requirement to have been driving in Australia for at least 12 months," Ms Nolan said.

"The mystery shopper will allow us to monitor the effectiveness of these and other changes within the package and to get some first-hand customer experience.

"Ms Nolan said she had been greatly disappointed to hear that some cabbies have been targeted for abuse and marginalisation recently but it had only made her more determined to deliver on her promise to reform the industry.

"Let me be very clear in my message to those people who might have a racial motivation in their criticism of cab drivers and cab companies in recent months - we are only concerned with improving customer service standards and safety standards.

"By setting a high but consistent bar across the industry, I am saying to the taxi passengers that the State Government supports their expectation of a high quality service.

"By restoring community confidence in the authorisation of taxi drivers, I aim to protect foreign drivers from some of the unfair criticism that have been levelled against them."

Ms Nolan said that reforms in the taxi industry were one of the first commitments she made when she become Transport Minister in March this year.

"Concerns were raised with the taxi industry and, from the outset, I made a commitment to listening to all parts of the industry - not just the owners and industry bodies but the customers and drivers themselves," Ms Nolan said.

Ms Nolan said the shake-up of the taxi industry followed several months of investigating concerns from taxi industry representatives and members of the public about a lowering of driver and industry standards.

"I instigated a Taxi Hotline earlier this year to take community feedback on the industry to determine if changes were needed and in which areas," Ms Nolan said.

"The complaints from the Hotline have focused on a lack of appropriate taxi driver training, pre-requisite driver licence history and local knowledge as well as taxi industry service standards in general.

"The reforms I'm announcing today will address each of these areas and have a real and lasting impact on our State's taxi industry."

Minister Nolan has also confirmed that the Taxi Hotline will continue until the end of the year and quarterly surveys will be conducted to continue to gather community feedback to guide future compliance priorities.

"Furthermore, we're taking these reforms directly to the road as well, introducing a mobile taxi compliance unit," Ms Nolan said.

"This unit of dedicated taxi compliance officers will have vehicles out on the roads targeting taxis and their drivers, creating a more visible compliance presence.

"By implementing this range of initiatives, Queenslanders can look forward to a rejuvenated taxi industry and a safe, reliable and comfortable journey whenever they take a cab."

Reform package:

Driver Authority Eligibility Criteria

• Introduce a mandatory eligibility requirement for an applicant for a driver authorisation (taxi) to have held an Australian issued driver licence for at least one year.

• Introduce a minimum age requirement for applicants for a driver authorisation (taxi) of 20 years.

• Introduce a requirement for an applicant for a driver authorisation (taxi) to have undertaken an English proficiency assessment using the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) provided by an accredited ISLPR assessor.

National Training Standards

• Queensland introduce the national training framework and core taxi driver training competencies developed through the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (once approved by the Australian Transport Council).

• Introduce a requirement that the Department of Transport and Main Roads will only recognise taxi driver training provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

• Queensland requests that the National Taxi Regulators' Group commence a second phase training framework project to develop a national position on refresher training to complement the national training package.

If there is limited support at a national level for this project, Queensland will examine this issue independently with the taxi industry.

Industry Compliance

• Introduce targeted taxi compliance unit in Queensland.

• Gather information about community perceptions of taxi standards to guide future compliance priorities by:

continued monitoring of the taxi complaints hotline until 1 January 2010;

mystery shopper feedback;

Quarterly Neilson survey data.

Industry Engagement

• Establish a Taxi Industry Advisory Committee to guide the development and delivery of the taxi Industry Strategic Plan and provide advice to government on key issues for the taxi industry.

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21 July 2009

Ipswich claims World Lamington Record

PIC: Seven years' old James
Tully from St Augustine's
College at Augustine Heights
in Ipswich about to savour
the delights of the world's
largest lamington.


It's official.

Ipswich has won the title for the largest lamington in the world.

The monster lamington weighed in this morning at the Ipswich Turf Club at a whopping 1.32 tonnes, eclipsing the previous one tonne record set in Melbourne in 2005.

