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Amazing Australian Situations
Too many koalas on Kangaroo Island, should they be shot?
Late 2002 Australia was bracing itself for a terrorist attack,
the fear was that intense the government even spent a few million dollars
on fridge magnets telling you what to do in the event of an attack so
Australian women would be reminded of it every time they got their husband
another cold beer from the fridge.
Many people are surprised to hear that Australia's history
includes the phenomena of "black birding", a local version of
the slave trade that occurred on American plantations in the early days
of settlement there.
While koalas might be endangered in some parts of Australia, in Kangaroo Island there are too many! This presents a huge dilemma to local National Parks Rangers. If they are left to multiply they will exhaust food supplies and this will cause all koalas to starve, they are too cute and loved to start shooting them, they are too uncooperative to feed them the birth control pill, and you can not simply relocate them as they have quite a complex family life.
Cape Tribulation in the Daintree, victimized by subsequent governments to live without mains electricity in the 21st century!
Everywhere around Australia where there is an indigenous
community of a few dozen people the authorities normally place a generator
and install a i grid to distribute electricity to their houses.
This map shows how Ergon operates 33 remote standalone power systems around Queensland, mainly in indigenous communities. It is a grave injustice that the Daintree community has had to suffer the lack of electricity and the resulting energy poverty all those years!
No swingers in Cairns
The councillors in Cairns have some strange priorities. On the one hand they are spending their rate payers hard earned dollars on a 'Pink Guide' to attract gay tourists with big dollars, on the other hand they have gone flat out closing 'Bella Vista', locally well known for being a 'swinger B&B'. Now if you're promoting your city to gay men, who will no doubt be having sex between scuba diving and Skyrail, why stop straight people from doing it with eachother?
Oil tankers and the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is recognized as the world's largest
living coral system and its uniqueness and value is undisputed. So many
people are surprised when they hear that shipping lanes run right through
the Marine Park. You would think it would make sense to send ships right
around the Marine Park at a safe distance but as often happens in life
commercial interests are more powerful so now all sorts of ships from
cargo to oil and fuel prefer to weave their way through the 1600 reefs
that run for 2300 km from Bundaberg to the top of Cape York instead of
just going in a straight line around the outside of the Marine Park. Everytime
a ship runs on the reef, which has happened several times over the last
few years, people call for ships to be banned from the Marine Park but
also everytime nothing happens and the storm dies down again. Ships have
to use pilots supplied by the authorities but even that didn't stop a
fueltanker from running on the reef in 2002, luckily it did not lose its
cargo and so far it has only been sheer luck that no disaster has happened
that could do irreversible damage to this unique place.
Unless you have been in a Nullarbor cave for the last few
years you would have heard about the holiday from hell that Schapelle
Corby is having in Bali. When she arrived at Bali airport an airport official
found 4.1 kg. of marijuana in her bag. Schapelle claims to know nothing
about this, which makes sense, as why would you carry water to the sea?
Normally drugs are smuggled the other way, the street market value of
this marijuana is far and far higher in Australia than in Bali.
Just after the verdict many furious Australians rang aid-organizations to demand back their money they had generously pledged to Indonesia after the tsunami, though when it was explained to them that this would only hurt people not related to this case they changed their mind again.
Soon after the verdict of 20 years the website Banbali.com came online where you could register your pledge not to go there . They suggested you go to Fiji or Hawaii instead, we'd like to say stay in Australia, the north of Australia has the same climate, thanks to Richard Branson the flights are cheap now, the food won't give you Bali Belly and if baggagehandlers use your bags to ship drugs at least you can spend your time in a comfy Aussie jail close to home! Australia has some great destinations!!!
The Banbali website only lasted a couple of days as governments were very unhappy with it and hackers kept putting rude images on it so it is now no longer online, but you can go to the website her family set up; Dontshootschapelle.com
In 1982 Torres Strait ( North Queensland) resident Eddie
Mabo and a few others of the Meriam tribe took their case to the High
Court to clarify their right to their own traditional land. Up till then
Australian law had worked on the principal of Terra Nullius, presuming
nobody owned Australia at the time of Cook's landing, perhaps because
Aborigines were nomadic and did not fill the landscape with fences,houses
and all the infra structure ususall visible where people live.
Medical indemnity crisis
We still need to do some research on this but the basic
story is that through major mismanagement a huge insurance company that
insured just about all Australian doctors and anyone to do with the medical
business suddenly collapsed and many people in the medical profession
refused to work, or went into early retirement not wiling to work without
Missing Rockhampton teenager
Rockhampton teenager Natasha Ryan disappeared from her home
in August 1998.
Another one we still have to do some research on to get the exact facts together but the basic story is that somewhere in the late 1980s all pilots in Australia ( on the big airines anyway) wanted a payrise. As usually happens the employers weren't too keen on it and it developed into a huge standoff coming to a point where the airlines said; right, tomorrow you're back at work or you're fired. Guess what, they didn't come to work the next day so they were all sacked and for quite some time there were no domestic flights. The tourism industry, especially in remote places like north Queensland and Northern Territory, went into a huge crisis and many people spent many hours and days taking the bus across Australia. Bit by bit the airlines managed to hire new pilots from overseas and from previous employees that broke ranks with the unions, and were wiling to risk death threats from angry ex-colleagues.
Sheep ship saga
Australia exports live sheep to the Middle East so the Muslims
there can be assured they are slaughtered the halal way but in august
2003 Saudi Arabia refused a shipment because they were of the opinion
the sheep were diseased. The Australian government swung into action and
tried unsuccesfully to find another buyer but in the end the poor sheep
spent 11 weeks at sea while they were offered free of charge to 57 different
countries until finally Eritrea accepted them on the condition Australia
paid for their food and another million dollars for unloading expenses.
More than 5000 sheep died in this saga that cost Australia about $10 million.
If this solution had not been found then the sheep would have been brought
to the Cocos Islands, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean with
no real port or unloading facilities to speak of, so that could have been
The Aussie "terrorist"
24 year old Melbourne boy David Hicks was looking for adventure
back in 2000 and went to do a bit of military training in Afghanistan.
He was enjoying himself playing soldier until the Americans invaded and
dragged him off to Guantanamo Bay where he spent the next eight years
which was a lot less fun.
You heard of ( or are involved ) in some amazing Australian situation? Then contact us!