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Team Australia F*%K Yeah – A product range for the 2014 Aussie Patriot.

We all remember the Be Alert fridge magnets that didn’t work… well these stickers do. They will stick, unlike those Howard era magnets that really didn’t magnet.

Of course, the home isn’t the only place to can avoid not showing what a Team Australia player you are. Why not wear your pride on your front. T-shirts or hoodies… why not mix and match, with a t-shirt under the your Hoodie. A true Team Australia Player would you know.

After a hard day at the office not generating any metadata, one needs to relax, and a Team Australia Pillow is just the thing.

Then when you are out buying your Australian Made products, from companies that would never track every purchase you make, you will need to put them in a bag. This bag has been proved not to generate metadata for any purchases, and if you line it with tinfoil and place it over your head is said to help listening to Brandis explain metadata 10x easier.

And finally a range of Phone covers ( Iphone, Ipad and Galaxy devices ) these cases will ensure that you never hand over your complete browsing history to the government. Because you are a Team Australia player, you don’t need to prove your loyalty, you are, we are, we are Team Australia as the song goes.

PTV Proud owners of a new Poor Tax Penalty Fare System.

The problem with being poor is that the system really likes to ensure you stay that way.

Public Transport Victoria’s new on the spot fines trial is just an extension of this. Always have a spare $75 on your Visa Card, easy no problem. Struggle to make ends meet on the dole or on Ausstudy well, tough luck that will be $217 thank you very much.

The new 12 month trial of “penalty fares” is nothing but a poverty tax. Spin it anyway you like, but those able to pay the $75 fine are $142 better off.

Funny how the only things the penalty fare applies for are:

where the passenger:
• travels without a valid ticket or fails to produce a valid ticket on request.
• travels on a concession ticket without evidence of concession eligibility or fails to produce this on request.

Yes because most people on a concession ticket always have at least a spare $75 dollars floating around in their bank account that is why they are on a concession fare.

To ensure the system is not open to corruption they say the only payment option is via EFTPOS or Credit card, not cash. So wait a minute, the Authorised Officers have a mobile payment system, one that can take a massive chunk of money and yet they can’t allow someone to top up a fair because the Myki Topup machine was broken, doesn’t exist on the trams at all, or say you had paid online, but tough that takes up to 24 hours to get through to your card.

The whole Myki system is designed to be punitive (and a giant waste of money, check out https://sites.google.com/site/cheaperthanmyki/ to see what the cost of Myki could have purchased). Many overseas countries have machines inside the big destination stations allowing you to top up before you touch off for example. Here is Australia you are all guilty, and must be fined.

I have on a number of occasions had enough money to top up my fair, noticed my Myki was low and found the machine at my non staffed station vandalised so I couldn’t top up. My choice is never to pay before exit, it is exit and hope I get away with it, or pay a fine.

Of course the system is not open to abuse, because the Penalty Fares are at the discretion of the Authorised Officers. So what is to stop one of them saying, “hey slip me a $20 and I’ll give you the $75 fine, instead of the $217 version”.

In the end the reality is that it now just means the fines are smaller for the rich and larger for the poor.