The super-sized lamington is equivalent to 20,894 standard lamingtons.

The giant lamington, named after Lord Lamington Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901, was made from 230 litres of water, 200 litres of eggs, 535 kg of sponge mix, plus 68kg of desiccated coconut, 75kg of jam, and 150 kg of chocolate lamington mix.

The unveiling of the lamington was witnessed by Lord Lamington's great grandchildren Alex Scrimgeour and Belinda Leigh who had travelled from the UK for the event.

Celebrity chef Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said the gigantic lamington was a work of art which had taken three days to prepare.

"This record will be difficult to break given the culinary dexterity needed to put this giant lamington together," Cr Tully said.

The creator of the Australian icon Lord Lamington once described them as "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".


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19 July 2009

Goodna Off Leash Dog park proves popular with local residents

PIC: Kids and dogs have fun at the Goodna Off Leash Dog Park

Ipswich City Council's Off Leash Dog Park at Brisbane Terrace Goodna is proving popular with local dog owners.

It is located next to the Cherokee Farm Dog Farm near Woogaroo Creek just past the Royal Mail Hotel, heading towards Wacol.

The facility is free.

There is water for the dogs and the facility is set in a safe and friendly environment.

You can even sit and relax under the shelter shed and watch the kangaroos across the road at the Wolston Park Golf Course.

There are plastic bags for users to pick up any doggy doo!


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Ipswich Motorway cross-link takes shape at Goodna and Gailes

PIC: The new bridge across the Ipswich Motorway and
the Ipswich Railway line linking Old Logan Road
Gailes and Brisbane Tce Goodna


The new bridge - which will provide a much-needed inter-suburban link for the people of Gailes and Camira - is about to become a reality.

It is part of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade from Wacol to Goodna which is due to open in about 3 months.

This new cross-railway link restores a connection between the two suburbs which was closed in December 1955 when the new Cunningham Highway (now the Ipswich Motorway) was opened through Gailes and Goodna.

Up until 1955, Brisbane Terrace between Goodna and Redbank was part of the main highway from Brisbane to Toowoomba.

Special thanks are due to the Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll and the State Members for Bundamba and Inala Jo-Ann Miller and Annastacia Palaszczuk for their consistent support in backing this important project.


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2009 Gymkhana starts at Augustine Heights

The annual Redbank Plains Goodna Pony Club Gymkhana opened this morning with a tremendous presentation from clubs around Ipswich and southeast Queensland.


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Media Release: Ipswich backs new tree and fence laws

New Queensland laws to resolve neighbourhood disputes over dividing fences and nuisance trees have won the backing of Ipswich City Council.

Ipswich Planning spokesman Paul Tully said existing laws were inadequate to deal with complex issues over dividing fences.

Cr Tully said during his 30 years in local government, fights over fences and nuisance trees had escalated in the community.

"Some dodgy developers are now taking advantage of existing laws to force neighbours to pay for new fences required under planning approvals for adjoining land.

"They are making millions out of their developments and are trying to pass the costs onto local residents.

"One resident at Bellbird Park was threatened with legal action by a developer if he didn't agree to pay for an expensive boundary fence for the sole benefit of the developer."

Cr Tully said disputes about overhanging trees, dangerous trees and invasive tree roots were also on the increase.

"Many property owners ignore the problem forcing their neighbours into taking expensive legal action in the Supreme Court.

"Most affected property owners cannot afford this.

"These new laws will solve many community disputes in Queensland's 73 local government areas," Cr Tully said.


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18 July 2009

World Record Lamington Attempt in Ipswich - More than a tonne!

PIC: Cr Paul Tully with a super sized lamington!


‪‪The Ipswich Turf Club will host Tuesday's record attempt to create the world's largest lamington.‬‪ ‬‪

The event is the brainchild of Ipswich Councillor and local historian Paul Tully and Mayor Paul Pisasale both of whom have secured their own claim to fame in the Guinness Book of Records.‬‪ ‬‪

As a 17 year old University of Queensland student in 1969, Paul Tully became the world potato crisp eating champion downing 30 packets of crisps in 24 minutes 33.6 seconds without a drink.‬‪ ‬‪

Eating records were removed from official Guinness records in 1990 with Cr Tully retiring undefeated as the world champion.‬‪ ‬‪

Two years ago, Mayor Paul Pisasale became the proud owner of the largest tea set collection in the world, a feat formally recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.  ‬‪

On Tuesday - Australia's National Lamington Day - the political duo's culinary skills will combine with a team of professional chefs to create a monster lamington in excess of one tonne, half the size of a family sedan and the equivalent of more than 20,000 standard size lamingtons.‬‪ ‬‪

Cr Tully has been researching the history of the Australian lamington for more than a decade.‬‪ ‬‪

"The most-plausible theory is they were named after Lord Lamington, Queensland Governor from 1896 to 1901, when a maid-servant accidentally dropped some sponge cake in melted chocolate and then tossed the concoction into some desiccated coconut to hide her embarrassment.‬‪" ‬‪

He said they were an instant hit at Government House in Brisbane with Lord Lamington once describing them as "those poofy woolly biscuits".‬‪ ‬‪

At the 1998 Constitutional Convention in Canberra, lamingtons featured in the debate on the merits of an Australian republic with Cr Tully - an elected Queensland delegate - calling Lord Lamington's gastronomic creation as the "one, solitary positive achievement of any governor since the First Fleet arrived in 1788".‬‪ ‬‪ 

Now, the humble Aussie lamington - which has raised millions of dollars over the past 100 years for scouts, schools and sporting groups - is known throughout the states and territories of Australia, New Zealand, the United States and even South Africa but is a relative rarity in Mother England!


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Ipswich's eastern suburbs cold today

The minimum temperature at Goodna this morning was 3 degrees. That's cold!


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16 July 2009

Local Ipswich suburban temperatures a touch warmer this morning.

The minimum temperature at Goodna this morning at 5.00am was 3 degrees.

At 6.15am, it was 5 degrees.


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14 July 2009

Great Australian Petrol Ripoff continues

PIC: Channel 7 news continues to expose
the great Australian
petrol ripoff!


The ACCC does nothing.

Joe Dimasi, the Petrol Commissioner does nothing.

It might need People Power - similar to that which has occurred in New Zealand - to bring the rapacious oil companies to heel!


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Are the NSW Cockroaches tough enough to run the gauntlet of Caxton St?

The Maroons are reinstating the traditional Caxton Street bus ride to Suncorp Stadium in the pre-match build-up to tomorrow night's State of Origin.

What's the bet that the Cockroaches won't be doing the same?

If they did, they'd be lucky to make it past the old Police Barracks on Petrie Terrace.

No, you can be sure the Cockies will sneak through the usual back blocks and dingy alleyways of suburban Brisbane to get to the Cauldron for their third successive defeat this year.


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New scam hits Australia's Internet users today

This is the latest scam hitting Australia.

Be warned and warn your friends:


To: freelottclaims@w.cn

Reply to: You are a winner of two million in the free lottery.

From: Brisson, Mr. Gerald

Contact for claim below Mr. Gerald Brisson,

Email: freelottclaims@w.cn

Name
Address
Age
Occupation
Country

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Work progresses quickly on the Ipswich Motorway

PIC: Today's picture of the Ipswich Motorway at Goodna looking east
towards Stuart Street.


The pace of the upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway from Goodna to Dinmore
is quickening.

The project is planned to take 4 years.

This will make the link from Brisbane to Ipswich one of the best
inter-city links in Queensland.


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Swiss lottery scam hits Australia

A fresh internet scam has hit Australia overnight.

It's another blatant ripoff of Aussie battlers which should be stopped by the Federal Government exercising its powers over Internet Service Providers.

This is the latest scam email:


ce.0381771u@ac-grenoble.fr

Swiss programme

SWISS ON-LINE LOTTERY
P O Box 1010 Liverpool,
L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM

We are pleased to inform you that your e-mail address
has won the Year Swiss On-line Lottery.

Therefore you have
been approved for a lump sum payout ( £750,000.00 )
Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling.

The online cyber lotto
draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 21,000 email addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet, no tickets were sold.

After this automated
computer ballot, your e-mail ID emerged as one of the
winners in the 3rd category.

You are therefore been approve to lump sum of £750,000.00(GBP).

To file and claim your winning, please contact our Fiduciary Agent for the processing of your winning particulars, with the
following information's below.

United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary Contact Person:

Mr. Darrell Scholes

E-mail address: darrell_scholes014@yahoo.com
Tel: +447035986795


Provide him with the information below:

1.Full Name:..................................
2.Full Address:.............................
3.Status:.......................................
4.Occupation:................................
5.Age:...........................................
6.Sex:...........................................
7.Country:.....................................
8.Tel.Number:................................
9.Country Of Residence....................


Congratulations once more from all members
and staff of this program.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dana Grey

2009 Lottery Winner

...............................


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11 July 2009

Fake Sudanese scam hits Australia

Scam emails are flooding Australia again.

What is the Federal Government doing via ISPs to block these insidious emails which are financially destroying innocent Australian families?

Consumer Watch spokesman Paul Tully says: "It's time for the Federal government to act against these internet fraudsters who are ripping off innocent victims day after day".

This is the latest scam:


Hello Dear 

I know that this mail might come to you as a surprise because you don't know me and I don't know you too.

My name is Sana Mohamed Atif , I am 24 years old girl and an orphan from Sudan.

My late father Mr Mohamed Atif was the deputy general manager with CNPC oil company at Khartoum refinery in Sudan.

My late father was killed alongside with my beloved mother and our family house burnt down by the rebels during the last crisis in my country when Janjaweed militant came to our house, and this was what sent me away from my country to Burkina Faso as I made my escape only by God's special grace.

You can read more about my country in the bbc news

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6469857.stm 

I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which I am receiving from my step mother.

She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father.

Meanwhile I wanted to travel to Europe, but she hide away my international passport and other valuable documents.

Luckily she did not discover where I kept my father's File which contained important documents.

Now I am presently staying in the Mission in Burkina Faso.

I am seeking for long term relationship and investment assistance.

My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$ 8.5 Million in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin.

I had contacted the Bank to clear the deposit but the Branch Manager told me that being a refugee, my status according to the local law does not authorize me to carry out the operation.

However, he advised me to provide a trustee who will stand on my behalf.

I had wanted to inform my stepmother about this deposit but I am afraid that she will not offer me anything after the release of the money. 

Therefore, I decide to seek for your help in transferring the money into your bank account while I will relocate to your country and settle down with you.

As you indicated your interest to help me I will give you the account number and the contact of the bank where my late beloved father deposited the money with my name as the next of kin.

It is my intention to compensate you with 20% of the total money for your assistance and the balance shall be my investment in any profitable venture which you will recommend to me as have no any idea about foreign investment.

Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes. 

Thanking you a lot in anticipation of your quick response.

I will send you details in my next email for you to know me well.

I am waiting for your reply,

Best regards,

Sana Mohamed


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10 July 2009

LJ Hooker Office in Ipswich blessed by Buddhist Monks

PIC: Today's blessing at Augustine Heights


The new LJ Hooker Office at Augusta Parkway Augustine Heights was blessed by Buddhist Monks this morning.

A welcome addition to Greater Goodna.


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Sent via BlackBerry® from Telstra

09 July 2009

Pedestrian lights at Augustine Heights due to be turned on tomorrow

The new pedestrian-activated traffic signals on Augusta Parkway at Augustine Heights, adjacent to St Augustine's College, are due to be turned on by close of business Friday 10 July 2009.

These lights will make it safer for school students and adults to cross from Brookwater to Augustine Heights.


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Traffic lights for dangerous Goodna intersection

PIC: Cnr Smiths Road and Albert Street Goodna


New traffic lights are being installed by Ipswich City Council at the corner of Smiths Road and Albert Street Goodna.

The work is funded under the Federal Government's Blackspot funding program.

This intersection - on the crest of a hill - has been the scene of many accidents over the years, often involving speed or lack of care.

Another set of traffic signals is also planned at the nearby Smiths Road and William Street intersection.


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Traffic lights now operating at Bertha and Mill Streets Goodna

PIC: New traffic signals at Bertha St Goodna looking north towards the Ipswich Motorway.


The new traffic signals at the corner of Bertha St and Mill St Goodna commenced operation yesterday.

They replace the two stop signs in Mill St.

Another set of traffic signals is about to be installed outside the BP Service Station at the corner of Bertha St and Brisbane Road as part of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade.

Further traffic signals are planned to be installed this financial year at the following locations:

• Cnr Alice St & Newman St Gailes

• Cnr Old Logan Road & Formation St Camira

• Cnr Smiths Road & William St Goodna

• Cnr Smiths Road & Albert St Goodna

• Cnr Jones Road & Augusta Parkway Bellbird Park

• Pedestrian signals Augusta Parkway Augustine Heights adjacent to St Augustine's College

Traffic lights have recently been commissioned at Eagle St & Kruger Pde Bellbird Park.

The Department of Main Roads is also reviewing a possible upgrade of Smiths Road at Goodna to link St Ives Shopping Centre with Redbank Plaza.

The proposal includes traffic signals at the corner of Smiths Road and Stuart Street Goodna.


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08 July 2009

Fair Pay Commission should be renamed Unfair Pay Commission

With prices rising and the cost of living increasing, the decision by Australia's Fair Pay Commission to freeze wages for up to 12 months is a totally unjust decision.

This is the first time in 27 years that the minimum pay rate for Australian workers has been frozen.

The Fair Pay Commission is headed by Professor Ian Harper, the same buffoon who said when he was first appointed he would pray to God for divine intervention in his pay decisions.

Now, the Nutty Professor has ignored the submission of the Federal Government and sided with big industry, to deny any increase to Australia's lowest-paid workers.

Professor Harper earns $124,990 a year as the part-time Fair Pay Commissioner but thankfully he is quitting the Commission at the end of July, just in time before the unions tarred and feathered him.

The Federal Government is scrapping the Fair Pay Commission and replacing it with a system based on fairness, openness and accountability - not some crazy, knee-jerk process controlled by St Peter in heaven and controlled by disciple Harper.


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07 July 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Telstra in major backdown on overseas call centre in Manila

Following hundreds of complaints across Australia from individuals and major corporations, Telstra has scrapped its offshore paging call centre in downtown Manila in the Philippines.

Since January - except for a few exclusive Australian corporate clients who complained bitterly - all Telstra Memo calls were unanswered by poorly trained Filipino staff whose skills in Tagalog far exceeded their English language ability.

Telstra customers have complained non-stopped of messages with wrong numbers, wrong names, mis-spelt and confusing word combinations being received.
The past 6 months has been utter pandemonium for Telstra customers.

The offshore experiment - which saved a few dollars for Telstra and enabled them to pay their former CEO Sol Trujillo a King's Ransom each year - has been officially scrapped.

Telstra is reverting to an Ausralian-based 24/7 operation from early August.
Consumer Watch spokesman said Telstra's decision in January to scrap its Australian Memo paging serving operation was the strangest decision ever made by the telecommunications giant.

"Sanity has prevailed in Telstra only after they realised the magnitude of their stupidity," Paul Tully said.


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Goodna temperatures still cold today

The minimum temperature recorded at Goodna at 4.00am this morning was 0 degrees. At 6.30am, the temperature was 12 degrees.

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06 July 2009

Ipswich temperatures remain low

The temperature at Goodna at 6am was 1 degree.

By 6.30am, it had risen to 2 degrees.


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05 July 2009

Traffic lights at cnr Mill and Bertha Sts Goodna almost finished

PIC: Workers finish the new traffic lights at Mill and Bertha Streets Goodna.

The new traffic lights at the corner of Mill St and Bertha St should be operational next week.

When completed, they will improve the safety of this intersection considerably.

When the Goodna to Gailes section of the Ipswich Motorway opens later this year, Bertha St will link under the Ipswich Motorway and the railway line with Layard St where a new roundabout is being built at the corner of Woogaroo Street.

The Motorway upgrade includes new traffic signals at the BP Service Station at the corner of Bertha St and Brisbane Road.


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Ipswich temperatures plummet as winter weather sets in

The minimum temperature recorded at Goodna this morning at 6.00am was 1 degree.

If this cold snap continues, we can expect light frosts in coming days.

The only good news is that winter officially ends in another 8 weeks.


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03 July 2009

Winter weather hits Ipswich!

If the clear skies remain and the strong winds die down, tomorrow could be the coldest morning of the year in Ipswich.

02 July 2009

No Free Flow tolling on most booths on the Logan Motorway!

Free flow tolling commenced on 1 July on the Gateway and Logan Motorways.

But at the first toll plaza on the Logan Motorway, only one of the four booths is a free flow, drive-straight-through arrangement.

This means that drivers who have done the right thing and pre-purchased a transponder have to join a lengthy single-file queue, while the motoring recalcitrants have the easy choice of THREE lanes.

Something doesn't make sense with this arrangement.

Sure, there needs to be some temporary measure for the drivers who still have to buy a transponder but the number of available lanes should be reversed so that the people who have done the right thing, get a smooth and easy ride through at least three of the lanes at the toll plaza.

Why should drivers without transponders have the choice of three lanes while the ones with transponders get the rough end of the Motorway pineapple.

Bloody hopeless!



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KFC at Grand Plaza need a rocket - Is it the most-unsanitary KFC in Australia?

Imagine this.

The console operator at your local KFC who puts the meals together, picking up all sorts of packets and utensils and cups and lids, suddenly wipes away a piece of slimy mucous from her nose with her right index finger and then asks the next customer for their order.

The customer politely points out that she should wash her hands before proceeding to serve customers.

The operator give the customer a dirty look as she proceeds to wash her hands.

The customer asks if her training included the legal requirement that staff involved in handling food must wash their hands every time they touch their hair, nose or mouth with their fingers.

The operator replies that there was no such training involving health and sanitation issues.

Well, don't imagine anymore.
It actually happened this evening to a customer at Grand Plaza at Browns Plains!

Errors and mistakes can sometimes happen, but basic health issues must be a number one priority in all fast food outlets.

The fact that the KFC at Browns Plains is failing to give even basic training to the staff on key health issues should be of serious concern to the company, the public and the Logan City Council.


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Media Release: Dust storm envelops Ipswich region


PIC:: Ipswich Motorway at Goodna looking towards Brisbane early this afternoon.
 
 
A major duststorm has moved across Ipswich and the western suburbs.
 
It is understood it started in South Australia with strong winds fanning it into southern Queensland across the Brisbane metropolitan area.
 
Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said the dust storm was intense from Goodna to Grandchester.
 
Cr Tully said very strong winds were moving the dust storm across the Ipswich region towards Brisbane.
 
"This is one of the worst dust storms in southeast Queensland for many years.
 
"It appears to be intensifying in the area between Boonah and Gatton as it moves towards Ipswich and Brisbane," Cr Tully said.

01 July 2009

Woolworths and Caltex ripping off Ipswich customers again!

Mr Ken Markwell from the Ipswich suburb of Leichhardt has rung to say that on Sunday 28 June 2009, petrol at the Woolworths Caltex at Brassall in Ipswich was $1.21/litre.

5 hours later at the Caltex Woolworths servo in Warwick, it was $1.08/litre and has been for the past 5 weeks.

Typical price gouging which will get worse from today!

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KFC - Six of one, half a dozen of the other!

PIC: KFC upsetting another customer.


The following letter appears in today's Queensland Times in Ipswich:

"WHY can I not get six drumsticks when I order them from KFC? Is there an unwritten law I don't know about?
ANON"

Yes, KFC. Why?


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